GC 2008: Sony Hardware Announcements

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Unlike Microsoft and Nintendo, who chose not to go up on stage to sing and dance, Sony put on somewhat of an interesting press conference which included games and a fair bit of hardware announcements. And since anything SCEE said at Leipzig pertained to Europe alone, SCEA put up a blog post detailing the North American version.

Here’s the breakdown:

PlayStation 3 with 160 GB Hard Drive

  • November for $499.99  USD/CAD
  • Comes with Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune
  • DualShock 3
  • Voucher for PSN game PAIN

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GC 2008: Xbox 360 D-Pad Improved

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The Xbox 360 controller, arguably the greatest dual analog controller, is inching closer to perfection with an upcoming d-pad redesign. The new d-pad will sport an eight way input instead of the four way input used now. IGN UK have said it’s proving to be more ‘tactile’ with a larger rocker supporting the d-pad.

Fighting game fans, like myself, welcome the change as the current Xbox 360 d-pad is just awful for those kinds of games. Now we just need a way to distinguish between old models and new models. Oh, and pricing and availability would also be nice.

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