Sony Announces Availability of 80GB PlayStation 3
Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) on Monday announced the availability of a new 80GB version of its PlayStation 3 video game console. The system is now available at retailers throughout North America for US$599 and includes a copy of the off-road racing game MotorStorm.
The 80GB model has been released to provide users with more storage space for games and add-on content they purchase through Sony's PlayStation Network (PSN), a free online service PlayStation users can connect to purchase games and game-related content. At present that are more than 60 playable games and game-related downloads available through PSN, with more coming soon.
Sony has been criticized for a slow uptick in PlayStation 3 game rollouts and the system's high cost. To that end, The 80GB PlayStation 3 joins a 60GB version already in production; that system costs $499.