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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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RE: Just 20GB more?
By OxBow on 7/9/2007 10:35:59 AM , Rating: 5
I always thought the original 20 gig model was the better buy. However, it turns out that I do use those extra bells and whistles the 60 gig model comes with.

Still, since there is nearly no difference between the two models now, the 60 gig model is definitely the way to go.

For $500 you get a great blue ray player, a decent media center (I didn't think I would, but my wife and I prefer the slide show feature to browsing photos in an album), a powerfull game console and the ability to turn it into a regular computer via linux. On top of that you get a free web browser (something the 360 doesn't have and the Wii has started charging for), a free online service (not a robust yet as live, but it is FREE, something that the Wii hasn't even rolled out yet) and some good games.

While a lot has been said about the lack of exclusives and dearth of games, consider the following. Resistance and Motorstorm are both great games. Plus, while not exclusives, there are several other good games that will play on the PS3. If you haven't bought one yet, those titles alone will tide you over till Lair and some other great games start to get released in a month or so. Plus, you can still play all those PS2 and PS1 games on it, including the new releases, all upscaled to HD. Seems to me that now is the time to buy if you've been on the fence.

Since my PS3 has been running nearly constantly for the past 7 months (folding@home when I'm not watching movies or playing games) I have been very pleased with the unit. It has had not even a hicup in terms of reliability and maintenance, something that my 360 can not claim, even after coming back from the service center. While the Wii is fun for groups, it's appeal is currently much more limited for us than the PS3 since the only good games for it are put out by Nintendo and quickly get old. Fun for parties, but not so much for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

$500 is a lot of money, but it's also a great deal. Everyone wanted a price drop, here it is. Now's the time to take advantage of it.


RE: Just 20GB more?
By thebrown13 on 7/9/07, Rating: -1
RE: Just 20GB more?
By darkpaw on 7/9/2007 2:03:11 PM , Rating: 5
This isn't a 360/PS3 issue, just voice-chat in general.

I don't exactly consider it a feature. Listening to a bunch of annoying kids either gloating and/or whining about the game isn't my idea of added fun.

I definately get the advantage of it when you have a group of like minded people that know each other like an MMO guild, but on an open system like live its like going back to high school. No thanks.

I used to pay for live on the xbox, but I just couldn't take all the retards playing mech assault.


RE: Just 20GB more?
By euclidean on 7/9/07, Rating: 0
RE: Just 20GB more?
By euclidean on 7/9/07, Rating: 0
RE: Just 20GB more?
By Some1ne on 7/9/2007 5:46:57 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
It's only a matter of time before they get the hang of developing new games for a brand new system.


You do realize that the typical lifespan for a console is 5-7 years, right? And that developing a new game can take as long as 3 years, right?

If developers "still have awhile to go" before they actually start using the PS3 to its full potential, then games that take advantage of its capabilities won't start rolling out until right when it's on the verge of obsolescence.

Yes, it's only a matter of time...only a matter of time until the next generation of consoles renders the PS3 (and the Wii, and the Xbox 360) obsolete.


RE: Just 20GB more?
By ObscureCaucasian on 7/9/2007 11:43:21 PM , Rating: 2
The 360 has plenty of power to last through this generation. You act as if that PS3 has some massive lead on the 360 in terms of graphical abilities.

Face it, the PS3 will only be marginally better than the 360 (if the devs get the hang of it). I like the hardware and build quality of the PS3, but when it comes to software and services, MS has Sony beat pretty well there. It seems as if MS has software development in mind the whole time they were building the console, and as a result you get a console that devs like. If devs like it, they are going to want to put more games on it. Oh, and lets not forget the installed base advantage MS currently holds.

Sony says 10 year lifespan on the PS3, but I highly doubt any of us will want to play a PS3 in 2016..... it will just be too outdated by that time, at least for people like you who feel that the 360 is already obsolete.


RE: Just 20GB more?
By Min Jia on 7/10/2007 1:05:16 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, the lifespan of a console can be much longer than 5-7 years. PS2 is still selling after 7 years with great looking games like God Of War 2. Only the loser of a console war will release a new gen console first.


RE: Just 20GB more?
By Scrogneugneu on 7/10/2007 11:58:59 PM , Rating: 2
Take a look at the sales number of the top 3 consoles. Tell me, who's the loser of the console war in this generation?


RE: Just 20GB more?
By Min Jia on 7/11/2007 3:32:58 AM , Rating: 2
LOL, the war of current gen has just started.


RE: Just 20GB more?
By Scrogneugneu on 7/14/2007 10:57:20 PM , Rating: 2
One of the consoles just went over 10 million in sales in almost 2 years. They currently rate 2nd in month-to-month sale volume on next-gen console.

The other one is nearing on the same milestone, only 8 months after release. They are #1 in month-to-month sale volume.

The PS3 is still trying to reach 4 million. They end up last in month-to-month sale volume, 4 times (or even 5, depending on the market) behind the leader.

What kind of magic trick do you expect? The number 1 reason for not having sales as high as the other consoles is widely acknowledged to be the price of the product, yet they keep it as high as before. Even if they're doing a price drop now, or even if they discontinue the 60GB model and drop the 80GB model's price to 500$, it's still not a real price drop. They were already selling consoles at that price point at launch.

The product is the same (save for 20GB more, coupled with lower backwards compatibility), the price is the same (too high for the market). Nothing has changed, and we already know that the current product is not working. What makes you believe that this console is gonna come back?


RE: Just 20GB more?
By FITCamaro on 7/10/2007 7:19:04 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
till doesn't have the horespower to carry it into the next few years like the PS3. In fact most mid-range computers that are starting to be replaced these days are even more powerful than the 360.


For the first sentence there, your basis for that statement? It's well accepted that while the 360 doesn't have as good a CPU as Cell for things like video processing, its GPU is far better than the PS3s. When it comes down to it though, neither CPU is really very good for a games console. The sole saving grace of each console is the GPU, which as I said, the 360 has an advantage. Both systems are fully capable of rendering the same quality of graphics and games. The only advantage the PS3 has is a storage medium with higher capacity. An advantage I don't think really makes that big a difference.

For the second sentence, the same is true of the PS3.


RE: Just 20GB more?
By afkrotch on 7/28/2007 9:05:43 PM , Rating: 2
Blue Dragon. Comes on 3 dvds. Disc swapping sucks! I'd pay extra just to not swap discs.

Shoot, with 120 gigs at your disposal, they should allow you to install the game on the drive.


RE: Just 20GB more?
By Min Jia on 7/10/2007 12:56:57 AM , Rating: 2
You can chat with other people while playing games that support voice chat. All you need is a Bluetooth headset and pair it with PS3.


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