Sony upgrades Japanese PS3, confirms Home Beta

Posted by Wolfgang Gruener

Tokyo (Japan) – Sony will begin offering the 80 GB Playstation 3 with a rumble pack wireless controller this month in Japan. The 40 GB version will be transitioned into “open” pricing.

Sony is stepping up its game against its rivals to draw attention from holiday shoppers. Beginning on October 30, the base model in the Japanese market will be the 80 GB Playstation, which will include one wireless Dualshock 3 controller by default. The current 40 GB will be offered at “open price” from October 10, the company said.

The new PS3 will be offered in three colors, black, silver and white and will be priced at 39,980 Yen, which translates to about $400. The price includes a copy of the game Gran Turismo 5 Prologue Spec III.  

Also, Sony said that the Beta release of its Playstation Home service is on track to launch as open beta within this calendar year. As previously indicated, the increased storage capacity is primarily required by this service – to enable users to buy plenty of games and store photo, music and video content.