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Along with $100 off the 60GB model, SCEA announces an 80GB PS3 Motorstorm bundle for August

It’s official – the PlayStation 3 has dropped $100 less than eight months after it’s highly anticipated launch. According to the official press release, the current 60GB will carry a $499 price tag effective today.

The $499 price point was previously occupied by the 20GB version of the PlayStation 3. Citing reasons related to consumer demand, Sony in April discontinued the $499 20GB PlayStation 3 leaving only the more expensive 60GB model on the market.

Word of the price cut first appeared last week when retailer flyers appeared across the U.S. and Canada showing the Sony console with the lower price. It was originally believed that Sony would announce the price cut during its E3 press conference on July 11, though the company may have decided to bump up its date after the cat found its way out of the bag.

Unknown last week, but announced today by SCEA is an upcoming new PlayStation 3 model with an 80GB hard drive. The 80GB PlayStation 3 will occupy the $599 price point that the 60GB previously held, and will also come packed in with a full version of racing game MotorStorm. The 80GB MotorStorm bundle will begin shipping in August.

“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.”

Rumblings of a PlayStation 3 with larger hard disk drive capacity 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.”

Then, during the second half of May, Sony announced an 80GB PlayStation 3 for the Korean market, citing the country’s high speed network infrastructure and video-on-demand systems as a reason for the extra 20GB.

After the 80GB PlayStation 3 was revealed for Korea, SCEA responded to questions regarding the larger drive’s release in North America, saying, “We’re constantly looking at new… configurations [for PS3], but currently there are no plans to change current hardware offerings [in North America].”

Now that the price of the 60GB PS3 is slashed by $100, might this be a sign of things to come for Europe and Australia? Not yet, as Karraker says, “This news does not affect any other PS3 territory.”

Only eight months after release, the price cut for the PS3 may be one of the quickest in console history. With $100 off the current top model, Sony may be responding to the relatively sluggish sales of its consoles when compared against its competition.

Price is a common point of contention for those who haven’t yet picked up a PlayStation 3, though many point to the current lack of exclusive, compelling software. “Even with a $100 drop, the PS3 is still the high-end console,” Lazard Capital Markets analyst Colin Sebastian told GameSpot. “But price cuts typically generate incremental demand, and I don't think this situation will be any different. Bottom line, this may not be enough to kick-start PS3 sales into the mass market—but it's a good first step.”

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Well surprise, surprise..
By Legionosh on 7/9/2007 9:44:31 AM , Rating: 3
..while we all expected the price cut, I for one did not expect them to announce ANOTHER model (we had all heard rumors of the 80GB models months ago, but still this was not expected).

I have to agree with one of the other posters here : it's pretty apparent that the $600 price point doesn't work as well as Sony would've liked, and the 20GB HDD jump seems almost non existent. Yes it does come with Motorstorm, but the odds are that will be a limited time offer..

(when was the last time a pack in game was permanent? I don't even think super mario world was permanent..of course I bought my SNES at launch, so I can't vouch for the later SNES systems..) once the pack in game expires, will the $599 versions only benefit over the $499 model be the extra 20GB of HDD space?

I SERIOUSLY doubt most people will pay an extra $100 just for that.

It almost seems silly to charge $100 more for 20GB of extra space (again the pack in game is probably a temporary thing) if you ask me...I guess time will tell how the public reacts to this.

Microsoft will HAVE to respond to this. With the Wii closing in on the 360 sales after less than a year, and the PS3 now only $20 more than an Elite (with far more features I might add), they will HAVE to announce SOME sort of price cut at E3.

I just hope it's a meaningful cut. Nothing like a $20-$30 cut (even a $50 cut almost doesn't seem like it's enough, especially with the recent RROD issue finally being publicly admitted, although a 3 year warranty against that issue is indeed welcome).

It will be 2 years this November since the 360 launch, more than enough time for a price cut.

I think the pricing of a $200 Core, a $300 premium and a $400 Elite would do nothing but good for MS. It almost seems like a necessity at this point. The 360 simply can't stay at it's current price point forever.

