Sony today announced an 80GB PS3 for $599 which ships with a copy of Motorstorm, while the 60GB version will drop to $499. But is this enough to attract buyers?
GWN editor Richard Manley writes, "For potential PS3 owners, the increase from 60GB to 80GB of storage space is worth next to nothing. That extra 20GB is, in terms of hard drive sizing, an increase about as small as they come. It not only puts the new PS3 behind the Xbox 360 Elite in terms of sizing but also in price.
Sony are throwing in a copy of the popular off-road racing game Motorstorm to sweeten the deal a little, but I'm doubtful if that will be enough to turn this ship around. Potential PS3 owners would be better off, in my opinion, buying the otherwise identical 60GB model for $100 less, and calling it a day. It has all the same features, and that 100 bucks you saved could be better put towards a couple games you actually want.
Gamers who want masses of storage space on their PS3 are likely going to install their own 300GB monster, not spend an extra 100 bucks for a measly 20GB of extra space.
Still, ignoring the new 80GB model, the 100 dollar drop for the 60GB version is a step in the right direction. If Sony can launch a solid line-up of must-own titles this Christmas, and bundle one of those in with the $499 60GB model, they'll have a hit on their hands."