AUS PS3 launch: the details

The launch of Sony’s PlayStation 3 next month will be accompanied by a host of freebies that Sony hopes will take the sting out of the game console’s $999 price tag.

The James Bond film Casino Royale will be offered free to the first 20,000 buyers who register their PS3 online. Additionally the game Gran Turismo: HD will be available to all PS3 buyers as a free download from the PlayStation Network.

In total 30 game titles will be available at launch, with a recommended retail price of $99.95 each.

Sony Australia and New Zealand managing director Michael Ephraim made the announcements at a media briefing this morning.

Some of the new information mentioned that wasn’t already known-

  • There’ll be over 30 games available for the Australian launch
  • All first-party Sony titles will be $99.95
  • Sixaxis controller confirmed as $79.95, Blu-Ray remote at $49.95
  • Australian launch units will ship with firmware version 1.5

The March 23 launch was originally scheduled for November 17 last year, but this was marred by production issues associated with the bundled Blu-ray player.

Source: SMH

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