While pricing isn't confirmed yet, the upgraded flash memory PlayStation 3 consoles are expected to cost slightly more than the current generation models. Below are the details, to quote:
"A German online retailer confirmed via Facebook that in October a new PS3 with 12GB of flash memory will appear. More information on the console has not been provided.
It was speculated long ago that Sony would release a new version of the PS3. Sources are indicating that this PS3 will possibly have an even smaller box than the PS Slim, meaning a new ultra-slimline design is on the way. We're also expecting a hike in price, although no figures are available.
Sony's German PR chief Guido Alt commented that he knew nothing of the existence of such a console, when questioned by Gamereactor. But with Tokyo Game Show just around the corner, and with Sony holding a press conference next Wednesday, we'll likely know more in the very near future."
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Seems like they've been "downgrading" their PS3 ever since, they've removed 2 USB ports and backwards compatibility. By the time this new PS3 is released the next generation of consoles will probably only be 1 year away making this cheaper since no one wants to spend their money on a console that will be discontinued soon.
When the PS4 is released this will become even cheaper. Hopefully around $100 (or less) like the PS2 today, I think they're just planning to make a slimmer PS3 to interest people in buying a PS3 even though the PS4 is on its way to make a bit more money of the system like they have with the PS2.