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Pre-E3 2007: PS3 Price Drop Official; 80GB Model Revealed! [UPDATE 1]
The worst kept secret of this year’s event already confirmed.
By Jared Black 07/08/2007 22:12:39 PST
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[UPDATE] According to Kotaku, that nifty red glowing button on the PlayStation 3 controller is a mistake. When contacted, SCEA rep Dave Karraker called it an odd lighting effect, although official PlayStation blogger Patrick Seybold indicated that it’s actually a feature of the debug controller when it charges. Either way, it doesn't look like it'll be on the 80GB controller.


Sony just couldn't wait any longer. It's not even 1am EST yet on the day before E3 semi-officially kicks off with Microsoft's press conference, and yet Sony has already confirmed that the 60GB PS3 will now retail for $499 ($549 CDN) effective immediately. The price drop is of course to make room for a 80GB model (pictured), which will ship this August for $599 ($659 CDN) and come bundled with a copy of the excellent MotorStorm.

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“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.”

As if it wasn't obvious, the company stressed that the 80GB will contain the same key components as the 60GB model, only 20GB more storage space. Well, that and a nifty red PlayStation button on the controller, which makes me instantly envious. That extra space will be used for new entertainment options coming to the PlayStation Network soon like movie downloads, and we'll almost surely learn more about Sony’s plans for that this week.

Stay tuned to VGGEN throughout the week for more astounding news from E3! In the meantime, we give you more to read with the full press release below:

FOSTER CITY, Calif., July 9, 2007 – Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA), Inc. today announced a new 80GB model of its PLAYSTATION®3 (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™. 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. 

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®Network.   There are currently more than 60 playable games and game-related downloads available through PLAYSTATION®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™, Heavenly Sword™, LAIR, NBA ’08, Ratchet & Clank® Future: Tools of Destruction™, SingStar™, SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation, THE EYE OF JUDGMENT™, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune and Warhawk™.

Numerous third-party titles, including several exclusives, will also be available such as Devil May Cry®IV, Dynasty Warriors®:GUNDAM®, Grand Theft Auto IV, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Hellboy, Metal Gear Solid 4 Guns of the Patriots, Ninja Gaiden Sigma®, SEGA Rally® Revo, Stranglehold™, The Darkness, TimeShift™, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter™ 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™ (Cell/B.E.), Blu-ray Disc™ (BD) player, built-in HDD, 1080p high-definition output, Wi-Fi connectivity and SIXAXIS™ wireless controller.

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