Sony Japan announces new PS3 models, Move launch titles

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We may be coming off a three-day weekend in the US but for Japan this week has been business as usual, and Sony's Playstation division has been busy.

First came the announcement of two now Playstation 3 models. The first comes with a 160 GB hard drive and is available in either white or the more traditional black. The second is a new black PS3 with a 320 GB drive. Both of these new models will be available in Japan on July 29th. Aside from hard drive space (and color in the case of the white 160 GB model) these appear to be identical to the existing PS3 "Slim" model on store shelves now. There has been no official word on whether these models are coming to other parts of the world. There's also a new Japan-only bundle that comes with the Torne DVR peripheral for the Playstation 3.

If you're a PS3 owner who is salivating at the thought of these big hard drives, keep in mind the PS3's drive is user-replaceable. I upgraded mine to a 320 GB drive last week for about $45.

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The next Sony news was about the Move launch in Japan. Gaming blog Andriasang shares a list of all the Move-enabled games that will be available at launch. There's also a new Japanese promotional video (which I'll embed below) and news of a PlayStation Move Resident Evil 5 Special Pack which includes Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition, a Playstation Move controller and the Playstation Eye camera. Hopefully that bundle will be offered in North America and Europe for the launch; it sounds more interesting than the Starter Bundle that has been announced here (which substitutes Sports Champions for Resident Evil 5 Gold).

Finally, Engadget shares the news that Sony's CECH-ZVS1 Surround Sound System for PS3 hits Japanese store shelves on September 30. This is a low-priced ($199) soundbar system with integrated sub-woofer that matches your (black) PS3.

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