Japan to get silver PS3, cheaper games

Sony Computer Entertainment Japan has officially confirmed a new satin silver PS3 and budget software range coming to its home region in March.

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Japanese PlayStation 3s will soon be going silver--and the metallic colour doesn't come as a major surprise following similar variants for the slimline PlayStation 2, original PS2, and PlayStation Portable. It also follows two other colours available for the PS3 in Japan, clear black and ceramic white--the latter of which was first introduced to Japan last year and also hinted to be making its way stateside.

The new silver console will also be accompanied by a matching DualShock 3 controller. The system will go on sale for ¥39,800 ($374, £188) alongside the new controller for ¥5,500 ($52, £26) in Japan from March 6.

Sony Computer Entertainment Japan also confirmed a reduced-price range of PS3 software, akin to the PS2's Platinum range, referred to as "The Best" in Japan. The five games will be available in Japan from March 19 with a price of ¥3,800 ($35, £18) each. The lineup includes Folklore, Resistance: Fall of Man, Ninja Gaiden Sigma, Mobile Suit Gundam: Target in Sight (released as Mobile Suit Gundam: Crossfire in some territories), and Ridge Racer 7.

Sony Europe did not immediately return calls to comment on whether the new colour or budget-game range would be coming to other regions.

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nccpeter

Come on sony, release the Greatest Hits line already!!!

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LordReithgar

a silver Ps3 woulda been nice if had came out before and as a 60 or 80 GB sku, I haven't been interested in the 40 GB one at all!

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flip13lolb

Cool the dualshock 3 is finnally coming but after using the six axis I don't feel a need anymore

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powerframe8

FINALLY GREATEST HITS. And all of them I want to pick up. Well mostly Resistence and Folklore. Good job sony... now just make this announcement for northamerica.

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footfoe2

woot! greatest hits finaly coming! wonder what they'll look like

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judge__judy

I really don't care what colour my console is, as long as it works

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meharu

hmm can i import a siver one from amazon

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xgalacticax

I love the ceramic white

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storm1110

£188?! thats ridiculously cheap :|

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chickenfeed9

well at least without regional lockout they can be imported...

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I hope they make them cheaper in the rest of the world

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Ballroompirate

Wow sony likes to spoil Japan while everyone else gets screwed...

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Krazyjp7

damn, they better drop prices on the US too, and i hope the Dual Shock 3 really costs $52, like in japan when it hits the stores in the US....so i can get it right when it comes out....i dont care about the new PS3 since i already have mine and is the best decision i made...i Got the 80GB and it plays ALL games, from PS1-PS3....unlike the new 40GB that doesnt play PS2 games....at least they should make the new 40GB ones compatible with the PS2 games, so i can buy one silver for my uncle on his b-day

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IIBlackknightII

I like the game Mobile Suit Gundam.I hope they do same thing worldwide too.8)

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FearNinja

I wish PS3 games were cheaper here in the U.S.

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Iam_sparticus

Its really intriguing listening to everyone moaning about getting the raw deal from Sony...AGAIN! Although they are a global company, they are still based in Japan and as such must see to their home markets first! Nintendo behave just the same ... and this is no different to how Xbox treat consumers outside the US!

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erv

I hope it comes to North America.

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x_maestro_x

oh one more thing everyone hit me up, x EL MAESTRO x gamertag...

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WhyRun

i do hope Sony extends the same benefits it affords Japan here. It is well known that releasing multiple colored consoles has always been popular in Japan and has been met with lackluster enthusiasm here (US), however, with the US adoption level of PS3 low (altho i have one, so this won't convince me) additional colors cold help sales here, as more people are likely on the fence over spending money and perhaps colors MAY influence their decision, increase sales?

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x_maestro_x

well gotta go..good talking dcmdream...im glad we can all share our thoughts here without, getting into a stupid argument of which system is the best.... because they all have good things... anyway laters everyone

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WhyRun

@ x_maestro_x Warhawk was suppose to be a launch title, such was the comment when PS3 was unveiled at E3. it came out almost a year after launch. 10 month delay...

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o_laggy_o

Of course they are.

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kyuss015

I hope Sony will introduce a budget set of softwar stateside. If Ninja Gaiden and Heavenly Sword hit 30 dollars, I am so there.

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x_maestro_x

dcmdream..I know what you mean about games taking much longer, obviously the quality is much higher. take this is consideration, PS1 was the first counsel to go 3D and do it right and there was no history in SONY for creating games. They came out of no where and took the game world by the balls, why? because they designed PS1, where it was easier to develop games even though they went into a whole new generation of gaming. Thats what made Playstation.

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rene55

aww.. i want a silver ps3 here.. shucks...

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SPD_WeBmAsTaH

I can't wait until it comes out over here now.

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dcmdream

x_maestro_x "ok, true, was not aware, I take back that comment. but none the less these games are taking way too long. I remember when I got PS1, it came with that demo disc, with like 4 or 5 playable demos and the rest videos, does anyone remember? almost all those vids and demos in that disc where good games. and it came out within the first year and half. We need a flow of games like that." This generation of games take alot longer to develope than back in the PS1 days.

