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Published on July 9th, 2007 | by Deejay Knight, Editor/Founder

80GB PS3 to lose Emotion Engine Hardware

When Sony announced earlier this year that the Emotion Engine was removed from PAL versions of the PlayStation 3, it was only expected that the move would transition to the US as well. It’s going to happen soon – with the 80GB model that launches in the US in August.

“The current 60 GB model utilizes a hardware and solution for backwards compatibility, namely the Emotion Engine chip. The new 80 GB PS3 will use a software solution for backwards compatibility, similar to that currently found in the PAL model,” said Kimberly Otzman, SCEA Corporate Communications Representative.

That’s good to know for those gamers that prefer the idea of having the PS2 hardware in your PS3, but since it’s software emulation in the newer models Sony could just as easily turn off the Emotion Engine hardware with a firmware update, couldn’t they?

Also, if you think about it, couldn’t they have been shipping the consoles without the EE for months anyway? Something to ponder while you prep yourself for the rest of the coming E3 onslaught!

80 GB Playstation 3 Will Be First NTSC PS3 To Drop PS2 Emotion Engine Hardware [GamingBits]

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