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PS3 to carry 80GB at $399; new PSP pack

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.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Monstermind

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I want...

    ... hardware emulation, dammit! None of this dodgy software stuff.

    And yes, I know, they already cut hardware emulation to rein in costs. Still a bad idea.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    If you want...

    ...your precious backwards compatibility, go and buy the older systems. Sony knows well not to waste their time/money, which is why they switched to software emulation for the lower cost. If buying a PS3 with 100% backwards compatibility is your reason for buying it, then don't buy one. I still bought a PS2 when it first came out, even though it didn't play PS1 games worth s***. Why? because eventually I had enough games on the PS2, that I didn't want to play the PS1 games anymore. It isn't worth basing your decision on whether or not you are able to play older games.

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