The Tokyo Games Show is starting soon, so expect lots of announcements. This one is pretty big. Sony have announced a small PS3 with loads of hard disk space. Good on them, as you can never have enough hard disk space!
Over to you, Sony:
NEW SMALLER AND LIGHTER PLAYSTATION®3
TO HIT THE WORLDWIDE MARKET
To Further Accelerate Expansion of the PlayStation®3 Platform towards Upcoming Holiday Season
Auckland, September 19, 2012 – Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today announced the new PlayStation®3(PS3®) computer entertainment system (body color: charcoal black / classic white*1), featuring a new design and a downsized form factor, will become available worldwide this holiday season. The new PS3 will come in 2 models including extended built in Hard Disk Drive (HDD) capacity of 500GB model and a newly added 12GB flash memory model. Availability of models, prices and launch dates of the new PS3 system in each region are as follows.
Storage size Recommended Retail Price Launch Date North America HDD 500GB US$299 October 30th HDD 250GB US$249 September 25th Europe/PAL territories HDD 500GB €299*2 September 28th Flash Memory 12GB*3 €229*2 October 12th Japan HDD 500GB 29,800 Yen (including tax) October 4th HDD 250GB 24,900Yen (including tax) October 4t
Completely redesigning the internal design architecture, the internal volume and weight of the new PS3 is reduced by more than half compared to the very first PS3 model with a 60GB HDD, and by 20 % and 25% respectively compared to the current PS3. By adopting a sliding disk cover, the new PS3 continues with the characteristic sleek curved simple body design, which fits various places in the home and enables users to enjoy an array of entertainment content.
With the extra HDD capacity, which has been extended from 320GB and 160GB, users can store and enjoy more and more entertainment content including games, music, photos, and video on the new PS3. In addition, the new PS3 with 12GB flash memory offers opportunities to experience the world of PlayStation® at an affordable price point. Users can also expand the storage capacity of the new PS3 with 12GB flash memory by connecting a dedicated HDD (250GB) to be released concurrently with the new PS3*4. In addition, a variety of accessories will be introduced by SCE to meet various kinds of needs from users.
Since the launch of PS3 in November 2006, the number of BD-based titles has reached more than 3,300 titles and downloadable PS3 games to 4,100*5 titles worldwide, with the support from a broad range of third party developers and publishers. In addition to this extensive software title line-up, exciting and attractive new titles are to be released from third party developers and publishers as well as SCE Worldwide Studios, including Call of Duty Black Ops 2 (Activision Publishing, Inc.), Assassin’s Creed III (Ubisoft Entertainment.), FIFA 13(Electronic Arts Inc. ), PlayStation® All-Stars Battle Royale, LittleBigPlanet Karting, God of War: Ascension (Sony Computer Entertainment), and more.
SCE will further accelerate the expansion of the PS3 platform, which is in the 7th year of its lifecycle, by continually releasing a vast library of exciting and attractive software titles and offering users a choice from a variety of hardware models.
*1 The new PS3 in classic white will become available in Japan from November. Other regions and countries will follow this
*2 Prices will vary by country across Europe.
*3 PS3 with flash memory 12GB will be sold in Europe and Hong Kong
*4 When using dedicated HDD, flash memory cannot be used as inner storage
*5 Includes PS one® classics and free of charge content (downloadable demos).
PlayStation®3 (CECH-4000 series)
Product name PlayStation®3 Release date North America: September 25th, 2012(HDD 250GB)October 30th, 2012(HDD 500GB)
Europe: September 28th, 2012 (HDD 500GB)
October 12th , 2012 (Flash Memory 12GB)
Japan: October 4th , 2012
Recommended Retail Price HDD 500GB model: $299/ €299/ 29980 yen (including tax)HDD 250GB model: $299/ 24980 yen (including tax)
Flash memory 12GB model: €229
Product code CECH-4000series (Charcoal Black / Classic White) CPU Cell Broadband Engine™ GPU RSX® Audio output LPCM 7.1ch, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD, AAC. Memory 256MB XDR Main RAM, 256MB GDDR3 VRAM Storage size CECH-4000A???: Flash Memory 12GBCECH-4000B???: HDD 250 GB
CECH-4000B???: HDD 500GB*1
Inputs/Outputs*2 Hi-Speed USB
2 Networking Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T) × 1 IEEE 802.11 b/g Bluetooth® 2.0 (EDR) Controller Wireless Controller ?Bluetooth®? AV output Resolution 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i?(for PAL 576p, 576i) HDMI OUT connector*3 1 AV MULTI OUT connector 1 Digital out (optical) connector 1 BD?DVD?CD
drive (read only)
Maximum read rate BD × 2 (BD-ROM)
DVD × 8 (DVD-ROM)
CD × 24 (CD-ROM)
Power AC 220 – 240, 50/60Hz*4 Power consumption Approx. 190W External dimensions(excluding maximum projecting part ) Approx. 290 × 60 × 230 mm (width × height × length) Mass Approx. 2.1kg *5 Included *6 PlayStation®3 system × 1
Wireless Controller (DUALSHOCK®3) × 1
AC power cord × 1
AV cable × 1
USB cable × 1
*1 Hard disk capacity calculated using base 10 mathematics (1 GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes). System software versions 1.10 and later calculate capacity using binary mathematics (1 GB = 1,073,741,824 bytes), which will display lower capacity and free space. A portion of hard disk capacity is reserved for system administration, which varies depending upon system software version, and is not available for use.
*2 Usability of all connected devices is not guaranteed.
*3 “Deep Colour” and “x.v.Colour (xvYCC)” defined by HDMI ver.1.3a are supported.
*4 Power changes depending on countries or regions.
*5 PS3 with flash memory 12GB weights approximately 2.0kg
*6 For certain regions, Euro-AV cable will be included.
Note: This product is not compatible with PlayStation®2 games.
Dedicated HDD(250GB) for PlayStation®3 (with attachment) (CECH-ZHD1)
Product name Dedicated HDD(250GB) for PlayStation®3 (with attachment) Release date October 12th, 2012 Recommended Retail Price €89.99 Product code CECH-ZHD1 Included HDD 250GB ?CECH-ZS1? × 1 External dimension Approx. 88 mm x 18 mm x 260 mm (width × height × length) Mass Approx. 115g Supports CECH-4000A
* The “Dedicated HDD(250GB) for PlayStation®3 ” is for the new PS3 system (CECH-4000A) and cannot be used on the other models.