Sony unveiled a new 80GB PS3 model today, scheduled to launch this June in the broadband-pervasive South Korea. The news comes amid slow sales of the pricey console and just one month after pulling the cheaper 20GB version from North American shelves.
"At this time there are no concrete plans [to sell the 80GB model in other markets]," said one company spokesman, speaking with PC World. However, Sony also denied rumors of the newest PS3 back in March, despite filing a change request with the FCC that mentioned the 80GB's existence.
The common belief behind the new move is that Sony may be prepping for an earlier-than-expected price drop of the PS3's steep $599 MSRP. What better way to do it than by introducing a larger capacity machine whilst dropping the current 60GB model to $499?