Sony Computer Entertainment Australia has announced that the new PlayStation 3 80GB model will be released on the 28th August 2008, replacing the current 40GB version.
The new model was announced at E3 in July, and offers the same features and functionality of the 40GB model, but with double the storage capacity and the new DUALSHOCK 3 Wireless Controller.
The Australian pricing on the 80GB PS3 will remain the same as the outgoing model at AU$699.
The DUALSHOCK 3 controller replaces the existing controller and includes SIXAXIS motion sensing technology and in-built rumble.
"Having achieved an install base of over 350,000 consoles to date, the PS3 has already found its place in many Australian homes," said Michael Ephraim, managing director of Sony Computer Entertainment Australia.
"With more compelling content being made available to PS3 owners every week through the PLAYSTATION Network, the extra storage offered in this new model will prove invaluable," Ephraim said.
"In addition, the 80GB memory allows you consolidate all of your digital music, photos and movies in one central place within the home and experience them on a high definition TV. Add to this the ability to enjoy Blu-ray movies and games and it's clear why the PS3 has earned its place as the leading entertainment hub in today's home," he said.