Sony is gearing up to unveil its highest capacity PS3 to date, with 160 GB on the disk, 256 MB of system RAM plus 256 MB of GDDR3 for graphics, HDMI, and Wi-Fi $499 system. The upper-tier will be bundled with the new Sony game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune and a DualShock 3 controller.
One of the new accessories Sony is telling gamers to expect this holiday season is a wireless keypad addition to the DualShock 3 controller — something that can seamlessly (somehow) socket itself to the side of the unit. Though without providing any advance pictures, Sony is saying that the keyboard element of this keypad can double as a touch-sensitive pad with the flip of a switch, which implies that this device may not have moving keys in the traditional sense, but rather sensitive regions that can behave as keys. That may lead developers to wonder whether those regions are actually programmable — that is, whether exclusive templates could be distributed for specific games that support the keypad.
Sony also announced that on October 14 in the US, its venerable PlayStation Portable will be updated with a new glare-resistant display with a higher color gamut than the current model. Reporters got their first peek at the model PSP-3000 at a Sony press conference in Leipzig, Germany, though official photos have not yet been released. That bundle will feature a 4 GB memory stick, an entertainment package which features a new edition of the popular game series Ratchet & Clank, and a UMD version of the movie National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets.