Sales of the 80GB PlayStation 3 model have increased by as much as 5,685 per cent following yesterday’s pre-sale at online retailer Amazon.com.
The new SKU, which is scheduled to go on sale from August 12th, contains a 80GB hard drive plus a copy of Evolution Studios’ MotorStorm and will retail for USD 599.99.
As previously reported, Sony is currently selling the original 60GB SKU for the reduced price of USD 499; however, the model is to be discontinued after stock at retail is sold out. In related news, the 60GB PS3 is also currently ranked as Amazon’s top selling product in the retailers Computer & Videogames division.
Sony has so far sold a total of 1.4 million PlayStation 3 units across North America, and is currently forecasting a further 11 million shipments for the remainder of the fiscal year.