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New 80GB PlayStation 3 available September 1

August 20th, 2008 by Maxim · 2 Comments · 5,264 Views


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Sony discovered pretty quickly that the original 60GB PlayStation 3 [read Maxim's Review] may have been too expensive for some people, so they came up with cheaper 40GB PlayStation 3. This new model had no backwards compatibility with PlayStation 2, but was cheaper, quieter, and cooler.

But we live in the age where multiple competitors are touting video on-demand and video downloads. Unless you are downloading movies from your PC and then streaming to your XBox 360, PlayStation 3 or a media player like DLink DSM-520, you need more storage.

The latest version of PlayStation 3 (model # PS398013) doubles the amount of available storage with its 80GB hard disk drive. Other technical specifications remain the same:

  • Same Cell Broadband Engine that is not back ward compatible with PS2, but will play PS1 games
  • 256MB RAM and 256MB video RAM
  • 2.5″ serial ATA 80GB hard drive
  • 2xUSB ports
  • Gigabit Ethernet + Wireless B/G
  • Blootooth 2.0 radio with 1 DUALSHOCK 3 bluetooth controller included
  • Supports video resolution from 480i to 1080p (24p/60p)
  • 1 x HDMI 1.3 output featuring x.v.Color a deepColor
  • 1 x Analog A/V output
  • 1 x Digital Optical output
  • A read-only Blu-Ray/DVD/CD drive that will up-convert your old DVDs to 1080p

This game console/Blu-Ray player will be selling for $399 and is currently on pre-sale on Sony’s website. If this is too big a price to pay to play your Blu-Ray movies, consider new Toshiba’s revenge for the loss of its HD-DVD technology and product lineup to Sony’s Blu-Ray - the new up-converting DVD player XD-E500.

A 160GB version has also been reportedly announced at Games Convention in Leipzig, and should his markets on October 31 at $499.99 (MSRP) bundled with Drake’s Fortune and other content.

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  • 1 admin // Oct 7, 2008 at 1:02 am

    The 160GB model of PlayStation 3 is coming soon and is already available for pre-sale on Amazon.com
    This model is exactly the same as the 80Gb model, but obviously it has a 160Gb hard disk drive and costs $499 (as opposed to $399 for the 80Gb model). It also includes “Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune” and a “PAIN” Downloadable game voucher.

  • 2 admin // Oct 7, 2008 at 1:02 am

    The 160GB model of PlayStation 3 is coming soon and is already available for pre-sale on Amazon.com
    This model is exactly the same as the 80Gb model, but obviously it has a 160Gb hard disk drive and costs $499 (as opposed to $399 for the 80Gb model). It also includes “Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune” and a “PAIN” Downloadable game voucher.

  • 3 admin // Sep 3, 2008 at 3:21 pm

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    This model of PlayStation 3 is not to be confused with another model, also with 80GB harddrive. The latter is shipped in package with Metal Gear Solid and has old 90nm cell broadband processor. The new model has cooler, faster, quiter and less power-consuming 65nm cell broadband processor.

  • 4 admin // Oct 6, 2008 at 5:02 pm

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    The 160GB model of PlayStation 3 is coming soon and is already available for pre-sale on Amazon.com
    This model is exactly the same as the 80Gb model, but obviously it has a 160Gb hard disk drive and costs $499 (as opposed to $399 for the 80Gb model). It also includes “Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune” and a “PAIN” Downloadable game voucher.

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