Sony announces 80GB PS3

Written by Tim Smalley

May 22, 2007 // 11:17 a.m.

Tags: #3 #80gb #korea #playstation #ps3 #sony

The South Korean arm of Sony Computer Entertainment has announced an 80GB version of PlayStation 3.

The model is set to cost KWR 518,000 (around £282) before tax and will launch on June 16th. This will be the first PlayStation 3 to launch in South Korea, as there were no 20GB or 60GB models launched in the region.

GamesIndustry.biz managed to speak to a SCEE representative, who stated that "at this moment in time, there are no plans to introduce the 80GB version of PlayStation 3 in Europe."

European consumers still have to pay €599 (£400) including taxes for the 60GB version of the console, which doesn't feature the PS2 chip used for backwards compatibility.

Of course, the European PS3 is still backwards compatible to some extent, but it's surprising to see just how many older games have issues. This is even more annoying when you consider that us Europeans are paying more for less.

It is unclear whether or not the Korean PS3 will include the PS2 chip for almost 100 percent backwards compatibility, but if it does, it's sure to cause a stir in Europe.

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