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. 😉
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.
I guess the sun did shine on a dog's ass. LMAO. Good stuff Sony, let's see if Microsoft will retaliate.
30 million here sony comes.
hardy har har happy april fools day
Yeah I thought that too.
Sadly, I think you are right.
It is way to good to be true
Ben did this last year with a Final Fantasy VII remake joke.
Damn you Dutka!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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.
Nice try …..
OOOOH you almost had me!
Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 3/31/2009 10:40:55 PM
got jokes i see
Wow. I think Sony finally got it right.
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
I think it was last April 1st when he said that FFVII would get a remake.
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. 😛
I second that.
April fooooolssss!!!! nice try, good one though
PSN ID Biggest_GMoney
what a bad joke… of very bad taste 😛
yea rright sony wouldn't make a move like that……or would they ?
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..
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
I would think it was a April Fools joke but this article was posted on the 31st?
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…
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.
i did some searching, turns out no such announcements exist…
[CONFIRMED AS A JOKE]
sadly to say..
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
He would have mentioned "It's not an April fools joke" lol if it were true
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
Yupp its true II witness the whole damn thing GTFOH psxextreme got jokes today.
I don't even know why I got all hyped. I've already got a PS3.
lol same here.. fooled indeed.
Lol ah I was expecting something more creative Ben.
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)
Lol @ April Fools. Ben… go outside and look at your car. I… fixed the coloring up a bit 😉
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
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
If this is a joke, it lacks a punchline.
at first i was like HOLY SH*T!! thats awesome!…but very quickly realised its not true. good one ben
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.
Dude, He was joking
Dave Chappelle: "Jokes and jokes and jokes and jokes…"
spaghetti, spaghetti, spaghetti, spaghetti
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
Why would you make me want to choke you Ben? WHY!?
That couldn't be a joke 04/06/2009 go get yours if you haven't had chance to get a PS3
Damn Ben, thats a cruel yet good april fools joke
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!!!!