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TGS 2012: Sony Officially Unveils a Smaller, Lighter PS3 Slim Model


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104w ago - Sony Hardware Marketing Director John Koller has officially unveiled a smaller, lighter PS3 Slim model at TGS 2012 today!

This confirms previous reports of a PlayStation 3 super slim console coming including those HERE, HERE and HERE at long last.

To quote: Tokyo Game Show is always an exciting time for gamers everywhere, as we all look forward to new games and other news being unveiled during the show.

This year is no exception. We are always looking for ways to create better experiences for our gamers, and to that end, we just unveiled a smaller, lighter PlayStation 3 at the show.

The new PS3 will be available in two different models, with 250GB and 500GB HDDs which will allow you to store even more of your digital life. It also features a smaller, streamlined design that will look great as part of any entertainment system. The new model is approximately 20% smaller and 25% lighter than the current PS3.

In order to maintain the superior gaming experiences that you expect from us here at PlayStation, we are always looking for ways to change and evolve with your gaming behavior.

You might remember the smaller models that we launched for PlayStation 2 and PSP (PlayStation Portable), and we know that many of you love the opportunity to add these streamlined models to your home.

Additionally, as developers continue to release deep and rich digital gaming content, providing an option for larger HDD is essential, especially for games with large DLC packs, and full game downloads, as well as personal entertainment content. The biggest and best games live on PS3 this holiday season, and the new PS3 is the perfect way to play.

We are also excited to announce that the launch of this new PS3 model will include incredible additional value. The 250GB PS3 will be available on September 25th for $269.99 (MSRP) as part of a limited edition bundle featuring UNCHARTED 3: Drake's Deception: Game of the Year Edition and a voucher for more than $30 worth of bonus digital content for the highly acclaimed digital title, DUST 514. This bundle offers more than $70 in total combined value.

The winner of over 60 industry and Game of the Year awards, UNCHARTED 3: Drake's Deception will be re-released next week in an all new Game of the Year Edition, which includes 12 new multiplayer maps, over 40 multiplayer skins, Fort Co-Op Adventure, and Shade Survival Mode, a value of over $45 in bonus content.

In case you somehow missed it, UNCHARTED 3: Drake's Deception is the latest installment in Naughty Dog's storied UNCHARTED franchise that chronicles the adventures of Nathan Drake. UNCHARTED 3: Drake's Deception Game of the Year Edition is a great way to kick off your gameplay experience on the newest PS3 model.

UNCHARTED 3: Drake's Deception Game of the Year Edition will also be available as a standalone title on September 25th for $39.99 (MSRP).

CCP Games' DUST 514 brings intense infantry combat, large-scale warfare and deep character advancement to PS3 in an exclusive free-to-play massively multiplayer shooter.

Set in, and integrated with, the massive universe of EVE Online, players wage war in the next generation of first-person shooters, where a single victory could prove the crushing blow to a galactic empire of thousands of online gamers. This bundle includes an incredible amount of bonus value - more than $30 in total.

For those of you who do not own a PS3 yet, or have been looking to add another PS3 to your household, this is the perfect opportunity to jump in before the next wave of blockbuster games launch this holiday season.

The new 500GB PS3 will be available in a limited edition bundle on October 30th in conjunction with the release of Assassin's Creed III - one of the most anticipated games for this holiday season featuring four exclusive levels, only available on PS3.

PlayStation fans - let us know what you think of the new PS3 model.





Below are some additional details from Sony's [Register or Login to view links], to quote:

Tokyo, September 19, 2012 - Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today announced that a 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 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.

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 29,980 Yen (including tax) October 4th
HDD 250GB 24,980 Yen (including tax) October 4th

Thanks to a complete redesign of the internal architecture, the volume and weight of the new PS3 has been reduced by more than half compared to the very first PS3 model with a 60GB HDD, and by 25% and 20% respectively compared to the current PS3.

By adopting a sliding disk cover, the new PS3 continues with the characteristic sleek curved 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 12GB flash memory PS3 by connecting a dedicated HDD (250GB) to be released concurrently with the new model*5.

In addition, a variety of accessories will be introduced by SCE to meet various kinds of needs from users including a vertical stand that offers more flexibility in how the new PS3 can be displayed*6.

