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PlayStation 3 Gets Bigger Hard Drives

PlayStation 3 fans will be able to cram more games, music and movies onto the console thanks to a pair of new models that sport expanded hard drives.

Available immediately is the 160GB model, which replaces the 120GB model in Sony's roster and is priced at $299. On September 19, Sony will replace the 250GB model with a 320GB model priced at $399.

The latter is available only as part of the PS3 Sports Champions bundle, which includes the Move motion controller, PlayStation Eye camera, and a copy of the Sports Champions game.

"These new higher capacity models will continue to offer the same advanced features and functions of the current models, but with approximately 33 percent more capacity and at compelling price points," said Sony hardware marketing director John Koller, in a blog post Tuesday.

Sony formally announced its new PS3 lineup at Gamescom 2010 in Cologne, Germany. Entertainment companies are using the show as a launch platform for key new products. On Monday, Microsoft announced a number of upcoming games for Windows Phone 7.

The roster of 50 titles includes games ported from other platforms, including the Xbox, as well as others that will be exclusive to Windows Phone 7. The lineup also extends from casual games like "Bejeweled" and "Uno", to mobile versions of frenetic Xbox titles such as "Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst" and "Rocket Riot." Classics like "Frogger" and "Castlevania" are also in the lineup.

Microsoft said it plans to integrate gaming across the Xbox 360 and Windows Phone 7 via the Xbox Live online service, so that points scored on one platform will be combined with those scored on the other.