320GB PS3 soon to be sold solo

Highest capacity HDD-equipped console will sell for $350 a la carte starting today, $50 more than 160GB version, $50 less than 320GB Move bundle.

In August, Sony announced it was increasing the capacity of the PlayStation 3's hard drive by releasing 160GB and 320GB models of the console. But while the former was available solo for the same $300 price point as the discontinued 120GB model, the latter was only available as party of a $400 bundle, which included the PlayStation Eye camera, Move controller, and minigame compilation Sports Champions.

The 320GB PS3 will cost $350 in the US.

Today, Sony announced that the 320GB PS3 will soon be available on its own for $350. Stand-alone units of the console (pictured) will begin shipping today and will arrive in stores in the near future.

The 320GB and 160GB models are just the latest in a long line of reconfigurations of the PlayStation 3, which debuted in 2006 with 60GB and 20GB of hard drive space. Since then, 40GB, 80GB, 120GB, and 250GB HDD-equipped versions have been released. Along the way, the console both lost and gained functionalities, with the backward compatibility of early models disappearing and the console recently receiving native Netflix playback.

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jeremiah06
jeremiah06

@XanderZane It was on this site. I don't have the link but you should be able to find it it wasn't that long ago.

XanderZane
XanderZane

@godzillavskong @XanderZane, they actually make a 80gb thumb drive? Wow! ********************************************************* Are you being sarcastic? lol!! There are larger thumb drives then 80GB obviously. --------------------------------------------------------------------- @jeremiah06 @XanderZane I hear their working on a physical add on that allows PS2 playing. ****************************************************** You have a link to that story? I would love to read it.

jeremiah06
jeremiah06

@FamousCalibur Its not an update its a hardware attachment similar to the 360's HDDVD add on. Also it won't be free...

FamousCalibur
FamousCalibur

@jeremiah06 that would be one of the smartest move on the ps3, the ps2 had a lot of great games that i still have, if an update allows ps2 on ps3 the ps2 would be gone or sold even less

jeremiah06
jeremiah06

@XanderZane I hear their working on a physical add on that allows PS2 playing.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@XanderZane, they actually make a 80gb thumb drive? Wow!

XanderZane
XanderZane

How many SKU's is that now for the PS3? I completely lost count. Some had PS2 b/c, some don't. Some had 4 usb ports, memory card readers and Linux O/S, some don't. lol!! What a mess. I'm glad I still have my 60GB PS3. I hope it lasts 10-15 more yrs. ******************************************************************** @leonard88 i will only get a new one once it has ps2 backwards compatibility *********************************************************** Me too. Otherwise I'll backup my currently 60GB drive and copy the data to a 80GB thumb drive and then copy it back to a 320GB+ drive. I think I still have a lot of memory on my 60GB drive though.

Io_ACE_oI
Io_ACE_oI

They need to bundle this with the Move controller then it can compete head to head with the 360/Kinect bundle. A 1.5 TB external drive can be found for about $115, you can load all your, music, videos, copied games, etc. to it. That way users like me that have an early 60 GB (backwards compatable) PS3 don't have to waste time and money upgrading.

buying1999
buying1999

Instead of bigger and bigger HDD why don't they do something like a RAM upgrade, or better GPU so the PS3HDWii can have graphics on par with the mighty 360. I wonder if this will come with the pretty little pink ball on a wand wavey around Wii copy thingy?

Knutte79
Knutte79

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LeoLex_
LeoLex_

how much "£" for 500GB HDD?

abroche
abroche

why buy another ps3 if all i can do is change the HHD to a 500Gb for less

BADPHL
BADPHL

I have a 80G and it´s already full of games. I wiil buy a 500G and it goes to resolve my memory problems.

TTDog
TTDog

Why, if they make such a big deal about being able to change the hard drive yourself, do they get so freaking worked up about releasing yet another version with a different sized hard drive?

fester420
fester420

Before I yloded I had about 20GB of space left off a 320GB HDD. That's with about 25GB of music and the rest game data and DLC. I'm hoping someone comes out with a 2.5" 1TB 9.5mm HDD before I decide to buy the 750GB.

Omega_Zero69
Omega_Zero69

i will only get a new one once it has ps2 backwards compatibility

redskinStu
redskinStu

Already upgraded mine to 500 GB.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

I'm surprised they haven't put these bigger hard drive out sooner, especially seeing as how Microsoft and Sony want their consoles to be the media center of the household. I have the 120gb 360, which I only have 51gb left. I have 2 movies downloaded, 71 Arcade titles, and the rest is either DLC, or game saves. So I know I'm going to eventually invest in the 250gb hard drive. I remember when the 360 only had the 20gb. Man did that fill up fast! My PS3 is 160gb version, so I think it's straight for now.

