PS3 News: E3 2008: New 80GB PS3 Revealed, Priced At $399 - PS3 News

Members Login: Register | Why sign up? | Forgot Password?

E3 2008: New 80GB PS3 Revealed, Priced At $399

Sony's press conference just ended, and while it was pretty good, there wasn't anything too earth-shattering. However, there were plenty of great games on display, and perhaps better yet for prospective PlayStation 3 owners: the announcement of a price drop this fall.

Well, let's be specific: Sony will issue a new 80GB PS3 model that has "all the functionality" and all the same features as the current 40GB model, but for the same price- $399.99. Now, we assume this means all backwards compatibility for PS2 software will disappear as well from this new 80GB model; the current model supports software emulation for most major PS2 titles). But anyway, it lets you nab the PS3 with twice the hard drive capacity for the same price later this year, and just in time for blockbuster hits like Resistance 2, LittleBigPlanet, and more. Analysts have predicted in the past that we won't see a PS3 price cut any time soon due to the recent strength of hardware sales, but this is about as soon as we could expect.

We expect to hear more about this new model in due time, but we certainly get the gist of it: just take the 40GB PS3, get rid of the 40 gig hard drive and put in a 80 gig drive, and get it for the price of $399.99. That's not exactly disagreeable, and this new model/price drop should help to spur holiday sales once again for 2008.

7/15/2008 Ben Dutka

Put this on your webpage or blog:
Email this to a friend
Follow PSX Extreme on Twitter

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Google Share on MySpace Share on Delicious Share on Digg Share on Google Buzz Share via E-Mail Share via Tumblr Share via Posterous

Comments (19 posts)

Zapix
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 3:19:23 PM
Reply

One could raise the question if they will drop the price of the 40gb models that are left to make way for the 80gb replacement. If so, that too could aid the holiday season sales imo. I expect with this news, there's a good majority of people that will hold off for the 80gb model now too.

Last edited by Zapix on 7/15/2008 3:19:56 PM

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Ed_Wayne
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 3:28:53 PM

They won't. This is a 40gb PS3 with an 80gb drive in it.

If you know what I mean.

Last edited by Ed_Wayne on 7/15/2008 3:29:28 PM

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Zapix
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 3:39:18 PM

Exactly my point at that. When released, why would anyone buy a 40gb PS3 for the same price as an 80gb PS3? The left over PS3s will need to be cleared...

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

BlinkBoy
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 3:30:44 PM
Reply

Why such a small hard drive, could just bump it up to 160 or 250 gb. 250 gb is the norm nowadays, at least for Laptops.

Last edited by BlinkBoy on 7/15/2008 3:31:26 PM

Agree with this comment 1 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

WaR_HaWk
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 3:36:47 PM
Reply

thats great news

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Bugzbunny109
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 3:39:24 PM
Reply

sony really impressed me, i mean there wasn't any earth shattering news like ben said, but there didn't just focus on one subject, unlike nitendo or microsoft. They focused on ps3, psp, and even ps2, that was awesome. They also showed many things i didn't expect unlike microsoft or nitendo, for example MAG or the new ps3.

Agree with this comment 0 up, 1 down Disagree with this comment

Bugzbunny109
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 3:42:34 PM
Reply

I was really hoping for a new redesinged ps3, but that didn't happen, but thats okay. Its very ironic though because i wanted Microsoft to show a redesinged 360, . If it did then i would have gotten it, but that didn't happen. the same thing happened with sony, but its okay.

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Zapix
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 3:52:49 PM

Too early in the game for a redesign imo. Not to mention these beasts need serious cooling, which requires lots of fans. I don't expect a redesign for that reason alone for quite some time, if ever.

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Daedusian
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 3:57:35 PM

Yeah I was also hoping for a future redisigned 360 so I can finally buy one, but I guess I'll wait a little longer for that.

