Sony’s PlayStation 3–once an unattainably boutique-priced $600, now a more sanely-priced $300–never got around to bundling an HDMI cable. This, despite Sony frequently touting the system’s high-definition prowess and mysterious “it only does everything” powers. What do you get out of the box? A creaky old composite cable, fit for those of you with personal time machines and a predilection for nostalgically warping back to the flickery, low-def twentieth-century.
No, sadly it won’t grace the $300 120GB model, but it sounds like it will show up in the plus-$50 250GB one. What’s more, for the bonus price of $350 total, the latter’s rumored to include a copy of LittleBigPlanet, the Greatest Hits Game of the Year Edition.
Now before you get too excited–and as others have repeatedly pointed out to me when I run price comparisons–you can pick up an HDMI cable for between $10 and $15 just about anywhere. They’re cheap, in other words, and we know Sony’s already lost its shirt, pants, shoe, shoe-laces, and underwear trying to get the PS3’s price down while hemorrhaging money like a cash-filled axe-whacked pinata.
Still, LittleBigPlanet GOTY edition sells for $30 new. That plus $10 for the cable adds up to $40–$40 you’re getting gratis if you pick up the 250GB PS3 SKU.
If this all pans out, it’s almost inarguably a steal of a deal. Sure, LittleBigPlanet has its shortcomings–it wasn’t quite the game-changer Sony hoped it’d be–but I can think of far worse overhyped games to pack-in. Lair, Haze, or Alpha Protocol, anyone?