updated 02:30 am EDT, Mon July 9, 2007
Sony debuts 80GB PS3
Ahead of the E3 gaming conference later this week, Sony on Monday announced a new 80GB model of its PlayStation 3 entertainment system as well as cut the price on the currently shipping model by $100 and promised more titles for the gaming system. Expected to ship in August, the new 80GB PS3 model, which surfaced in April, will be available in North America for $599 and will include the MotorStorm racing game, which allows up to 12 players to play simultaneously via the internet. Following the discontinuation of the 20GB PS3 in April, the company also said that the current 60GB PS3 model will be available in North America for $499 (CND$549), a $100 price cut that was first noted late last week, but initially denied by the company.
"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 the Sony division. "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."
The high-end PS3 model, expected to be showcased at the E3 conference in Santa Monica, California this week, comes a few months after Microsoft offered an upgraded, special black edition of its Xbox 360 with with HDMI output and a larger 120GB drive for $480. Microsoft's gaming system, however, has been plagued with reported failure rates of 30 percent, leading the Xbox maker to extend all US warranties to three years.
More games, more online entertainment
Hoping that that PlayStation customers will use the addition drive space to download more content and games from its online PlayStation Network, Sony said it would add to its online entertainment offerings, which currently include more than 60 playable games and game-related downloads.
On Monday, Sony also promised that to deliver more than 120 new first and third-party software titles for North American PS3 users throughout the holidays and its fiscal year. The expanded offering will include PlayStation Home, a state-of-the-art 3D online community that serves as a meeting place for PS3 users as well as offers downloadable games including the title PAIN.
Upcoming first-party titles will include Folklore, Heavenly Sword, LAIR, NBA '08, Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction, SingStar, SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation, The Eve of Judgment, and Uncharted: Drake's Fortune and Warhawk.
Other third-party exclusives will also be available, according to the company: 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.