New Smaller and Lighter PS3 Announced

New Smaller and Lighter PS3 Announced

A new PlayStation 3 with a new design and downsized form factor has been announced.

Image source: Sony Computer Entertainment

In charcoal black or classic white, the PS3 will come in 3 models including extended built in HDD capacities of 500GB and 250GB, and a newly added 12GB flash memory model initially for Europe only. On top of adopting a sliding disk cover, its volume and weight has been reduced compared to the very first PS3 model with a 60GB HDD, and by 20% and 25% respectively compared to the current PS3.

With the extra HDD storage space which has been extended from 320GB and 160GB respectively, users can store and enjoy more entertainment content including games, music, photos, and videos on the new PS3. Users can also expand the storage capacity of the 12GB flash memory PS3 by connecting a dedicated HDD (250GB) to be released concurrently with the new model.

Release dates

North America: 25 Sep 2012 (250GB) / 30 Oct 2012 (500GB)

Europe: 28 Sep 2012 (500GB) / 12 Oct 2012 (flash memory 12GB)

Japan: 4 Oct 2012

Pricing HDD 500GB model: US$299 / EUR$299 / JPY$29980

HDD 250GB model: US$269 (bundle only) / JPY$24980

Flash memory 12GB model: EUR$229


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