New Delhi: In a move that is being seen as its answer to Microsoft’s plans for a new version of the Xbox 360 console – the Elite – Sony Computer Entertainment has notified the US Federal Communications Commission of its intention to come out with a new version of its PlayStation 3 game console with a higher-capacity hard-disk drive(HDD).
The new PS3 will have a Bluetooth module and an 80-gigabyte HDD, among other features. Currently, the two versions of the PS3 in the market come with a 20GB and 60GB removable HDD.
The Elite comes with a 120GB drive and an HDMI (high-definition multimedia interface) connection not offered on current models.
First produced by Sony Computer Entertainment in the mid 1990s, the PlayStation is a fifth-generation video game console. The PlayStation series of console and hand-held game devices include successor machines such as Net Yaroze, PSone, PocketStation, PlayStation 2, a revised, slimline PS2, PlayStation Portable, PSX (Japan only), and PlayStation 3.
Sony had also introduced a wireless controller – Sixaxis – that gives the user wide range of multimedia activities even when the game is not inserted.
The PS3, which costs 425 pounds and will be available in India from next month ( price will be around Rs 39,990) plays Blu-Ray discs, CDs and DVDs, and has 256MB of built-in memory and a hard disk for storing games and digital media. It can connect to the internet. Smaller than the PS3, the Xbox can play DVDs and comes with 512MB of on-board memory, a 20GB hard disk and a built-in Internet play.
Nintendo’s Wii, on the other hand, is less powerful but proves successful with its controller, making on-screen action directed with real-life movements. It has 512MB of memory, no hard drive, but can download games from the Internet.