PS3 News

PS3 price cut by 100 USD, 80gb model unveiled

60gb model down to 499 USD

As predicted last week and hinted by Sony for some time, a revised PlayStation 3 console boasting a bigger hard-disk will go on sale in August. The new console will cost 599 USD in North America, and includes a hard-drive upped in size to 80gb, from the original 60gb.

The new and improved top-end PS3 will also come bundled with a copy of MotorStorm, and the big news is that the original 60gb PS3 will now retail for 100 USD less - 499 USD stateside. This price cut will be active from Monday, though the new 80gb model won't launch in North America until August.

Talking about the new model, Sony's David Karakker explained that it is part of Sony's strategy to offer more downloadable content, such as high-definition movies, videogames, trailers, demos and more. Karakker promised more of such content from Sony in the future.

"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," commented Jack Tretton, president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America.

"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."

Sony are expected to announce more of their plans at E3 this week, with news on how they will expand the PS3s userbase, the PSP handheld and the expansion of their software library mooted. More on all this soon.