The roomiest PS3 yet will hit Korea on June 16

Unlike the Xbox 360, the 2.5-inch hard disk drive inside the PlayStation 3 can be upgraded by the user at any time. Sony’s Korean division appears to be well aware of this, and according to official information posted on the PlayStation Korea website, the territory will be getting an 80GB hard drive inside the machine when it launches June 16. Neither the 20 GB nor the 60 GB PS3 consoles will be available in South Korea.

Rumblings of this first came in March when Sony filed with the FCC papers describing a PlayStation 3 with an 80 GB hard drive inside. Sony did not confirm nor deny the plans for an 80 GB unit at that time, saying only, “As mentioned when we made the product announcement for PS3, the system will have different configurations (thus, 60GB HDD with memory card slots and Wi-Fi and 20GB HDD without memory card slots or Wi-Fi both exist). Application to the FCC has been made with various possibilities in mind, however, it does not lead to a new product announcement at this time.”

Aside from the 80 GB hard drive, the hardware of the Korea-bound PS3 is identical the European model – which also means software-based, instead of hardware-based, backwards compatibility. A spokesperson for Sony Computer Entertainment Europe told GamesIndustry, “The chassis of the 80GB Korean PlayStation 3 is identical to the chassis of the European version. The only exception is the larger hard drive.” The spokesman continued adding that “At this moment in time, there are no plans to introduce the 80GB version of PlayStation 3 in Europe.”

Update: Sony Computer Entertainment America has provided comment on the possibility of the 80GB drive (and perhaps by extension, the new hardware revision) making its way to North America. “We’re constantly looking at new… configurations [for PS3], but currently there are no plans to change current hardware offerings [in North America],” said a Sony representative.

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