Since the launch of PS3 in November 2006, the number of BD-based titles has reached more than 3,300 titles and more than 4,100*7 downloadable PS3 games are available worldwide, thanks to 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 BIOHAZARD 6 (CAPCOM CO., LTD). Tales of Xillia 2(NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc.), Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2 (TECMO KOEI GAMES CO.,LTD), RYU-GA-GOTOKU 5(SEGA Corporation),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 Only PS3 system bundled with software title will become available.

*3 Prices will vary by country across Europe.

*4 PS3 with flash memory 12GB will be sold in Europe and Hong Kong

*5 When using dedicated HDD, flash memory cannot be used as inner storage

*6 Users will need to use the separately sold "Vertical Stand" to set the new PS3 in vertical position.

*7 Includes PS one classics and free of charge content (downloadable demos).





Specifications (CECH-4000 series) PlayStation 3

Product name PlayStation 3
Release date UK: September 28th, 2012 (HDD 500GB)October 12th , 2012 (Flash Memory 12GB)
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 12GB CECH-4000B : HDD 500GB*1
Inputs/Outputs*2 Hi-Speed USB
(USB 2.0) 2
Networking Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T) x 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 x 2 (BD-ROM)
DVD x 8 (DVD-ROM)
CD x 24 (CD-ROM)
Power AC 220 - 240, 50/60Hz*4
Power consumption Approx. 190W
External dimensions (excluding maximum projecting part ) Approx. 290 x 60 x 230 mm (width x height x length)
Mass Approx. 2.1kg *5
Included *6 PlayStation 3 system x 1
Wireless Controller (DUALSHOCK 3) x 1
AC power cord x 1
AV cable x 1
USB cable x 1

*1 Only PS3 system bundled with software title will become available.

*2 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.

*3 Usability of all connected devices is not guaranteed.

*4 "Deep Colour" and "x.v.Colour (xvYCC)" defined by HDMI ver.1.3a are supported.

*5 Power changes depending on countries or regions.

*6 PS3 with flash memory 12GB weights approximately 2.0kg

*7 For certain regions, Euro-AV cable will be included.

Note: This product is not compatible with PlayStation 2 games.

Vertical Stand (CECH-ZST1J)

Product name Vertical Stand
Release Date
North America: September 25th, 2012
Europe: September 28th, 2012
Japan: October 4th , 2012
Recommended Retail Price
North America: $14.99
Europe: €14.99
Japan: 1,800yen (including tax)
Product code CECH-ZST1
Included Vertical Stand (CECH-ZST1) x 1
External dimension Approx. 120 mm x 17.5 mm (diameter x height (thickest part)
Mass Approx. 200g
Supports CECH-4000 series

* The "Vertical Stand" is for the new PS3 system (CECH-4000 series) and cannot be used on the current model.





Dedicated HDD (250GB) for PlayStation 3 (with attachment) (CECH-ZHD1)

Product name Vertical Stand
Release Date October 12th, 2012
Recommended Retail Price €89.99
Product code CECH-ZHD1
Included

HDD 250GB (CECH-ZS1) x 1

Mounting Bracket
External dimension Approx. 75 mm x 27 mm x 103 mm (width x height x length)
Mass Approx. 136g
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.

Update: Sony Europe has also confirmed the 12GB PS3 Slim model and titles on the European PlayStation Blog [Register or Login to view links] today, to quote:

PlayStation 3 offers the ultimate in gaming and home entertainment at brilliant value for money, and it's now available in an eye-catching smaller, lighter new design.

Available from 28th September 2012, the new PS3 system comes with a whopping 500GB of storage and will be closely followed by a wallet-friendly 12GB version.

The 500GB will launch as a bundle with FIFA 13 for around €299.99, with the 12GB priced around €229.99 standalone, and owners of the 12GB model will be able to connect a 2.5 inch SATA internal hard drive with use of an official Mounting Bracket, or opt for purchase of an official PlayStation 250GB internal HDD.

So whether you're after instant access to memorable, fun-packed evenings with the family, or want to load up your system with tons of fantastic entertainment, we've got the right PS3 for you.

To tie in with the launch, we are introducing PS3 Essentials, providing the best of PlayStation 3 at the greatest value yet. With a wide range of titles available, from Assassins Creed: Brotherhood to Sports Champions, there is truly something for everyone (see full list below).

These great games will be available at retail for around €19.99, with many titles available to download from PlayStation Store from around €14.99 (titles marked with an *).

