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80 GB PS3 to be released in Korea

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 21 May 2007 10:15 User comments (20)

80 GB PS3 to be released in Korea For months we have heard rumors about larger capacity PlayStation 3s hitting shelves, but yesterday, a Sony spokesperson made it clear that an 80 GB model would be released in South Korea but that the company had no plans of releasing an 80 GB model in Europe.
The new model will be released in Korea on June 16th with a price tag of EUR $412/$550 USD.

The same spokesperson also confirmed that there was no plans to release the 20 or 60 GB models in Korea and that there were no plans for a European launch of the larger capacity units and that a North American launch hadnt been talked about. "At this moment in time, there are no plans to introduce the 80GB version of PlayStation 3 in Europe." he added.

Those that recall, the rumors began a couple months ago when an FCC filing showed Sony asking for a Class II permissive change. The Sony spokesperson confirmed that the larger HDD was the only thing changed from past units, squashing rumors that the Bluetooth features had been updated.

Source:
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20 user comments

121.5.2007 10:17

ok...wow...sony, what the heck?

221.5.2007 11:23

interesting... i don't like the fact that it's only 80gb, not much of a upgrade, should have gone 120. But I'm intrigued by the $550 USD price tag.. supposedly the same as the 60gb but 80gb and $50 cheaper. I'm curious as to what they will do in NA, and Europe for that matter. Do i smell price drop? or you could just order a South Korean ps3, that would be cool.

321.5.2007 11:36

probably waiting til they sell the rest of the 20GB and 60GB before they release the new one out here for that price. So that might take a while.

421.5.2007 13:04

let not deal with the price of the console no thats a bad thign lets pop in a slightly larger HD and watch them happily buy it...I hope sony tipples its almost 4milloin losses....

521.5.2007 16:08

everyone knew sony was gonna release a system w a bigger hdd, its just sony fanboys didnt wanna believe it!

621.5.2007 16:51

I still say PC's are the way to go. 80gigs is good but even if i was going to get one i think ill wait for prices to drop.

721.5.2007 16:59

To me it don't bother me that they are releasing it why in the hell they doing it in Korea thats the head scratcher........

821.5.2007 17:11

Originally posted by NexGen76:
To me it don't bother me that they are releasing it why in the hell they doing it in Korea thats the head scratcher........

is there a Korean cocaine or something that they want?
I mean really what is Sony snorting!!

921.5.2007 18:40
fgamer
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At this point I think it's really stupid for Sony to release another version when they can't even get their regular one to sell. You'd think they'd have the $550 price point here in the states where sells are poor and not over in Korea.

1021.5.2007 21:33

maybe they want the koreans to have a bigger HD because after they arent getting anything better.... we might get 120gb or updated bluetooth, or new sixaxis controller. whatever it is. NA and maybe EU might get something way better. and the ps3s are going to be region locked.. so good luck importing an 80 gig. also if you guys didnt know.. within 48 hours of the ps3 being released paradox managed to get a ps3 with a 720gig HD. working. so if its a matter of HD space. you can go buy a bigger HD and get the instructions. also korea don't make as much income as NA and EU. so if sony set the price high then only a few people will afford it. you cant sell something expensive everywhere. not every country is filthy rich and greedy like most. common sense people.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 21 May 2007 @ 21:34

1122.5.2007 1:15

Originally posted by lxfactor:
also if you guys didnt know.. within 48 hours of the ps3 being released paradox managed to get a ps3 with a 720gig HD. working.
If by working you mean they unplugged the current 60GB and plugged in a 720gb, well its exactly that easy just plug and play.

I seriously have no idea why Sony did this, why not just release a worldwide price drop if they can sell an 80gb for $550USD then can easily sell a 60GB one for the same if not less. Where the hell is their logic?

1222.5.2007 6:54
flyingv
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Originally posted by lxfactor:
maybe they want the koreans to have a bigger HD because after they arent getting anything better.... we might get 120gb or updated bluetooth, or new sixaxis controller. whatever it is. NA and maybe EU might get something way better. and the ps3s are going to be region locked.. so good luck importing an 80 gig. also if you guys didnt know.. within 48 hours of the ps3 being released paradox managed to get a ps3 with a 720gig HD. working. so if its a matter of HD space. you can go buy a bigger HD and get the instructions. also korea don't make as much income as NA and EU. so if sony set the price high then only a few people will afford it. you cant sell something expensive everywhere. not every country is filthy rich and greedy like most. common sense people.
I thought that thr BR disc were region free. I personally am no fanboy of any system but I do have to deal with my kids when it comes to video games. The whole concept of having a BR player for that price is great and all but Sony dosen't have a good past record with the introduction of new media types and I personally believe that HD-DVD will end up on top.
And as far as (North)Korea is concerned dosen't their government supply the world with the best counterfit $100 USD's? Give them a little time and we will be seeing copied BR disc on the market!

1322.5.2007 7:56

flyingv
No BR is going by region (are you kidding they would never pass up all that free money nothing like hiking the price to the point where importing it is still cheaper.)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu-ray_Disc#Region_codes

The PS3 is not region free its crossed regioned
Eur-Jap
Jap-USA
USA-jap

I have heard reports of US games working on the Eur PS3 have not confirmed it yet but this mandatory for movies,sony is not interested in making 1 device to work in pal/ntsc no they make it for each region and mark it up 30-60%.....

1422.5.2007 11:12

kind of stupid of sony if they want something bigger then release one that is 120gb+ and some new features that sony needs

1522.5.2007 11:35
flyingv
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ZIppyDSM

Thanks for the link and the info. I know what you mean by passing up on all the money! That's what it's all about!

1625.5.2007 9:12
scott2k7
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who needs this all u have to do is put in any hard drice u like unless it was updated mor4e

1725.5.2007 12:00

Originally posted by flyingv:
ZIppyDSM

Thanks for the link and the info. I know what you mean by passing up on all the money! That's what it's all about!
TO me sony would have bent the world over and enslaved it if they did the PS3 as a cheap (300-400) BR player sony would have won on so many fronts it would made up for any and all losses.

Plus to output in PAL/NTSC should be free not nickel and dime each region.

1825.5.2007 12:01
scott2k7
Inactive

its to stop importing games for cheap from usa damn u sony :(

1929.5.2007 23:16

They probably took all of those 20 gig HDD from the units that they are no longer selling and slipped them inside the current units right on top of the 60 gig HDDs.

2030.5.2007 3:49
scott2k7
Inactive

good idea unfocused....
sony should lower price by 100 pound and u americans ere stop moaning cos u have everything cheap trust me i have been there

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