via Games Industry

While Sony may have no plans for a price cut before Christmas, the company is set to release multiple bundled hardware for the key retail period.

An 80GB PlayStation 3, complete with DualShock 3 controller, will sell in Japan for JPY 39,800 (EUR 289 / GBP 226) – the same price as the current 40GB unit. The system will be available in black, white and silver, according to Famitsu, reports IGN.

For a limited time, Sony will also be including a copy of Gran Turismo 5 Prologue Spec III with the system.

A LittleBigPlanet 80GB bundle is also due in Japan, retailing for JPY 44,980 (EUR 327 / GBP 255) complete with a copy of the Media Molecule-developed title and two DualShock 3 controllers.

In addition, the DualShock 3 will also be bundled with a copy of LittleBigPlanet for JPY 7980 (EUR 58 / GBP 45), and also available in silver, black and white.

Yesterday, EDAAR analyst Jesse Divnich urged Sony to drop the price of the console in the face of stiff competition by Microsoft this Christmas.

It's expected the new bundles will be announced at Tokyo Game Show, which begins tomorrow. has contact Sony Europe for further details.