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Oktoberfest

come on, go greatest hits for the Americas!

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x_maestro_x

Loucetios x_maestro_x Resistance (no Delays) Motorstorm (no Delays) Ratchet (came out a week early) Uncharted (came out 2 days early) Warhawk (no Delays) PSN titles (No Delays) ok, true, was not aware, I take back that comment. but none the less these games are taking way too long. I remember when I got PS1, it came with that demo disc, with like 4 or 5 playable demos and the rest videos, does anyone remember? almost all those vids and demos in that disc where good games. and it came out within the first year and half. We need a flow of games like that.

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carljohnson3456

"x_maestro_x I had so many good games by the time PS2 hit the first year. I know they need time to create good games, but it just takes too damn long, when was the last time a PS3 game came out without any delays? we'll be lucky if FFXIII and Gran Turismo come out this year." Well, there are still more than a handful of great games on the PS3 right now. Only two great games I can recall on the PS2 in it's first year was GTA3, Twisted Metal Black and MGS2. lol. I could be really wrong on that one, but that's the only three I recall, lol.

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Loucetios

x_maestro_x Resistance (no Delays) Motorstorm (no Delays) Ratchet (came out a week early) Uncharted (came out 2 days early) Warhawk (no Delays) PSN titles (No Delays) There are tons of games that didn't get delayed, people just concentrate on the big ones, really the only game that has gotten delayed a lot was MGS4, Haze and FFXIII, we were never promised things last year that people complain about

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smadiso1

Sony is saving gamers money?! What world did I just wake up in? :shock: If only this would come to the states soon. *wink wink, nudge nudge* ;)

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jamsterpf

It would be great if this happened in Europe!

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x_maestro_x

carljohnson3456: "They're getting software out there, but dont expect there to be as many for the PS2 this soon man. Give 'em time, they're on the right track." I had so many good games by the time PS2 hit the first year. I know they need time to create good games, but it just takes too damn long, when was the last time a PS3 game came out without any delays? we'll be lucky if FFXIII and Gran Turismo come out this year.

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EiRoGGe

I would love to see such prices in Europe :-/

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x_maestro_x

There are many issues with all 3 major counsels, the problem really is that WE the consumers are stupid and buy any crap these companies make, this is why sony creates hype about PS3 that really is not impressive, MS creates hype about xbox which has hardware issues, and giving they do have excellent software, but in reality they can do much more, and nintendo hypes wii which lacks %80 of what a modern devise should have. This happens because we are stupid enough to buy these seriously dumbed down hardware.

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Bodboy466

@theclaw Well, I know when I've been schooled. Didn't realize it was called Platinum in Europe. I concede the point.

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carljohnson3456

"x_maestro_x I don't understand what happened to Sony. I was a huge fan of the PS2 and now all they care about is hardware. It's cool that you make slick hardware but the software lacks so massively in comparison to PS2. " Man, I can understand where you're coming from, but the PS2 was out for 7 or 8 years. The PS3 has been out for little over a year. In one year, they released Resistance, HS, Ratchet, Lair, Warhawk, Folklore, Genji, Uncharted, and Motorstorm... there's probably more but I'm forgetting them I guess. They're getting software out there, but dont expect there to be as many for the PS2 this soon man. Give 'em time, they're on the right track.

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_Cab0ose87_

@ tripwolf.. Wow cry more, how is it not fair for Sony to want to appeal to its HOME market first. I'm positive ANY other manufacturer would do the same for their home country.

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d_hutdude

cool !!

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Loucetios

People, this is NOT a new Sku, its just a different color for the Skus already out, sheesh

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Lepuke

I want to buy a PS3, but knowing that the Dual Shock 3 controller will be included with the system soon makes me want to wait even longer...

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ShArP_ShOt

oyyy, i hope this happens in america too. well at least the "best of" games, i think i might buy a couple if they were less expensive.

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Lum_Yatsura

This article is written by GameSpot UK. What most people don't know is the fact Sony introduced confusion by called their budget range "The Best" in Japan, "Greatest Hits" in the US, and "Platinum" in Europe. Rather than sticking with a name that'd be recognized worldwide.

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dcmdream

I agree with some of the comments about Sony's somewhat lack of focus on games and more on different consoles. It seems everytime I turn around there is another version of the PS3 being announced. Does the color of the system really matter? Black is fine. Sony, please shift your focus towards helping devs with the system and stop changing it every couple months. I want a PS3, but only when the BIG exclusive titles hit and when I feel confident Sony has settled on the systems hdd size, memory ports, usb ports, BC,not BC, duelshock, no duelshock, game included, no game, movie included, no movie......anything else? oh yeah, color.

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NinjaMunkey01

Tripwolf well duh. They are based there. Ms does not take care of the UK first or japan either. Plus if you hadn't noticed, there are games for the ps3. That comment is old.

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Chaudzff

Hmm a bit behind....

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Tripwolf

This is why you should support the 360. Sony takes care of Japan before America EVERY time. Totally not fair.

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Bodboy466

Wow, nice GS. You're really slipping. PS2 had "Greatest Hits" not Platinum. Nevermind that this news is over a week old. We've known at Playstation.com for quite awhile now.