For the first time I can remember, a console has gone through three form factor revisions and who would have thought it’d be Sony?
We released an article about Sony filing a new PS3 model with the FCC early in july, which you can read here: Sony Files New PS3 Model with FCC
Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. has just announced today that a new PlayStation 3 system will be making its way to stores in the coming months. The new PlayStation 3 will come in 3 different models, only differing by hard drive size at 500 GB, 250GB and a 12GB Flash memory model.
Coming first to North America is the 250GB version which will be available on September 25th for $249. You can also obtain the 250GB version bundled with Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception: GOTY for $269
Europe will be getting The 500GB Version September 25th and will cost €299 while the 12GB Flash version will be coming October 12th for €229.
Japan will be getting the 250GB version on October 4th for 24,900 Yen and the 500GB version October 30th for 29,800 Yen.
It seems that the 12GB model is only coming to Europe and all of the PAL territories which makes us all very sad in North America and Japan.
This new PlayStation 3 model has been completely redesigned, while the shape of the console is generally the same there are a few differences mainly concerning how the console holds discs. The volume and weight have been significantly reduced. The new model is at least 50% smaller and lighter compared to the original PlayStation 3 model. The top of the console features a corrogated plastic top that slides to the left to reveal the disk tray. This saves space, but also adds to the sound of the console when a disc is spinning. The base model of this new extra slim PS3 has increased the storage size from 160GB to 250GB and 320GB to 500GB from the previous slim PS3. So now you finally have enough space for all of those required install games. The 12GB flash verion will be releasing simultaniously with a new external dedicated hard drive with 250GB of space. The new PlayStation 3 will come in the standard Charcoal Black as well as the Classic White.
PlayStation 3 Super Slim Specifications
CECH-4000series (Charcoal Black / Classic White)
Cell Broadband Engine™
LPCM 7.1ch, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD, AAC.
256MB XDR Main RAM, 256MB GDDR3 VRAM
CECH-4000A???: Flash Memory 12GB
CECH-4000B???: HDD 500GB*1
2 Hi-Speed USB
Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T) × 1 IEEE 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth® 2.0 (EDR)
1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i?(for PAL 576p, 576i)
HDMI OUT connector
AV MULTI OUT connector
Digital out (optical) connector
drive (read only)
Maximum read rate
BD × 2 (BD-ROM)
DVD × 8 (DVD-ROM)
CD × 24 (CD-ROM)
AC 220 – 240, 50/60Hz*4
Power consumption Approx. 190W
(excluding maximum projecting part )
Approx. 290 × 60 × 230 mm (width × height × length)
PlayStation®3 system × 1
Wireless Controller (DUALSHOCK®3) × 1
AC power cord × 1
AV cable × 1
USB cable × 1