The time has come for the bigger and better- SCEA has announced that the 80GB PS3 is now available at brick-and-mortar and online stores throughout North America. This new model comes bundled with a title that has already sold 1 million copies – Motorstorm – and of course, the larger 80GB hard drive.
"The 80GB PS3 offers expanded options in the PS3 family of products for those who want to enjoy more downloadable content," said Peter Dille, senior vice president of marketing, SCEA. "The new model will provide ample storage space to meet the appetites of those who wish to download content today, and for many more years to come. With the expanded disk capacity and dynamic system upgrades, we have effectively created a system that is 'future-proof', providing consumers an exceptional entertainment value that will stand the test of time."
For now, both the 80GB and 60GB PS3 models will be available in stores; the latter is currently enjoying a major sales spike due to the $100 price drop. Since the price drop, Sony has said sales of the PS3 at their top five retailers have jumped 113%, but will the 80GB PS3 fare so well? Remember, it holds the same sticker price the 60GB model held at launch ($599.99), but at the same time, we do get the bigger hard drive and a game worth $60. SCEA will continue to sell both versions of the PS3 until the 60GB model completely sells out, and at that time, they will "reevaluate the market situation" and determine the future price of the 80GB PS3.
If you haven't picked up the PS3 just yet, and are interested in obtaining one of the best games for the system, it might be worth the extra $40 for that bigger hard drive. But either way, as of now, at least you have a choice.