Update: As if you really needed to know by now, but…April Fools.  We figured Sony might be annoyed if we didn't issue the clarification, as obvious as it is. 😉

Original Story:

Well, that was tricky, Sony. You make us all think the "big announcement" is little more than a PS2 price drop , and then, you wait 24 hours to give us the bombshell. Whatever; we can roll with that!

As of Monday, April 6, the current PlayStation 3 model will drop in price to $299. This is the price cut some analysts have predicted and gamers have requested since the start of 2009, and although Sony has indeed remained insistent that they had "no such plans," the economy may have gotten to them. Either that, or they're just taking the opportunity to give everyone what they want and simultaneously provide us with a new model…an upgrade, as it turns out. This new PS3 model will feature a 160GB hard drive, and – wait for it – the return of backwards compatibility! Well, partially, anyway. They won't be re-implementing that graphics synthesizer chip from the original 60GB PS3 that allowed for almost full b/c for PS2 software. However, they have decided to bring back software emulation, which means that most all of PS1 titles will work on the machine, and "about 80%" of all PS2 software will work, too.

Furthermore, and for a limited time only, this new PS3 model will include a copy of Resistance 2 , tossed in for no extra charge . This means the new SKU will come with the 160GB hard drive, Insomniac's brilliant shooter, and backwards compatibility, all for the price we're all currently used to: $399. The PS3 that's sitting on store shelves right now? That will get the $100 price drop, and of course, you won't be getting any extra goodies with it. We have heard that some retailers may do something special for this new PS3 model, too; something about Blu-Ray movie promotions has been mentioned, but there's nothing concrete just yet. We'll let you know.

So anyway, say "thank you," everyone. It's basically what you wanted.

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Mole
Mole
11 years ago

I guess the sun did shine on a dog's ass. LMAO. Good stuff Sony, let's see if Microsoft will retaliate.

Naga
Naga
11 years ago

ROFL

BIG_E
BIG_E
11 years ago

30 million here sony comes.

rufii
rufii
11 years ago

hardy har har happy april fools day

Zephyr_Ex
Zephyr_Ex
11 years ago

Yeah I thought that too.

Gogaku
Gogaku
11 years ago

Obviously

chilker
chilker
11 years ago

Sadly, I think you are right.

Jed
Jed
11 years ago

It is way to good to be true

robinhood2010
robinhood2010
11 years ago

Ben did this last year with a Final Fantasy VII remake joke.

Damn you Dutka!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

D_RoyJenkins
D_RoyJenkins
11 years ago

Is this real? This article screams April fools…is there a source? This isn't posted on the PS blog or anywhere else for that matter.

Perry Katy
Perry Katy
11 years ago

Okay……

…………………………………………..

Sir Shak
Sir Shak
11 years ago

Nice try …..

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

OOOOH you almost had me!


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 3/31/2009 10:40:55 PM

txgamer
txgamer
11 years ago

got jokes i see

NoSmokingBandit
NoSmokingBandit
11 years ago

Wow. I think Sony finally got it right.

Edit:
Dammit, i just saw this is posted on the first, although its only 11:40 on the east coast, so Ben is either in the UK, has a time machine, or is shitting us.


Last edited by NoSmokingBandit on 3/31/2009 10:41:15 PM

Jed
Jed
11 years ago

I think it was last April 1st when he said that FFVII would get a remake.

DIsmael85
DIsmael85
11 years ago

Dude this is seriously an April fools joke. As no store was notified of this info, only the PS2 price cut, working at the good ol' Gamestop pays off. 😛

Jed
Jed
11 years ago

I second that.

isaya85
isaya85
11 years ago

April fooooolssss!!!! nice try, good one though

PSN ID Biggest_GMoney

Jonnyrage
Jonnyrage
11 years ago

what a bad joke… of very bad taste 😛

Los87
Los87
11 years ago

yea rright sony wouldn't make a move like that……or would they ?

Gregory Freeman
Gregory Freeman
11 years ago

at first i was like har har april fools, then i gave in and thought that maybe it was true, but now that april 1st thoughts back… but hey, here its still march 31st for another 12 mins, so one can still hope…

seriously, that price drop, would make microsoft and all their xbots fill their pants… if this is true, then april 1st is the beginning of sony's massive victory, and microsofts colossal failure..

