Update: We’ve added a picture of the Uncharted bundle and found the 500GB model retailing for $300 in the US.
Holy crappola. Good thing we’re awake today because the electronics giant has been busy. Sony has just unveiled the new super slim Playstation 3 model at its pre-Tokyo Game Show (TGS) briefing today in Japan. The new PS3 has gone slimmer and sleeker in design making its latest incarnation 20 percent smaller and 25 percent lighter than the current PS3 slim and much smaller than the original PS3.
Here’s our estimate of the size comparison and difference between the newly revealed console and its previous versions based on the dimensions given by Sony.
Available in 250GB and 500GB models, the refreshed console will be available in black and white colours on October 4 and November 22 respectively in Japan.
As for the U.S., the slimmer 250GB PS3 will be available on September 25 for US$269.99 and will debut as part of a limited edition bundle featuring Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception Game of the Year edition, and a voucher for more than US$30 worth of bonus digital content for the title Dust 514 (shameless plug incoming: Check out our interview with Dust 514’s Game Designer Eino Joas).
The 250GB model will cost 24,980 Yen (US $315) but Sony remained tight lipped over the 500GB model. Sony also announced an Everybody’s Golf 6 PS3 pack, which will launch on November 22 with a white PS3 250GB model for 25,980 Yen (US $315) .
Tower View and Side View
The new 500GB PS3 will be available in a limited edition Assassin’s Creed III bundle on October 30 in North America. Again, Sony kept quiet over its pricing for this model.
Europe and Austrailia will get the PAL versions, of course, but the new models are slightly different: The 500GB version will carry the same specs as the Japan and US versions but those looking to get the PAL 250GB may feel a little shafted since it’s, well, not really 250GB. Instead, they will still get the super slim PS3 along with a super slim flash memory – at 12GB.
According to Sony, interested parties who buy the PAL 12GB model will be able to upgrade to an HDD but will lose the 12GB as internal storage when they do. This version of the new PS3 will be available in Europe and Australasia. The 12GB flash memory PS3 model will be released on September 27 in Australia for AU$300, and on October 12 in Europe for €229.
Sony also revealed its PlayStationPlus subscription service will become available for PlayStation Vita in November this year. Different subscription options will be available in each territory, including a 30-day plan (Japan: 500 Yen, Asia: HK$38); a 90-day plan (North America: US$17.99, Europe: €14.99); and a 365-day plan (Japan: 5,000 Yen, Asia: HK$233, North America: US$49.99, Europe: €49.99).
According to Sony, PS Vita will integrate all of the PS3’s entertainment options with PlayStation Plus.
Sony also announced it will be opening up PlayStation mobile stores all around the world (Japan, North America, EU, and Australia) later this year, and that its PlayStation Network service has reached 2.4 billion downloads worldwide to date.
Sony revealed two new colours for the PS Vita – red and blue. Date? November 15.
Additionally, Valhalla Knights 3, Oboro Muramasa: The Demon Blade, Call of Duty: Black Ops (December), Toukiden and Soul Sacrifice will (2013) will make its way to the Vita with the later two showing off the game’s cross-platform abilities.
Stay tuned as the story develops.