Plenty of news from PlayStation at this year’s Gamescom in Cologne as Sony announces two new models of the PS3 console: a 320GB version to replace the current 250GB and a 160GB to replace the original 120GB.
The 320GB model will retail at €349 in an exclusive PlayStation Move bundle while the 160GB model will be marketed at the same price as its 120GB predecessor – €299.
These two new PS3 models with larger drives were amongst several new additions including the announcement of six new catch-up TV channels.
Meanwhile the PlayStation Move has a confirmed release date of 15 September following the revelation that global sales of the S3 console reached 38 million units overall, with 16 million sold in the SCEE region, representing year-on-year growth of 57pc.
Back to the entertainment side of things: Sony’s PS3 streaming music service VidZone has delivered nearly 500 million videos to users in the SCEE region to date and the forthcoming release of PlayTV Live Chat represents a community angle, which is being added to the PlayTV service.
And for UK PS3 owners the good news is that TV channel ITV is being added to the Catch Up TV service with TV3 added in Spain and Animax in Germany.
Some new games have been added to the PS3 line-up with LittleBigPlanet 2, Heavy Rain (the Move edition), DC Universe Online and InFamous 2 amongst the upcoming titles while Resistance 3 and Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One were both confirmed.
Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One will allow four players to team up as Ratchet, Clank, Quark or Dr Nefarious for the first time.
Some quick new on the PSP handheld games console: a new selection of games is set to launch soon within the Essentials range.