Sony announces 160GB PS3, keyboard add-on

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In a series of announcements this afternoon at the Leipzig Games Convention, Sony not only revealed it would begin shipping a new PSP model soon. The company also announced plans to introduce a new $499.99, 160GB PlayStation 3 bundle as well as a Wireless Keypad add-on for the console.

The bundle, slated for release in November, will include the game “Uncharted: Drake's Fortune,” as well as a voucher to download “PAIN” from the PlayStation Network. This marks Sony’s highest capacity PS3 to date and also confirms rumors of a new SKU that have been swirling around following the announcement of a new $399.99 model with 80GB capacity.

Also available in November will be the new wireless keypad, which mounts over the top of the PlayStation 3 controller and adds a full QWERTY keyboard that is operated with the thumbs. While a similar peripheral has been available on the Xbox 360 for some time, Sony's offering is different in that it can also double as a touch-sensitive pad to provide a mouse-like input on the screen just by gliding the finger over the keyboard itself.

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