At $8500 on eBay, this PlayStation 3 development kit boasts a 400GB Seagate ST3400833AS Barracuda internal hard drive and the standard Blu-ray disc player. Featuring “the same form factor as the commercially available PS3, the new reference tool (RT) models allow advanced game programming and more efficient computer graphics rendering.” Auction page. Click here for first picture in gallery.

With its more affordable pricing, this new model will appeal to a broader range of developers and publishers, and will help to provide a more streamlined game development environment, further accelerating the game development for PS3.

[via eBayXbitlabs]

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