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