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Sony phasing out 40GB PS3

By Mark Androvich

Tue 15 Jul 2008 8:18pm GMT / 4:18pm EDT / 1:18pm PDT

Sony said that it intends to focus on the 80GB as its primary SKU, lowering the price to $399 in September

During Sony's E3 press conference, CEO Jack Tretton said that the company would make the 80GB PlayStation 3 SKU its primary focus going forward.

This will be the fifth PS3 SKU in North America. The 20GB and 60GB launch models have both been discontinued in favour of the 40GB and 80GB models introduced last year.

Starting in September, Sony will sell an 80GB console - with the same functionality as the current 40GB model - for USD 399, giving users twice the storage capacity for the same price as the current 40GB.

However, there is a cost which might be overlooked: the loss of backwards compatibility with PS2 titles.

The 80GB model is currently the only US PlayStation 3 console to offer backwards compatibility, thanks to software emulation. As Tretton announced that the cheaper 80GB console will have the same functionality as the current 40GB system, Sony is effectively abandoning backwards compatibility.

Sony has continued to deny rumours that it will be offering PS2 games for download via the PlayStation Store.

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Svanur Bjornsson Technical Artist, CCP Games

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I find it weird that they'd remove backwards compatibility completely when they are still releasing a vast catalogue of PlayStation 2 games.

Posted:8 years ago


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