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80GB PS3 model coming to Europe and Australia

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 17 Jul 2008 17:10 User comments (5)

80GB PS3 model coming to Europe and Australia Sony recently announced at the E3 event that they were phasing out the 40GB model of the PlayStation 3 as well as dropping the price on the higher capacity model by $100 USD. That announcement however, was only relevant for those living in North America.
The word has now come down from Sony Europe boss David Reeves that the 80GB PS3 will be headed to Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand beginning on August 27th. Russia will get the console two weeks later.

The model will cost 399 in Europe and 299 in the UK. The pricing schemes were not revealed for the other territories yet.

Reeves confirmed that Sony Europe was also phasing out the 40GB model but there was only "a small number left in the channel" anyways. The new range of Platinum hits, just as in North America, was revealed including the hit games Resistance: Fall of Man, MotorStorm, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, Virtua Tennis 3, and Assassin's Creed coming with reduced prices on August 1st. The Platinum games will cost 29.99 in Europe, 19.99 in the UK, A$49 in Australia, and NZ$59 in New Zealand.

Unfortunately for those not in North America, Reeves added the new PSN Movies store would not hit Europe in 2008.

"This will not come to the PAL markets this year, but Sir Howard Stringer has made the commitment that non-games will come to all regions in due course and it will. The dates for video content will come later this year. For us, and I think you appreciate most of you European, that local content is important, and that's what [we are] working on right now,"
Reeves said.

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5 user comments

117.7.2008 18:23

thank god i waited for the 80 gb in europe the 40 gig cost the same here at the moment so i feel sorry for those who forked out 399 for a 40 gig

the psn movies does not bother me as i do not have a credit card and even if i did id rather the physical media for collecting purposes and the price drop in games is welcomed by all and is seen as great value for money europe has to wait for to long for these tings and to spice it up we pay through the nose wile our us counteerpart enjoy cheaper gaming i hate this doble standard of pricing i wish it was universal for everyone

218.7.2008 8:41

is this the same as the US where they really just put a 80GB drive in teh 40GB units?

318.7.2008 9:07

Finally!!! I hope that is the 80gb with all the staff that 60gb has and the chrome that looks great.

418.7.2008 9:09

Originally posted by SDF_GR:
Finally!!! I hope that is the 80gb with all the staff that 60gb has and the chrome that looks great.

Nope, sony doesn't roll like that.

518.7.2008 12:04

Originally posted by fergus100:
thank god i waited for the 80 gb in europe the 40 gig cost the same here at the moment so i feel sorry for those who forked out 399 for a 40 gig
I don't understand why people are so hung up on HDD size. Extra HDD is relatively cheap. I just found a 320GB 2.5" SATA drive for $113. So if someone purchased a 40GB model because it was cheaper, it was probably because he/she realized how cheap it would be to upgrade anyway and had intentions to do it all along. Personally, if I waited for this 80GB model to come out, I would still have plans to upgrade the HDD, so it wouldn't matter. Show me a 120GB model for $399.

Yes, it's a good deal for someone who has been thinking of buying a new PS3 (especially if it comes with a DS3 controller) and is unaware of the ability to swap out for a larger HDD, but don't feel sorry for us who bought the 40GB version :P

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