New 80GB PlayStation 3 (PS3) packed with Online Racing Game MotorStorm unveiled

Boxshot of the 80GB PS3

Around a month back, Sony introduced the 80GB PS3 Console and $100 Price Cut on 60GB version. Now the latest is that Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) has launched its latest 80GB PlayStation (PS3) at online and brick-and-mortar retailers across the US and Canada. And what’s more, the Sony next-gen gaming console is bundled with the hit online-enabled off-road racing game MotorStorm packed in the box.

The 80GB PS3 comes with an expanded hard disk and is perhaps every gamers’ dream thanks to its enormous storage space that enables players to download more games and other entertainment content from PlayStation Network. At present there are over 60 playable games and game-related downloads available via the PlayStation Store, with expanded entertainment content on its way. And with the MotorStorm game packed in, at one given time as many as 12 players can simultaneously play online, hitting the dirt in this visually-arresting, fast-paced racing title.

Peter Dille, senior vice president of marketing, SCEA said, “The 80GB PS3 offers expanded options in the PS3 family of products for those who want to enjoy more downloadable content.” Dille continued, “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.”

The 60GB model has undergone a price reduction of $100 and is now available in the US and Canada and has apparently enjoyed tremendous sales post the price drop. SCEA will continue to sell the 60GB in the US and Canada at the new, reduced price until current supply is used up, which is estimated to be this fall based on current consumer demand.

Over 120 new first and third-party software titles, apart from the 40 software titles currently offered, will be available for North American PS3 users to enjoy right through the holidays and this fiscal year. Significant upcoming first-party titles include Folklore, Heavenly Sword, LAIR, NBA ’08, Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction, SingStar, SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation, THE EYE OF JUDGMENT(TM), Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, PAIN, and Warhawk.

Both the 80GB and 60GB PS3 models feature the Cell Broadband Engine (Cell/B.E.), built-in hard disk drive, 1080p high-definition output, Wi-Fi connectivity, SIXAXIS wireless controller and Blu-ray Disc player. If Nielsen VideoScan is to be believed, there are at present over 270 high-definition Blu-ray Disc movies available at retail, including recent hits “300,” “Shooter,” and “Ghost Rider.”

The 80GB with the MotorStorm title packer in the box Canada is priced at $599US/$659 CND.