As for the PS3, I thought the press conference went really well! It could also be because I love the Playstation brand and it's the only next-gen console I have but still. The nintendo conference, pfff... it was pretty crappy. I mean maybe one game looked good but then again I am not in any shape or form a casual gamer, well with a few exceptions. Same with the MS pc, too many casual games and not enough hardcore like the Sony pc had.

Last edited by Daedusian on 7/15/2008 3:58:18 PM

Agree with this comment 1 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Jordahn
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 4:06:17 PM
Reply

I hope that there is backwards compatibility. This features should NOT have been taken out. I know several who have held off on buying a PS3 because of the lack of BC on the 40GB version.

Agree with this comment 1 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Daedusian
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 5:07:57 PM
Reply

So wait, is this the exact same PS3 as the old 80gig or better/worse?... I's confused lol. I'm just curious because I have the "discont'd" 80gig.

Agree with this comment 1 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Zapix
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 5:25:30 PM

It's the current 40gb PS3 with an 80gb drive. Nothing else is changed.

Agree with this comment 0 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

robinhood2010
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 5:14:54 PM
Reply

I hope PS2 emulation software is included in a future firmware update. And hardrives? It would be better to buy the cheaper 40gb (assuming the price is lowered to make way for 80gb) and upgrade it yourself for cheaper, and without breaking the warranty :-)

Agree with this comment 1 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Minishmaru
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 5:22:26 PM
Reply

the 60gb was definitly the best choice so I'm happy :)...I just hope it doesn't get any unexpected bricking...maybe I should be one of the last people to download the new firmwares instead of trying to get it asap...just to be sure...nah...probably not gonna happen lol

Agree with this comment 1 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Jed
Wednesday, July 16, 2008 @ 1:29:38 AM
Reply

I think it is stupid to throw away backwards compatability. It's one of the best reasons to get a ps3. A lot of people will be pissed off that they cant trade in their ps2 for their ps3. I have a 60gb model and I play ps2 games half the time. I'm afraid that (god forbid) i ever had a problem with my ps3, that I might have to get a new one, AND and ps2

Agree with this comment 1 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

ZubraZap
Wednesday, July 16, 2008 @ 7:12:01 AM
Reply

So you bought a PS3 to play PS2 games.. they got rid of it for legitimate reasons.

Agree with this comment 1 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

cr67
Wednesday, July 16, 2008 @ 2:24:04 PM
Reply

I'm quite content with my 40gig PS3 and IMO, if people claim to be "holding out" for an 80gig, probably won't be purchasing one anytime in the near future anyways. I mean seriously, how long has the PS3 been out for now? I say buy one already and stop pussyfootin around! Regardless, 40gigs is plenty for what I use my PS3 for, and I don't see running out of space anytime soon.

Agree with this comment 1 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

cr67
Wednesday, July 16, 2008 @ 2:28:48 PM
Reply

One more thing re: "backward compatibility". It's not THAT important imo. Afterall, if you've got that many PS2 games, than surely you still have your PS2 machine right? So keep them both hooked up and play whichever one you're in the mood for at the time. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that one out. :)

Agree with this comment 1 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Rhezekim
Thursday, July 17, 2008 @ 10:37:32 AM
Reply

I used to be a big time Sony fan. When the new systems came out with the pricing I had to choose between the 360 or PS3 and I thought I would go for a change and went with the 360 and I am so glad I did. The biggest thing I like about the 360 is the gamer score and earning achievement points, not only am I playing the game but I am also earning gamer points, PS3 doesn't have this but someone told me they were looking into adding something similiar, does anyone know this to be true? If the PS3 where to add a gamer score and achievement system that would be awesome, what does the PS3 currently do? You just play the game and that is it? Thanks for any info, it will help me decide if I want to buy this new system, also I read this is not backwards compatible, is this also true? Thanks again.

Agree with this comment 1 up, 0 down Disagree with this comment

Leave a Comment

Please login or register to leave a comment.

Our Poll

What do you think about The Last Of Us: Remastered?
Fantastic! Can't wait to get it!
Good, not sure if I'll buy immediately.
Eh, not bad, but I don't care.
It's just a stupid money grab.

Previous Poll Results