Less than a month after Sony announced the 80GB PS3 at the E3 Media & Business Summit, it has officially arrived in North America. The higher-capacity model is now available in the US and Canada, where it retails for $599 and C$649, respectively. Currently, the console comes bundled with the heavily promoted off-road racer MotorStorm, although its packaging says it is a “limited edition.”
But while the 60GB console’s days are numbered, its supply is holding up despite a massive increase in demand. According to Sony, sales of the console have increased 113% at its top five retail partners – Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy, Circuit City, and GameStop -when compared to average sales during the month before drop. Sony did not supply specific sales figures for the PS3,in the US in June, according to the NPD group.
Sony predicts that, at current demand levels, the console will remain in the North American retail channel until fall. Besides being cheaper that its 80GB sibling, the 60GB PS3 also contains emotion engine hardware to play PlayStation 2 and original PlayStation games. Like the Xbox 360, the 80GB model uses software emulation for its backwards compatibility.
Source: GameSpot News