Sony plans to launch a version of its PlayStation 3 console with an 80GB hard-disk drive in South Korea next month.
The new PlayStation 3 model will go on sale first in South Korea when Sony kicks off PlayStation 3 sales there on June 16. It will cost US$581.
The console, which launched in late 2006 in the US and Japan, typically comes with a 60GB, hard-disk drive. In some markets Sony offers a second version with a 20GB drive, although sales are being discontinued in favour of the higher capacity model, which has sold considerably better.
The 80GB model could appear in other markets.
"At this time there are no concrete plans [to sell the model in other markets] however this could be an option to introduce it in other regions but it needs to be decided by each region," says Satoshi Fukuoka, a spokesman for Sony in Tokyo. The machine otherwise has a similar specification to the existing PlayStation 3 model with a 60GB drive, he says.
News that Sony was planning an 80GB model of the console first came in a US regulatory filing with the Federal Communications Commission in March. At the time the company declined to comment on product plans.