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SCEA announces immediate availability of 80GB PS3

SCEA has announced that the new 80GB PS3 with the MotorStorm pack-in is available immediately from brick-and-mortar stores as well as online merchants. For $599, you get a the new downloadable-content friendly 80GB PS3 as well as a 'free' copy of MotorStorm, one of the most popular online games on the PS3. From the sounds of it, you also get a slightly more accurate Sixaxis controller as well (wonder if that will make Super Rub-a-Dub any easier to control).

The release of the new PS3 now puts North America back into the 'dual-sku' position that we we thought we had finally escaped from. At least this time around, we have two fantastic options as opposed to one fantastic option and a crappy gimped option. Plus, considering the 60GB PS3 has a limited life-span we can expect to go back to $599 single-SKU in the future. Hopefully, Sony will listen to their consumers and realize that as much as we like a single-SKUs, we also like $499 PS3s.

Full Press Release after jump.
Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. (SCEA) today announced the availability of a new 80GB PLAYSTATION(R)3 (PS3(TM)) at online and brick-and-mortar retailers in the United States and Canada. The system, available immediately for a suggested retailer price of $599US/$659 CND, comes with the hit online-enabled off-road racing game MotorStorm(TM) packed in the box.

Featuring an expanded hard disk drive, 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.

"The 80GB PS3 offers expanded options in the PS3 family of products for those who want to enjoy more downloadable content," said Peter Dille, senior vice president of marketing, SCEA. "The new model will provide ample storage space to meet the appetites of those who wish to download content today, and for many more years to come. With the expanded disk capacity and dynamic system upgrades, we have effectively created a system that is 'future-proof', providing consumers an exceptional entertainment value that will stand the
test of time."

The 80GB model joins the existing 60GB PS3 that has been available at retail since launch last November. The 60GB PS3 is currently enjoying a surge in sales following a price reduction in the US and Canada on July 9 of $100 to $499/$549 CND. Since that date, unit sales at the company's top five retailers have jumped 113% when compared to the average sales of four weeks prior to the price drop. SCEA will continue to sell the 60GB in the US and Canada at the new, reduced price until current inventory is depleted, which is predicted to be this fall based on current consumer demand.

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, PAIN, and Warhawk(TM).

Both the 80GB and 60GB PS3 models come standard with Cell Broadband Engine(TM) (Cell/B.E.), built-in hard disk drive, 1080p high-definition output, Wi-Fi connectivity, SIXAXIS(TM) wireless controller and Blu-ray
Disc(TM) player. According to Nielsen VideoScan, there are currently more than 270 high-definition Blu-ray Disc(TM) movies available at retail, including the recently released "300," "Shooter," and "Ghost Rider."

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1. I supposed when they mean "North America", they meant US ONLY!

because nowhere in Canada can you find the new SKU, not even Sonystore.ca

but then again, not remembering there are other countries in NA outside of US is such a small thing, how could they have remembered?

Posted at 8:39PM on Aug 6th 2007 by kingofwale

2. The 80gb is available on Aug. 12th in Canada..


Posted at 8:59PM on Aug 6th 2007 by phattie

3. They specifically mention Canada in the press release... anyway, this is a terrible option. They had better drop the price before the holidays, I just don't see consumers putting up with a price hike on the ps3.

Posted at 9:01PM on Aug 6th 2007 by mccomber

4. This BUNDLE needs to be $499 and the a non-bundle version at $449. Else all the recent good buzz is for nothing.


Posted at 9:14PM on Aug 6th 2007 by Kspraydad

5. actually.... funny story.... I bought a 60GB PS3 yesterday at the Sony Store in Toronto, and the sales clerk there informed me that if I wanted I could purchase an 80GB model w/the Motorstorm packing on the spot...

LIke the news story said though... we love our $499/549 PS3s... so I told the clerk he can hold onto his 80GB model (after all I already tossed him some free money with an extended warranty...

oh wells.

Posted at 9:21PM on Aug 6th 2007 by phoenix_sinistre (PSN)

6. @kingofwale: That's why people in the U.S. ignore Canadians - sometimes they bitch and whine so much about nothing! =P
(But even I love that hockey, eh?) =DD

@mccomber: How can you call it a price HIKE when the bundle includes more items, thereby making the BUNDLE a different product?... If it was an 80 gig with one controller and no game - I'd agree with you. But it isn't. So, no hike - just more value for the $600!