So, with all the great games and features you love now wrapped up in a sleek new design, there's never been a better time to get your hands on PlayStation 3.

1st Party Titles:

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune*
Resistance Fall of Man
inFAMOUS*
Motorstorm
Heavenly Sword
MAG*
God of War III
LittleBig Planet*
Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction
ModNation Racers*
Sports Champions*
EyePet & Friends
Start The Party!
DanceStar Party!
Medieval Moves*
Move Fitness*
The Fight*

3rd Party Titles:

Assassin's Creed II*
Assassin's Creed*
Assassin's Creed Brotherhood*
Far Cry 2*
Prince of Persia*
Driver San Francisco*
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2*
James Cameron's Avatar: The Game*
Prince of Persia - The Forgotten Sands*
Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood*
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2*
Brothers In Arms: Hell's Highway
Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X
Deus Ex: Human Revolution*
Tomb Raider: Underworld*
Just Cause 2*
Sniper: Ghost Warrior
Tekken 6
SEGA Mega Drive: Ultimate Collection
Sonic Unleashed
Virtua Fighter 5
Darksiders: Wrath Of War*
Homefront: Ultimate Edition*

Update 2: Sony Australia has also posted on their [Register or Login to view links] today that a new look for PlayStation Store will be coming this October to accompany the new PS3 model, stating:

"To tie in with the launch, PlayStation Store for PS3 is set to get a new look from October 2012 too, making it even easier for you to find and download the content you love from the comfort of your sofa."







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Foo's Avatar
#16 - Foo - 104w ago
So Sony just told me I can buy a PS3 with 12GB with no HDD but then buy an HDD? Daffuq O.o $250-$300... Get a brand new one at GameStop for cheaper. >.

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#15 - JOshISPoser - 104w ago
i think that's like new regulations and stuff to prevent piracy. someone was asking about this saying when they watch a movie on the ps3 through component, it down converts it.

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#14 - PS3 News - 104w ago
Below is a guide on How to Change the New Super Slim PS3 Hard Drive (via gamespot.com/features/how-to-change-the-new-super-slim-ps3-hard-drive-6396942/) for those interested:

While the new version of Sony's PlayStation 3 console isn't exactly short on hard drive space- particularly if you're picking up one of the 250GB or 500GB versions- those with large media collections, or those hoping to save a few pounds by picking up the 12GB flash version may be wondering how to replace the system's built in storage.

Unlike previous versions of the PlayStation 3, which had a visible hard drive slot, the super-slim's is cheekily concealed, and there's no information about the slot at all in the manual. Fortunately, replacing the hard drive is simple once you've figured out where its supposed to go.

Note that if you're replacing an old PS3 with the super-slim and want to retain all your data, you will first need to deactivate purchases on your old console, connect both of them together via ethernet, and use the Data Transfer Utility to transfer the files. You can find a full guide on the process here (manuals.playstation.net/document/en/ps3/current/settings/transferutility.html).

s3nint3!
STEP ONE: First off, find the top of your PS3; that's the end without the rubber PlayStation logo nubbin covering the screw hole for the stand. Then slide the plastic side-panel away from you to reveal the hard drive slot.

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STEP TWO: With the side-panel removed, the hard drive slot is revealed. Unscrew the blue screw using a standard philips-head screwdriver.
s3nint3!
STEP THREE: Once you've removed screw simply pull the hard drive away from the console using the rather handy handle.

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STEP FOUR: Flip the hard drive over to reveal four screws, which keep the metal caddy attached to it. You need to remove all four screws and then reattach them, along with the caddy to your new hard drive. Then simply slide the new hard drive into the console, reattach the screw and side panel, and you're good to go.

s3nint3!
We noticed our new PS3 super-slim came fitted with a 7.5mm, 500GB hard drive. 7.5mm drives are typically used in slim laptops like ultrabooks, due to being thinner than standard 9.5mm drives. That said, the PS3's hard drive slot is large enough to accommodate 9.5mm drives should you wish to use one.

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#13 - shummyr - 104w ago
Quote Originally Posted by niwakun View Post
It also reports that this PS3 doesn't support HD Output over component/D-Sub cables, only HDMI can output a HD resolution while composite cables outputs a 480 interlace video.

This is the worst part of all other than it looks awful

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#12 - properBo - 104w ago
I know people that have never taken their consoles online for one reason or another, a 12gb model would suit those folks since they aren't really getting updates or dlc.

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