Sony announced at E3 today that starting in September, not Augsust as previously reported, the 40GB model of the PS3 will be replaced by the 80GB model. The really good news: the price will be the same as the 40GB!

At its E3 press conference today, Sony announced that, starting in September, the 80GB PS3 would be available for $399.99, down from the $499 Metal Gear Solid 4 bundle currently in place for the 80GB configuration. The newly priced 80GB system will be on par with "the current functionality of the 40GB PS3," according to Sony CEO Jack Tretton. We're not sure if this means the cheaper 80GB system will be losing functionality (like SD card readers and software PS2 emulation) that the 40GB system doesn't have, but we'll let you know as soon as we get this clarified.
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  • 0
    Subzer0 Jul 15, 08
    Pretty good news. But I expect to read some bitching soon.
    • 1
      Seeker X Jul 15, 08
      IT SHOULD *bleep*ING BE $199.99 WITH MGS4 BY NOW GODAMNIT!
      • -2
        Final Blade Jul 15, 08
        IT SHOULD *bleep*ING BE $99 WITH MGS4 NOW GODAMMIT!!

        Yeah I know thats sarcasm, but I just needed to lower it seeming how cheap people are.

        Nah, I don't like this move, all it does is a slap to the face to everyone else who bought the 40GB one.
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    Drogo Baggins Jul 15, 08
    This is awesome, IMO.

    But, yes, subzer0, I'm sure a lot of people are going to bitch about this.

    But I say the cheaper the PS3 gets, the better.

    Only, 80GB is a bit much for Metal Gear Solid 4, isn't it? I mean, the install's only about 4.7 GB. Why does the PS3 need so much space?
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      Red 9 Jul 15, 08
      It's a good comeback after M$ dropped the 360's price.

      And it needs the space because MGS4 isn't the only mandatory-install game.
      • 0
        Drogo Baggins Jul 15, 08
        But, wait. I thought the PS3 was a blu-ray and Metal Gear Solid 4 player? It does other things?

        Lol, that joke went completely over your head, Red 9
        • 0
          Red 9 Jul 15, 08
          Indeed it did.

          You make-a me feel a-small minded!
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    gamer_dude Jul 15, 08
    So does this mean that there is a replacement for the current 80GB model in the works? Maybe that 160GB model that was rumored a few months ago?
    • 0
      iLLmatic Jul 15, 08
      That's what I'm thinking..
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    DragoniteBallZ Jul 15, 08
    No PS2 compatibility? No thanks. Seriously, if I can't find the Metal Gear bundle or at least a refurbished 60 gig/old 80gig somewhere by the time they are all phased out, I'm just going to forget getting a PS3 and keep my PS2. That sucks.
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      Drogo Baggins Jul 15, 08
      Well, I don't think it's very difficult to switch from the PS2 to the PS3. I know that, for my TV, it's as easy as pressing a couple buttons on a remote.

      So I'm not too worried about BC.
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    Jaw Knee Jul 15, 08
    Awesome. I'll be shopping for one in a few months.
  • 1
    RKRigney Jul 15, 08
    I'd still rather have a cheaper 40 GB. Or even a way cheaper 20 GB.
    • 0
      iLLmatic Jul 15, 08
      The thing is, they can't make the current model cheaper. To the blind or unknowing consumer, the hard drive difference is responsible for the prices of the models. In reality, hard drives don't cost dirt these days, even huge ones, and this is even more relevant because PS3, unlike 360, uses a common laptop drive. The real price hurdles are the Cell and the Blu-Ray drive, neither of which can be removed, obviously. This is why the 80gig is replacing the 40, but not actually dropping in price.
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    BANDITO ATTACK Jul 16, 08
    wow, ps3's are down to 400$
    not too bad. i cant remember how much they were last time i even checked.. probably like 500$.
  • 1
    HisServant77 Jul 16, 08
    I think this will cause a LOT, and I seriously mean thousands upon thousands of people who will complain and complain when they buy this new version. People will now believe that BOTH have the same features and such, because they will confuse the core with the other . . . simply because they are both "80gig units."

    I'm getting sick just thinking about how much I'm going to hear it in the different forums. People already complained in other forums because they thought the only difference between the 40 and 80 was the space. Now that it's the same space . . .
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    S v R 2010 Jul 16, 08
    That's a bit of a mistake tbh, they need to stop changing them. People will get fed up. If your saving up for 40gb you'll have to wait even longer to get enough money for the 80gb.
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      Dragonfist Jul 16, 08
      What? The 40GB is being replaced by one with bigger hard drive for the same price. How is it a mistake?
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    Dance Floor Killah Jul 16, 08
    I was really hoping that it would be the full package including Wi-Fi, four USB ports, and the backwards compatibility.
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    Project Genesis Jul 16, 08
    you don't want to know how mother *bleep*ing pissed i was, when, just after the receipt expired, i realized how shitty my 40gig was. no memory stick compatibility? no SD card compatibility? no PS2 compatibility? now, even more people will be cnfused and be forced to go through what I did.
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    Miss Razz Jul 27, 08
    So it's an 80GB model with the 40GB model's features (of lack thereof)?

    Ugh, Sony needs to understand that people aren't buying the 60GB and 80GB models because of their space. They want the features that the 40GB doesn't have. >_>

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