- PlayStation 3


MGS4 PS3 Bundle Announced for Q2
Includes backwards-compatibility via software emulation.
By VGGEN Staff 02/27/2008 12:29:50 PST
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At the company's Destination PlayStation event, which is aimed primarily at the retail and publisher community, Sony announced Tuesday that it will release a Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots PlayStation 3 bundle in late Q2 2008 (some sites are reporting June 12th as the official date, but we cannot find confirmation of this).

This new bundle will come packed with not only the most-anticipated PS3 title of 2008, an 80GB console, but also a new DualShock 3 wireless controller for $499.99. Even better, SCEA PR Manager Al De Leon has confirmed in a response to a comment on PlayStation.Blog that the included 80GB PS3 will include limited backwards compatibility with PS2 titles via emulation. This means that the first three titles in the series, as well as compilation Metal Gear Solid: The Essentials Collection, should work on the bundle (although MGS3: Subsistence is reported to have some slowdown at times).

“Working closely with our retail and publishing partners and sharing our hardware and software roadmaps at Destination PlayStation gives us a great opportunity to outline some key milestones for the year. In response to incredible demand, we will be manufacturing more 80GB PS3s for North America and the Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots 80GB PS3 bundle is an ideal way to offer that continued value to our consumers,” said Jack Tretton, president and CEO, SCEA. “With Blu-ray having won the format war, our stellar software line-up and a broad product portfolio, we will continue to drive the incredible momentum we’ve been generating since last fall.”

In other MGS4 news, SCEA announced a pre-order promotion where gamers will get a chance to access the multiplayer beta test for Metal Gear Online in late April.

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