Sony Increasing Hard Drive Size On PlayStation 3

If you’ve been holding out on getting a PlayStation 3, waiting for the moment to be right, you may have waited long enough.  We’ve seen the system slim down, the BluRay format win out, the online experience stabilize, a trophy system get implemented, the price drop, and the games get better.

Well, now you can add a bigger hard drive to the list. Again.  Sony has announced they will be releasing a standalone unit that will tote a 160 GB hard drive.  At $299.99, the same price as the existing 120 GB version, you get 33% more space at no additional cost.  Can’t argue with that.

If you’ve been scoping out the PlayStation Move, and want to get everything at once, Sony is also releasing a very enticing package.  Priced at $399.99, you will get the PlayStation 3 with a 320 GB hard drive for starters.  That’s twice the size, folks.  Labeled the PS3™ Sports Champions™ Move bundle, it will also include one PlayStation®Move motion controller, PlayStation®Eye camera, a copy of Sports Champions, and a bonus Blu-ray game demo disc all in one complete package.

That bundle is slated to release at the same time as the PlayStation Move, September 19th.

I’ve been holding out on the PlayStation 3 since launch.  While I don’t have as much time to play games as I used to, Sony is making it harder and harder to resist picking one up.  This may finally be the tipping point to getting me into their world for the first time in almost 10 years.  Sony, after stumbling out of the gate with their system and coming off rather cold to their fans, have since done many things right, and may start getting the market share that their more powerful system probably deserves.

What do you think? Does a new system with larger hard drive sizes matter to you?  If you own a PS3, are these systems worth upgrading for? Does the $399.99 bundle make you interested enough in the Move to pick it up?

Press Release follows:

FOSTER CITY, Calif., Aug. 17 /PRNewswire/ — Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC. (SCEA) today announced that the PlayStation®3 (PS3™) system will be offered in North America with 160GB or 320GB Hard Disk Drives (HDD), offering more capacity to download games and entertainment content from PlayStation®Network along with personal digital content, such as music, photos, and videos. The new models will continue to offer the same advanced features and functions of the current models, but with approximately 33 percent more capacity and at compelling price points. This increased HDD space addresses the growing demand for the digital content offered on PlayStation®Network, where more than 1 billion pieces of content have been downloaded as of July 2010.

At $299.99 (MSRP), the 160GB model PS3 system offers tremendous value to consumers and is now shipping to retailers at the same price as the existing PS3 model. As part of the September 19 launch of PlayStation®Move, the new and innovative motion gaming experience that delivers precise, intuitive control, the PS3™ Sports Champions™ Move bundle will introduce the 320GB model PS3 system along with one PlayStation®Move motion controller, PlayStation®Eye camera, a copy of Sports Champions, and bonus Blu-ray game demo disc all in one complete package for $399.99 (MSRP).

“With the launch of PlayStation Move just around the corner, we’re expecting many new consumers to join the PlayStation® family. The PS3™ Sports Champions™ Move bundle provides those families with everything they need to get into motion control gaming at a great value, with the 320GB model PS3 system as the centerpiece of the package,” said Scott A. Steinberg, vice president of product marketing. “Also, as PlayStation Network continues to evolve with exciting new services, the hunger for digital content grows; these larger storage capacities address that demand and encourage consumers to take full advantage of the complete PS3 experience.”

With more than 52 million accounts registered worldwide, PlayStation Network is fueling momentum for PS3 and providing more value to consumers. An integral part of the PS3 system’s rich digital entertainment offering, PlayStation Network is the premier destination for content, with a compelling library of downloadable games, more than 23,000 HD and SD movies and TV episodes, exclusive programming, and PlayStation®Home, a social game network where users can meet friends and play games. Key games launching on PlayStation Network this year include PixelJunk™ Shooter 2,  and Dead Nation™, as well as PlayStation Move titles such as echochrome™ iiTumble, and Beat Sketcher.

For nearly 15 years, the PlayStation brand has been redefining entertainment, fueling innovation and providing more reasons for families to gather in their living rooms. With the recent introduction of stereoscopic 3D gaming and the upcoming launch of PlayStation Move, the PS3 system is set to revolutionize gaming once again. Those innovations — combined with the relentless line-up of blockbuster games launching this year, the built-in Blu-ray player that will be updated for 3D Blu-ray Disc™ movies later this year, and the expanded digital entertainment options on PlayStation Network — truly position the PS3 system as the entertainment hub of the family room this holiday and beyond.

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