Sony Computer Entertainment has announced that a new PlayStation 3 (body color: charcoal black / classic white (only in some regions)), featuring a new design and a downsized form factor, will become available worldwide this holiday season. The new PS3 will come in 3 models including extended built in Hard Disk Drive (HDD) capacity of 500GB model and 250GB model, and a newly added 12GB flash memory model initially for Europe only. Availability of models, prices and launch dates of the new PS3 system in each region are as follows. This new confirms rumors as far back as Gamescom and as recently as this week about Sony dropping a “super slim” version of the PS3 sometime soon.
|Storage size||Recommended Retail Price||Launch Date|
|North America||HDD 500GB||US$299||October 30th|
|HDD 250GB||US$269 (bundle only) *2||September 25th|
|Europe/PAL territories||HDD 500GB||€299*3||September 28th|
|Flash Memory 12GB*4||€229*3||October 12th|
|Japan||HDD 500GB||29,800 Yen (including tax)||October 4th|
|HDD 250GB||24,900Yen (including tax)||October 4th|
There are some very interesting caveats to this latest news though. The new PS3 in classic white will become available in Japan from November. Other regions and countries will come after this. It appears as if the PS3 with flash memory 12GB will be sold in Europe and Hong Kong only, guess they figure there isn’t a market for it here. When using dedicated HDD, flash memory cannot be used as inner storage. The new slimmer PS3 models will not stand in the vertical position by themselves, you will need to use the separately sold “Vertical Stand” to set the new PS3 in vertical position.
So there you have it folks, hit up the comments and let us know what you think of the new models. More details as we get them.