- Sony Computer Entertainment Europe head David Reeves
told members of the European press at private event held in Santa Monica that the 80GB equipped PlayStation 3 Core Pack - first announced by Jack Tretton
at the company's E3 presser - will hit all PAL territories on August 27, with the exception of Russia.
The unit will cost £299 (€399), with additional bundle configurations set to arrive between September and mid-December at varying price points.
Just like in North America, this model will replace the 40GB, while retaining all of its functionality. So - yes, that means no backwards compatibility.
To quote: "In PAL, we will introduce an 80GB PS3 80Gb on August 27th. It will be a simultaneous launch across all PAL territories, and reach Russia two weeks later, due to compliance issues. "It will cost 399 Euros or £299. Promotional bundles will arrive between mid-September and mid-December at various prices.
"The 40GB model will be replaced by 80GB. Don't ask if we're going to go down in price on 40GB - the answer is no.
"This has been planned by Kaz [Hirai] for months. There are very few 40GB models left - especially in UK. We predict we'll be out of stock by the time we launch."