(I just don't think a $450 Elite would be a good idea. It's still too close to the $499 PS3, hence why I feel a $100 cut across the board is their best option).

That my thoughts on the subject.


RE: Well surprise, surprise..
By Spivonious on 7/9/2007 10:17:40 AM , Rating: 3
I agree with your post. I just wanted to point out that the Wii comes with a pack-in game (and a really fun one at that).

I just wish systems would start coming with two controllers again. We're supposed to play video games with friends, right?

RE: Well surprise, surprise..
By Legionosh on 7/9/2007 10:32:24 AM , Rating: 2
Yes I agree, the pack in game IS fun (I managed to acquire a Wii, as well as a PS3 fairly recently. I am happy to own all the current gen consoles).

However, other than the pack in game and Zelda (which I already have), there is nothing I really want to play on the Wii. Same goes for the PS3. Although I am glad I managed to (finally) get one on a payment plan, there is still nothing on it I MUST HAVE.

(R:FoM is good, but it almost seems spastic with it's uber fast pace...then maybe it's just my reflexes not being quite what they were in my Motorstorm? Pretty good, but I'll buy it when it's less than $30)

As far as the two controller thing, I doubt that will happen unless it's a special deal. Controllers (wireless ones) go for $50 (unless you're the Wii, then you charge $60 for the Wii remote and the nunchuck). Why pack in when they can hit the customer for $50 a pop?

(I don't necessarily like having to pay for the 360 controller battery, but at least it is user replaceable. While you CAN replace the PS3 controller battery, most people aren't willing to OPEN THEIR CONTROLLER to do that. I've taken apart PS2 controller often. While it isn't necessarily difficult, it by all means isn't fun nor "easy as pie". Patience and a "really small screwdriver" are a

I'd rather pay a little extra for the 360 battery that takes 2 seconds to swap.

Of course Sony did say you could send in your controller and that they would replace the battery (so you'll be without your controller for HOW long? Seems almost silly).


RE: Well surprise, surprise..
By bkm32 on 7/9/2007 11:00:53 AM , Rating: 2
I agree completely with your post. Although a $450 Elite with Gears of War or a "Cops n' Robbers" bundle (Crackdown + Saints Row) would be better. And better still would be a $60 voucher for Halo 3 and include Halo 1 & 2.

RE: Well surprise, surprise..
By peritusONE on 7/9/2007 2:35:01 PM , Rating: 2
Although a $450 Elite with Gears of War or a "Cops n' Robbers" bundle (Crackdown + Saints Row) would be better.

This is true, however I doubt you'll ever see a mature rated game packed in with a console.

RE: Well surprise, surprise..
By bkm32 on 7/11/2007 4:13:03 PM , Rating: 2
According to you, the X360 caters to a different demographic.

One more thing, Sony sold thousands if not millions of PS2s with GTA 3 and VC bundled.

RE: Well surprise, surprise..
By afkrotch on 7/28/2007 10:28:11 PM , Rating: 2
I fall into a weird demographic. Here's the games I really enjoy on my PS3.

Armored Core 4
Gundam: Target in Sight
Gundam Musou

I own other games, but those are my favorites. For my Xbox 360 here's what I enjoy.

Gears of War

Again, I own other games, but those are my favorites. Gears of War is kind of iffy for me, as I only seem to play that game about 1 hour out of the week. It's just not interesting enough for me to have a big crash session on the game, but it's enough that I don't stop playing the game completely.

Also, The Darkness game kind of blows ass. Reminds me of a little like Oblivion, with no RPG elements. You can do the main story or play the little side quests you find througout the game.

Your character sounds all Italian and has an Italian name, but remarkably, he looks Native American.

I do like how you have full movies in the game that you can watch in TV sets you find in the game. I literally part my character in front of a TV set that was sitting in a shopping cart or roughly 20 mins, watching The Street Fighter (not the stupid game turned movie).

"If you can find a PS3 anywhere in North America that's been on shelves for more than five minutes, I'll give you 1,200 bucks for it." -- SCEA President Jack Tretton

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