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80GB PlayStation 3 can be distributed in several regions

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Sony Computer Entertainment is planning to launch an 80GB version of the PlayStation 3 for the second half of June this year. This new version of the console will only be available in South Korea, where it will sell for $ 581, the company announced last week.

A news report released today by the Associated Press now reveals that the Japanese company is considering introducing the equipment also in the United States and other regions. However, data regarding the possible launch date or the sale price of the equipment in other markets are not yet known. Sony spokesman Satoshi Fukuoka says the sale of the equipment in other markets «depends on the decision of each region».

The company decided to place a version of the console with greater capacity on the South Korean market due to the intensive use of very broadband networks in the region, a situation that Sony wants to feed as the PS was developed to assert itself as a «vehicle of entertainment beyond games, «says the manufacturer’s spokesman.

By the end of March of this year Sony had already sold 5.5 million PlayStations 3, that is, less than half a million than the value desired by the company. Competitor Nintendo surpassed PS3 results by selling more than 5.8 million Wii’s in the same period.

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