Acehiroku
Acehiroku
11 years ago

Dang U Ben ! U got me all hyped up, I'm about to tell all my friends who haven't got a PS3…..and then I realize…this is April

Banky A
Banky A
11 years ago

Hah!
I would think it was a April Fools joke but this article was posted on the 31st?

Still, lol

=D

JasperLoons
JasperLoons
11 years ago

This certainly sounds too good to be true, but would Ben be foolish enough to make this joke?
He seems like the kind of guy who would know how bad this might piss people off…

Jordahn
Jordahn
11 years ago

G otta be an April's Fool joke. I say this because it doesn't fit in with the Target PS3 80GB bundle with Resistance & Motorstorm.

Gregory Freeman
Gregory Freeman
11 years ago

i did some searching, turns out no such announcements exist…

[CONFIRMED AS A JOKE]

sadly to say..

Zemus101
Zemus101
11 years ago

lol some people actually assumed that Sony would do this! lol Life isn't that easy guys, I think I would go out and buy a 2nd ps3 just for the hell of it if this actually happened today haha

Zemus101
Zemus101
11 years ago

He would have mentioned "It's not an April fools joke" lol if it were true

NightHawk17
NightHawk17
11 years ago

This was just cruel Ben, I guess i won't be coming here anymore……April Fools!!!!!

See what i did there?


Last edited by NightHawk17 on 3/31/2009 11:17:27 PM

Cpt_Geez
Cpt_Geez
11 years ago

Yupp its true II witness the whole damn thing GTFOH psxextreme got jokes today.

Troy Powers
Troy Powers
11 years ago

Bastard.
I don't even know why I got all hyped. I've already got a PS3.

piratedrunk
piratedrunk
11 years ago

lol same here.. fooled indeed.

ps92117
ps92117
11 years ago

Lol ah I was expecting something more creative Ben.

infekt
infekt
11 years ago

Nice one. I got all excited. Then I remembered what time it was on the east coast! DAMN YOU BEN!!! (in the most respectful way, of course)

Tatsujin
Tatsujin
11 years ago

Lol @ April Fools. Ben… go outside and look at your car. I… fixed the coloring up a bit 😉

isaya85
isaya85
11 years ago

I was prepared for this I wasn't going to get punk'd again, obviously some of you don't remember last year when Ben got us with that FFVII remake article

PSN ID Biggest_GMoney

SerendipityDeus
SerendipityDeus
11 years ago

U made me cry ='( not cool ben not cool at all, I'd forgotten about april fools, then I'm reading some of the comments and my world comes crash back to reality, I think I died alittle inside lol

Indigo_Dingo
Indigo_Dingo
11 years ago

If this is a joke, it lacks a punchline.

hart_attack
hart_attack
11 years ago

at first i was like HOLY SH*T!! thats awesome!…but very quickly realised its not true. good one ben

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

Fuck yeah!
Just for that I'm getting another one!

Been wanting to get a second one so I can LAN play and play alone with friends in the same room hehe.

kevinater321
kevinater321
11 years ago

Dude, He was joking

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Dave Chappelle: "Jokes and jokes and jokes and jokes…"

dso8515
dso8515
11 years ago

spaghetti, spaghetti, spaghetti, spaghetti

KevinCairo
KevinCairo
11 years ago

This would be a good idea: sell the crap out of the 160gb SKU because they would probably lose less money on it (harddrives are cheap and software emulation probably isn't too pricey), but offer the $299 SKU to please shareholders and publishers and also to shut everyone else the he11 up.


Last edited by KevinCairo on 3/31/2009 11:58:09 PM

InfiniteNine
InfiniteNine
11 years ago

Why would you make me want to choke you Ben? WHY!?

PSN _HAITIAN_JB
PSN _HAITIAN_JB
11 years ago

That couldn't be a joke 04/06/2009 go get yours if you haven't had chance to get a PS3

aaronisbla
aaronisbla
11 years ago

Damn Ben, thats a cruel yet good april fools joke

th0mas21
th0mas21
11 years ago

yeah ben im still pissed from last years April fools… i wanted the new discless ps3 and ffVII remake… your luck i dont have a fast car to beat your 350z with, CUZ i WOULD!!!!

Buckeyestar
Buckeyestar
11 years ago

…not…cool…