Sony Unveils Slimmer PlayStation 3

  • Smaller and lighter, white and black variants
  • Sept 27 release date
  • 12GB flash memory PS3 version will cost AUS$300
Sony’s latest release of the Playstation 3 or PS3 will sport a smaller and lighter form factor with 250-gigabyte and 500-gigabyte models in black and white colours, the Japanese entertainme

  • Smaller and lighter, white and black variants
  • Sept 27 release date
  • 12GB flash memory PS3 version will cost AUS$300
Sony’s latest release of the Playstation 3 or PS3 will sport a smaller and lighter form factor with 250-gigabyte and 500-gigabyte models in black and white colours, the Japanese entertainment company announced today.

Australian pricing of the gaming device with 500-gigabyte storage will now be $400 while the model with Flash memory 12-gigabyte will cost $300. The 12-gigabyte flash memory PS3 variant will be released on Sept. 27.  

According to Sony, the new PS3’s body will be roughly 20 percent smaller and 25 percent lighter than the existing PS3. 

Australian gamers will get the PAL versions of the two new PS3 models, which will be different from the editions that will be issued in North America and Japan. In effect, while the 500-gigabyte model will be identical, the version replacing the current 250-gigabyte model will come as a 12-gigabyte flash memory variant. What this allows for purchasers is the ability to upgrade to a HDD but will lose the 12-gigabyte as internal storage when they do. 

Sony further gave other announcements during a pre-Tokyo Game Show briefing in Japan in Sept. 19, such as the release of the 250-gigabyte PS3 for US$270 in North America on September 25 as part of a limited edition bundle that will feature Uncharted 3: Drake Deception Game of the Year edition, and a voucher that amounts to US$30 worth of bonus digital content for the title Dust 514.
 
The Japanese game maker also revealed that its subscription service called PlayStationPlus will now be offered for PlayStation Vita beginning in November this year. There will be various subscription options in each territory, including a 30-day plan (Japan: ¥500, Asia: HK$38); 90-day plan ()North America: US17.99, Europe: €14.99); and a one-year plan (Japan: ¥5,000; Asia: HK$233, North America: US$49.99, Europe: €49.99).
 
Sony is also integrating PS Vita with all of the PS3’s entertainment options with Playstation Plus.
 
A Playstation mobile store will also be opened up by Sony in different territories, including Japan, North America, EU, and Australia later this year.
 
Its PlayStation Network service has reached 2.4 billion downloads worldwide to date, according to Sony in a statement.

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