@Kspraydad: O.o That's only a $50 difference! And not much of a bargain at that! Lets see now, I have a 60 gig PS3, lets see what it would take to increase it to the bundle...
1) An 80 gig SATA 2.5" hdd = 89.99 (link: http://www.compusa.com/products/product_info.asp?pfp=SEARCH&Ntt=SATA+Hard+drive&N=0&Dx=mode+matchall&Ne=200000&Nty=1&D=SATA+Hard+drive&Ns=display%5Fprice%7C0&Ntk=All&product_code=342309 )

2) A second Sixaxis = 39.99 (link: http://www.compusa.com/products/product_info.asp?pfp=srch1&Ntt=sixaxis&N=0&Dx=mode+matchall&Ne=500000&Nty=1&D=sixaxis&Ntk=All&product_code=342828 )

3) A copy of Motorstorm = 59.99 (link: http://www.compusa.com/products/product_info.asp?pfp=SEARCH&Ntt=motorstorm&N=0&Dx=mode+matchall&Ne=500000&Nty=1&D=motorstorm&Ntk=All&product_code=344597 )

4) One PS3 (60 gig) = 499.99 (link: http://www.compusa.com/products/product_info.asp?pfp=SEARCH&Ntt=Playstation+3&N=0&Dx=mode+matchall&Ne=500000&Nty=1&D=Playstation+3&Ntk=All&product_code=343142 )

So, lets add all that up, rounded, shall we? 90 + 40 + 60 + 500 = 690. Bundle price = $599 (or $600)...

There you go! The bundle saves you almost $90!!! So, what you're saying is that a savings of $50 > a savings of $90?... In your cheapskate mind, you might think it's better, but in reality it is not. at $450 + $90 = $540... =o How cheap can a man be if he wants to save $60 on a premium package??? The prices you want btw, are unfairly low for a console that hasn't even been out a year yet, but still! The consumer is saving nearly ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS and yet it isn't enough for you??... Tell you what, why don't you go buy yourself a PSOne. I saw one at Newbury Comics, brand new, for $50... that's a $400 savings off what you suggest for a PS3. Just good luck finding any new games... idiot. >=S

Posted at 9:49PM on Aug 6th 2007 by Consolcwby

7. The thing is.... where did it say that the 80GB version gives you ANOTHER controller? ;)

Posted at 10:51PM on Aug 6th 2007 by kingofwale

8. Consolcwby, you need to rethink your argument.

You're charging for two hard drives. The 60GB PS3 includes a 60GB hard drive, so your shouldn't be adding the price of the 80GB hard drive, but the difference in price from the 60GB to the 80GB.

60GB ATA6 2.5" $49.99

80GB SATA 2.5" $59.99

There is a $10 upgrade for the additional 20GB plus 59.99 for MotorStorm. So we're getting an additional $70 in value, but paying $100 more. Sony also removed the EE which at this point isn't worth much in dollars, but I know how poorly software emulation works on my Xbox 360 so I decided to pick up the 60GB.

Posted at 11:25PM on Aug 6th 2007 by thetwohundredth

9. @thetwohundredth: My argument stated "Lets see now, I have a 60 gig PS3, lets see what it would take to increase it to the bundle... " Perhaps, you would rather I had said "upgrade it" instead of "increase it"? But, that's all pandantic now isn't it, since I didn't include the 5 free BD movies in with that now did I? And you also included the wrong 60gb hdd, the one I have I checked and it's cheaper then that. So, enjoy your 60gig and don't be so putzy - be nice. =P

Posted at 11:43PM on Aug 6th 2007 by Consolcwby

10. Consolcwby...

Where does the rudeness come from?

You call me an idiot yet can't even string together a coherent mathematical example. Adding the cost of an 80GB drive to the cost of a 60GB PS3 is retarded. I am talking VALUE not upgrade cost.

Can you also please link us to the 80GB bundle from SONY that included and extra SIXAXIS? Thanks.

Oh..and not to be pedantic or anything but the word is pedantic. If you are going to use your thesaurus please transcribe properly. Pointing out that your argument is completely off base is not pedantic anyway.

