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Lighter PS3 Slim CECH-2100A is Revealed by a Japanese Retailer

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246w ago - After reports of two new PS3 Slim models hitting the FCC a few weeks back, today Andriasang.com (linked above) has uncovered news of yet another, lighter, PlayStation Slim model CECH-2100A on the way courtesy of a [Register or Login to view links].

The slight weight reduction from its current 3.2kg to 3.0kg will be indicated by a change in model number from CECH-2000A to the new CECH-2100A.

To quote: "It's presumable that, aside from just the weight, something else has changed inside the system. Sony often makes minor hardware adjustments, changing the model number in the process.

The retailer expects Sony's PS3 shipments to switch to the new version in March."
 

Video: Heavy Rain PS3 Trailer Hits Japanese Store with Spoilers

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255w ago - Today a new Heavy Rain PS3 trailer (below) has hit the Japanese PlayStation Store, and it includes both some awesome orchestral scores and spoilers as well.

While checking the latest teaser from Quantic Dream, keep in mind all of the footage shown is in-game.

To quote: "We'd warn you that this new trailer for Heavy Rain is filled with spoilers. Thankfully, it's in a language you probably don't understand: Japanese.

With Quantic Dream's PS3-exclusive thriller arriving in Japan next month (quite possibly before America gets the game), this trailer is packed with enough dramatic moments to make us run to Japan to get a pre-order."




 

Final Fantasy XIII Japanese Release Date and Bundle Confirmed

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273w ago - It's official! Square Enix will release Final Fantasy XIII on December 17, 2009 in Japan, unless it decides not to between now and then.

To quote: "Square Enix president Yoichi Wada announced the release date and the price (8,800 yen, or $95!) today at its Final Fantasy XIII Party in the [Register or Login to view links] museum (via [Register or Login to view links]).

Kaz Hirai then took the stage to announce that of course there will be a PS3 hardware bundle containing the game.

He didn't mention any details - no price nor release date, though it's sure to be day-and-date with the standalone software. When Square Enix does show it off, it'll be hard not to hear about it."
 

Pachter: Japanese PS3 Retail Ordering Halted, Price Cut Likely

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276w ago - To confirm earlier reports of discontinued models and old stock drying up, today Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter stated in a [Register or Login to view links] that we're about to see a PS3 price cut and the introduction of a new hardware SKU.

To quote: "The retail commentary I've seen has come out of the UK. I have not seen at US retail. We heard Japanese retail a few weeks ago say they weren't going to be getting any more PS3s after August 8, and now we're starting to hear UK retail say they cannot re-order PS3s until month-end. And that suggests there'll be a model change."

He added: "If Sony's practice is the same as it was in the past, and the Slim is more of a redesign of the components to drive down cost, then I think we will get a price cut."

Only a few days to go until Sony's GamesCom keynote address in Cologne next Tuesday... then we'll all know for certain.
 

Beach Resort Lounge Hits the Japanese PlayStation Home

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276w ago - Today Irem has announced that it is offering a new Beach Resort Lounge and also bringing a variety of beach wear to the Japanese PlayStation Home.

Items include the following, roughly translated:

Straw hats in a variety of colors, hard hats for cave exploration complete with helmet lights, bikini tops and bottoms, sports towels, sandals and tenderloin feet (flippers), water glasses (goggles), surf shorts, and mosquito coils.

There is also an area for you to go underwater, until your Air Gauge runs out of course.

Enjoy the diving and beach resort.. Beach resort is up!
 
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