Europe Can Pre-Order New PS3 Model
One of the biggest announcements at this year's E3 was the impending arrival of a new PlayStation 3 model. Essentially, it will be almost identical to the current 40GB model, except that it will have an 80GB hard drive, and it'll cost $100 less than the 80GB version currently on the market. The new 80GB will replace the 40GB as the "default" PS3 model. ...everybody clear, now? To clarify further, this news pertains to Europe:
SCEE's David Reeves confirmed at E3 that this new model would go on sale on August 27, and it seems a variety of online retailers are preparing for that date by taking pre-orders on the new system. As MCV reports, online stores like GAME, Play.com, and GameStation are now taking pre-orders, so if you haven't taken the PS3 plunge yet, we say go for it. MGS4 and many other great titles are already here, and many more are a-comin' (like Resistance 2 and LittleBigPlanet in a few months), so you have no more excuses! You can't possibly enter into the third year of this new PlayStation generation without the PS3, can you?
Just to refresh your memory, there will be no PS2 backwards compatibility in the new 80GB model (although PS1 games should work just fine), it won't ship with an ethernet cable, and it will come with the new Dual Shock 3 controller. As for pre-ordering here in the U.S., we haven't heard anything, but we'll keep our eyes open.
8/11/2008 Ben Dutka