Posted at 12:53AM on Aug 7th 2007 by Kspraydad

11. You replied to mccomber "How can you call it a price HIKE when the bundle includes more items, thereby making the BUNDLE a different product?"

It's a hike, because the price of the value added items were less than the increase in price and the lower priced model was discontinued.

Here's the problem with bundles. Not everyone wants the game included. Let's take another look at your argument against Kspraydad.

$449 PS3
60GB Hard Drive

$499 PS3
80GB Hard Drive

The extra 20GB is $10 and MotorStorm is $60. You're receiving a $20 discount for purchasing a game you may or may not want with the console.

The hard drive is retail and likely costs less than $5 and MotorStorm is published by Sony, so a bundle would likely keep a similar profit margin at those prices. It's not the right time for Sony to offer a bundle, unless they do it at the same price point.

You didn't include the 5 free movies because they're worthless (imo). I would have rather received one movie of my choosing than five mediocre movies. I qualify, but haven't bothered to mail in the offer.

You called the other person a cheapskate and an idiot and you're asking me to be nice? BTW, I am aware there are cheaper 60GB drives out there, but I wanted to keep the model similar so there would be no confusion over the difference in price.

Posted at 1:11AM on Aug 7th 2007 by thetwohundredth

12. Why are you taking the cost of a 60GB HDD away from the cost of a 80GB hdd? It's not a "$10 upgrade", becuase youdon't pay $10 for the upgrade. You can't just buy 20GB for $10 dollars and add it to the 60 to make 80, it doesn't work that way.

So if the HDD costs $60 then the upgrade it self cost $60. It's idiocy to take the price of a 60 GB HDD away from the cost, because in real life, you wouldn't and can't do that.

Incase you still don't understand, think about his:
Someone gives you a free $60 80GB HDD for your PS3. You put it in replacing your old 60GB HDD. Has this saved you $10 or $60? You'll find the answer is the latter.

Posted at 6:11AM on Aug 7th 2007 by Ste

13. Being sure that my whole ps2 collection plays on my ps3 is priceless. The only thing that may screw things up for 60GB users is an update that deactivates the EE. That'll suck donkey.

Posted at 8:33AM on Aug 7th 2007 by Beach Bum

14. @Ste

The point is VALUE to a NEW consumer...not cost of upgrading.

The VALUE of a 80GB is PENNIES more than the VALUE of a 60GB.

Posted at 9:36AM on Aug 7th 2007 by Kspraydad

15. LOL!

Consolswby just raised his street cred in the "I'm a Sony Coporate Whore" category by flaming some well known "Sony Can Do No Wrong Fanboys"

Way to start feeding on your own, dumbass.

Posted at 11:53AM on Aug 7th 2007 by WebMaster

16. "Why are you taking the cost of a 60GB HDD away from the cost of a 80GB hdd? It's not a "$10 upgrade", becuase youdon't pay $10 for the upgrade. You can't just buy 20GB for $10 dollars and add it to the 60 to make 80, it doesn't work that way."

We're over here talking about Sony, and you come out of left field talking about users replacing hard drives?

I'll give you a hint. Sony can either purchase a 60GB or 80GB drive for the PS3. What will it cost them to use the 80GB instead of the 60GB hard drive?

Posted at 2:21PM on Aug 7th 2007 by thetwohundredth

17. What do they mean by downloadable-content friendly?

Posted at 3:18PM on Aug 7th 2007 by MattMan

18. I wonder if this new Sixaxis won't lose connection with the system randomly and cast your character into the pits of doom like my version does.

Posted at 4:01PM on Aug 7th 2007 by HektikLyfe

19. thetwohundredth covered it pretty nicely. I want my console ala carte, and if anything comes bundled I don't want to be charged for it; if you include a game, you'd best do it on your own dime. If I was buying a ps3 this year, I'd look at it as "why do I have to pay $600 to get one now when I only had to pay $500 before?"

Bottom line — the 80gb PS3 had best be available in some form in 2007 at $499 if Sony wants to have a chance at coming back in 2008.

Posted at 4:14PM on Aug 7th 2007 by mccomber

20. @Hektiklyfe

If you remember the original FCC application for the 80GB (self gloss) it was to enhance/change the bluetooth tech as well. The 'new' controllers take advantage of these changes to offer a more stable experience.

Posted at 9:05PM on Aug 7th 2007 by Kspraydad

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