Sony | PS3 price cut and cheap PSP **UPDATE**

Sony has made two relatively surprising announcements during their Gamescom 2011 keynote speech.  And neither of them appeared to mention hacking.  OK, they’re both much more interesting than that – the first is that effective immediately, the PS3 will have its price reduced.  And the second is the announcement of a new, cheap PSP.  Don’t expect either to mean much in South Africa for a while still.

The 160gb PS3 is dropping to $249.99 in the U.S., €249.99 in Europe and ¥24,980 in Japan.  On top of that, there is a new inFamous 2 320gb bundle available that comes in at the ridiculously low price of $300.  [Source]

**UPDATE**

Eurogamer is reporting that the UK price for the 160gb PS3 is £199.

Sony also revealed an all new PSP model which will sell for €99, but will come without WiFi.  It is expected to launch in Europe this Fall, but no other regions have been announced yet.  Is this the response to the 3DS price cut one has to wonder?

PlayStation Blog Europe has posted a few more details about the device. The new PSP will be dubbed the E-1000 and will feature the same matte finish as the PlayStation 3 slim console. As the handheld will lack WiFi, the only way to connect to the PlayStation Store will be via Sony’s Media Go software. So, uh, we hope there aren’t any Mac users among the E-1000’s prospective buyers.

A range of discounted UMD titles is also planned to launch alongside the device, including EyePet Adventures, Invizimals: The Lost Tribes and FIFA 12. Each game in the new lineup will be priced at €9.99.

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