Sony Computer Entertainment Japan announced this morning that it will be releasing a new 40GB PlayStation 3 model that comes with a “Satin Silver” color and is to be released in Japan on March 6th 2008 at a retail price of 39,980 yen (£189). It will also allow consumers to use the new DuelShcok 3 controllers (which you'll have to buy separately), but place your bets now on how much this bundle would cost if it was released in the UK.
Full press release:
Tokyo, February 5, 2008 - Sony Computer Entertainment Japan (SCEJ), a division of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) responsible for business operations in Japan, today announced that it would release PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3®) 40GB model in a new “Satin Silver” color in Japan on March 6th, 2008, at a recommended retail price of 39,980 yen (including tax). “Satin Silver” will also become available for DUALSHOCK®3 Wireless Controller at a recommended retail price of 5,500 yen (including tax).
A new fine metallic “Satin Silver” is offered as an additional color to the existing PS3® (CECHH00 Series) line-up of “Clear Black” and “Ceramic White”. Choosing from a broader selection of colors to match their lifestyle and preferences, users will be able to enjoy next generation interactive entertainment contents on Blu-ray Disc as well as via the broadband network at home.
Users will also be able to enjoy immersive game play experience on upcoming PS3 titles compatible with separately sold DUALSHOCK 3 Wireless Controller, including “Ryu ga Gotoku KENZAN!” (SEGA CORPORATION) and “echochrome” ※1 (SCE WWS). SCEJ will continue to further expand the PS3 platform with enhanced line-up of PS3 systems and peripheral products.