Sony today announced a new 80GB model of its PLAYSTATION3 (PS3) computer entertainment system. Beginning in August, the new PS3 model will be available in North America for a
suggested retail price of $599/$659 CND and will be sold with the popular online-enabled racing game MotorStorm(TM). In conjunction with this news, the company also announced that effective immediately, the current 60GB PS3 model will be available in North America for $499/$549 CND, or $100 below the original launch price. Here are the details from the announcement:
"By featuring an expanded hard disk drive (HDD), the new 80GB PS3 is
designed to appeal to the online gaming and entertainment enthusiast,
providing ample storage space to download more games and other
entertainment content from PLAYSTATION(R)Network. There are currently more
than 60 playable games and game-related downloads available through
PLAYSTATION(R)Store, with expanded entertainment content coming soon. The
new model features the million-selling game MotorStorm in the box, allowing
up to 12 players to play online at one time, hitting the dirt in this
visually-arresting, fast-paced racing title.
Throughout the holidays and this fiscal year, more than 120 new first
and third-party software titles will be available for North American PS3
users to enjoy, in addition to the more than 40 software titles currently
available. Key upcoming first-party titles include Folklore(TM), Heavenly
Sword(TM), LAIR, NBA '08, Ratchet & Clank(R) Future: Tools of
Destruction(TM), SingStar(TM), SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation, THE
EYE OF JUDGMENT(TM), Uncharted: Drake's Fortune and Warhawk(TM).
Numerous third-party titles, including several exclusives, will also be
available such as Devil May Cry(R)IV, Dynasty Warriors(R):GUNDAM(R), Grand
Theft Auto IV, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Hellboy, Metal
Gear Solid 4 Guns of the Patriots, Ninja Gaiden Sigma(R), SEGA Rally(R)
Revo, Stranglehold(TM), The Darkness, TimeShift(TM), Tom Clancy's Rainbow
Six Vegas and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter(TM) 2.
Additional games and services will also be available for PS3 system
owners through the PLAYSTATION Network including PlayStation Home, a
state-of-the-art 3D online community that serves as a meeting place for PS3
users around the world, as well as numerous downloadable games including
the highly-anticipated title PAIN.
"As we move into the next phase of PS3, it's important that we continue
to evaluate our product line, offering consumers the technology and
features that meet their growing needs for new forms of media and the way
in which it is delivered," said Jack Tretton, president and CEO of SCEA.
"The introduction of the 80GB PS3, the new pricing for the current 60GB
model, the availability of more than 100 new software titles this fiscal
year and, finally, the expansion of services for PLAYSTATION Network, will
provide even more options for users and will help bring new consumers into
the PS3 fold."
Both the 80GB and 60GB PS3 models come standard with Cell Broadband
Engine(TM) (Cell/B.E.), Blu-ray Disc(TM) (BD) player, built-in HDD, 1080p
high-definition output, Wi-Fi connectivity and SIXAXIS(TM) wireless