SoNin360
SoNin360

I don't think its that necessary to buy it with that much space. If my PS3 decides to randomly die on me, which hopefully is unlikely, then I would probably just get the 160gb version... It's not like I would use all that space.

DFen
DFen

thats cool for ppl who doesnt have a ps3 at all but for ppl who do, they could just buy a 750gb hardrive off ebay or something most likely cheaper

AnimeKen15
AnimeKen15

Apple can't buy Sony, Sony is worth more and makes more money anyways

dkpunk
dkpunk

@lldaelong Exactly get a launch w/BC and upgrade to 500gb. Cheaper and a much better system. What I did...

purecontrol
purecontrol

Since apple is buying sony, I think PS3 sales will shoot up

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@BlackBaldwin The [Backup System] isn't in the [Settings] for no reason. Many people - including IGN have backed up the system on an USB drive and it works. I don't get where you get the hundred bucks from, other than buying an USB hard-disk drive and a 2,5" Serial Ata price combined, because I can easily get a Western Digitals 250GB @ 7200rpm S-ATA II 2,5" for 50e.

AzatiS
AzatiS

I just wonder if Sony will do the same mistake with next PS and make it so expensive.... I hope not.

FaYt2021
FaYt2021

Hmm.. no thanks Sony! 160gb here, I download games and movies all the time and am not even close to being at capacity! The key is to delete the installation data of the games you don't play anymore since they usually take 2-10gb a piece.

wiiplay1
wiiplay1

I think 250 GB is enough for me, and anybody else that hasn't replaced the hard drive or even bought a PS3 yet.

badboyx5
badboyx5

How bout buy a used PS3 from gamestop and buy a 500GB HDD on ebay or online vendor. i got mine for 60 bucks. PS3 for $250. $310 for a much bigger capacity PS3. boom!... ive had mine for over 2 yrs now.

alldaelong
alldaelong

Let's see considering that I added a 320GB hard drive to my launch 60GB a year ago, I'll pass

hakkinnen
hakkinnen

I still have a 80gb launch model, with 32gb of storage space left. And BC too.

GameFox74
GameFox74

@ Mellow09 F-ing A!!! In this economy, we don't want big drives but cheaper consoles. And it better be cheap before Twisted Metal comes out!!

Darthmatt
Darthmatt

I've had a 320gb PS3 for over a year now. custom of course, but it was cheap and easy.

mellow09
mellow09

I wish Sony would stop releasing ludicrously sized HD's, and just lower the price of their models.

VirtualTofu
VirtualTofu

120gb would be perfect for me, but aslas, I only have 80gb. So, I spent $40 on a 320gb HDD on ebay. I can't wait to fill it up!

rexprimoris
rexprimoris

LOL, I'm still enjoying my $99 slimline PS2. When Sony releases the PS4, and the price of the PS3 comes down to earth, then I may purchase one. Don't have as much petty cash lying around as I once did.

Marky360
Marky360

@BlackBaldwin it's easy to transfer the data all u have to do is back your data up to an external HDD theres and option for it right on the setting page of the XMB are u sure that guy u talk to actually worked for sony.

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

@TevoxZi, I called sony to see if there was anyway to transfer the data and the guy I talked to said he didn't know of a way to do it or more importantly sony didn't have a way to do it. So I guess I could try using a usb to do it but I rather have a tested method before spending a hundred bux on a 2.5 in computer HDD upgrade...

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@BlackBaldwin Never heard of USB hard-drives?

Icehearted
Icehearted

I really wish they'd just all pick one SKU and stick with it.

Xx619MysterioxX
Xx619MysterioxX

Thats good news for people that want a PS3 with the move bundle, otherwise you can just swap the HDD hardrive putt 500GB in it, and your set for life.

frdm_killer
frdm_killer

@mad_krips. I upgraded my 80gig fatboy to 500gigs also very easy to do.

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

I have a 120gig harddrive slim and I actually used up almost all of my hard drive I wouldn't mind upgrading the HDD but theirs no way of transfering the data off the old drive soo I guess I'll just keep what I got and delete some dlc and remove some games I downloaded off of psn...

Xx619MysterioxX
Xx619MysterioxX

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PayneKiller
PayneKiller

My 80GB ran out and I had to replace it with a 250. A 320GB would be nice but backing up that **** would be a pain if you go near to filling it. I don't see why people should buy this and not just pay the extra $50 for the Move bundle instead.