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Buying a PS3? Wait until September

The all new 80 GB PS3 “Core Pack” (SRP $400) will go main stream and replace the current 40 GB model in the market by September this year. Jack Tretton announced on Sony’s press Conference at this year’s E3 adding the words “the same functionality of the 40 GB… with twice the storage” that should make people think twice about getting a PS3 unit any time soon.

Here’s a quick excerpt:

Sony Computer Entertainment America Announces New 80GB PLAYSTATION(R)3, Limited Edition PlayStation(R)2 Bundle, and PlayStation(R)Portable Entertainment Pack at E3 2008

Starting in September 2008, the newly announced PLAYSTATION(R)3 (PS3(TM)) 80GB model will become the mainstay of the company’s hardware line-up. The 80GB model will retail for $399, and will offer all of the features and functionality of the 40GB model with double the storage to accommodate more movies, graphics, music, photos and other entertainment content — all for the same price. As with its predecessor, the new 80GB model will be a complete entertainment system comprising of a Blu-ray(TM) player, HDMI output, an integrated Wi-Fi connection, Cell Broadband Engine(TM) and a built-in 80GB hard-disk drive. The multi-functionality of the 80GB PS3, combined with more than 140 exclusive and third-party titles and the PLAYSTATION(R)Network, is a comprehensive entertainment value designed to appeal to a wide range of consumers from hard-core gamers to general entertainment enthusiasts.

[read full announcement via kotaku]

Since it’s exactly the same unit as the 40GB (except for the swapped drive), you still won’t have backwards compatibility to PS2 games as with the now defunct model (the very old 60 GB PS3). Holding out your purchase until September however will give you a PS3 unit with double the storage capacity. If you don’t want to risk voiding your unit’s warranty by opening the unit and swapping a bigger drive, I suggest you wait.

SCEA has also launched it’s new PLAYSTATION(R)Network Video Delivery Service. The new service offers movies and TV shows for purchase and rental for both the PS3 and PSP. As of current tally, there’s nearly 300 full length movies and more than 1,200 TV episodes. Now if the PSP would only support DiVX XD

Now, some news for PSP users, a new limited edition package is up for grabs.

Following the success of five PSP(R) (PlayStation(R)Portable) Entertainment Packs, SCEA announced the Ratchet and Clank(R) Size Matters PSP Entertainment Pack, a new bundle showcasing PSP’s multi-functional feature set, targeted for holiday gift-giving. Launching in October 2008 for $199.99 MSRP, the bundle will include a limited-edition “Silver” PSP system with the highly acclaimed game, Ratchet and Clank(R) Size Matters; a blockbuster movie on UMD(R) (Universal Media Disc); a PLAYSTATION(R)Network voucher to download the innovative puzzle game, echochrome(TM) from PLAYSTATION(R)Store: and a 1GB Memory Stick PRO Duo(TM) for storing music, videos, photos and more

Put Dark Knight or Wanted on the UMD and you’ve got yourself a buyer here Sony.

This year’s E3 brings the biggest news in gaming. I simply wish I could be there but.. XD

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