TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp. (6758.T) will launch its PlayStation 3 with an 80-gigabyte (GB) hard disk drive on June 16 in
South Korea for 518,000 won ($556), offering the upgraded version of its latest game console for the first time ever, the Japanese electronics conglomerate said.
Sony, locked in a battle with Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:MSFT - news) and Nintendo Co. Ltd. (7974.OS) for dominance in the $30 billion global video game industry, is ready to offer the 80-GB version in other regions if demand emerges, the Tokyo-based company said.
Since online games are highly popular in South Korea, Sony has decided to put extended storage capacity in the PS3 to allow active downloading of games and other entertainment content, it said.
Sony currently offers 20-GB and 60-GB versions in Japan, but only sells the 60-GB model in Europe. In North America, it is discontinuing the lower capacity version and focusing on the 60-GB model.