It's officially official: the recently announced $400 40GB PlayStation 3 slips onto shelves in the United States on November 2, while the 80GB model drops $100 to $500, giving Sony a much needed one-two sales punch this coming holiday season. The 40GB model's arrival is crucial, because it's just $50 more than Microsoft's $350 Xbox 360 Premium.
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"Point for point, Sony's PlayStation 3 pretty handily thumps Microsoft's Xbox 360. Oh sure, you have more entry-level options with the 360, but how many of you won't eventually pick up that $100 wireless card so you can play in front of any TV in the house without a cable? The hard drive (on the entry-level "Arcade" 360) so you can download demos and import music and store unlimited saved games and avoid jerky performance in certain hard-drive-preferred games? The HD-DVD player to view high-definition movies? The $50 a year Xbox Gold membership so you can play Xbox 360 games against other players online? Add all those up, and in all three Xbox 360 configurations, you get "practical use" configurations that rate notably more expensive than Sony's all-in-one PlayStation 3."