updated 03:50 pm EDT, Tue July 15, 2008
PS3 80GB at 399
Sony on Tuesday announced that it would launch a lower-cost PlayStation 3 with an 80GB hard drive. The new version will have the $399 price and "same functionality" as the 40GB model but hold twice the storage, leaving more room for movies from the company's new PlayStation video service as well as more downloadable game content and personal media. Sony doesn't say whether the functionality will include software emulation of PS2 titles or whether the system will ship standard with a Dual Shock 3 gamepad.
The new version should come in the same black trim and ship in September.
Also uncovered is a PSP bundle. The Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters edition ties the silver PSP to the bundle's namesake game as well as National Treasure 2 on UMD, a 1GB Memory Stick Duo, and a voucher to buy EchoChrome online. The pack ships in October for $199.