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80GB PlayStation 3 Hits Stores

Sony on Monday announced the immediate availability of the 80GB PlayStation 3 model, offering a free copy of off-road racing game MotorStorm to all buyers of the $599 USD game console. The new PS3 is nearly identical to the discontinued 60GB model, but features a larger hard drive and lacks the “Emotion Engine” chip used for supporting older PS2 titles.

Sony has dropped the price of the 60GB PS3 to $499 while supplies remain, and the company says the lower cost has brought about “a surge in sales.” According to Sony, retail sales of the 60GB PS3 have jumped 113% compared to the four weeks prior to the price drop. Inventory of the 60GB PS3 is expected to be depleted by the fall, Sony added.

Sony, PlayStation 3, PS3, 80GB PS3, 60GB PS3

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