With sales of current-generation consoles slowing and the promise of next-generation consoles just months away, Microsoft and Sony are going to be heavily marketing the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 this spring. Their efforts will target those gamers who own only one of these consoles, encouraging them to buy the other. Sony’s latest PlayStation 3 bundle does just that.
Sony today announced the new God of War: Ascencion “Legacy Bundle.” The console bundle will include a “garnet red” PlayStation 3 slim console with 500GB of storage. It also comes with a copy of the upcoming God of War: Ascension and a copy of God of War: Saga. The requisite 30-days of PlayStation Plus membership are also thrown in with the deal.
Saga includes all five previous God of War games, including God of War, God of War II, God of War III, and God of War: Origins, which itself includes God of War: Chains of Olympus and God of War: Ghost of Sparta. That’s all six God of War games in one package.
Sony’s statement on the bundle states that the products is the “ultimate collectors’ item for God of War fans” and that it allows fans to “relive nostalgic memories of their first God of War adventure.” That’s not who the product is really aimed at, however. Sony wants Xbox 360 owners who are burnt out on Xbox LIVE and who haven’t ever played the God of War series.
Unfortunately, the number of games in the bundle has raised its price. The God of War bundle will cost $349, almost $50 more than other big-title launch bundles, such as those for Uncharted 3 and Assassin’s Creed III.