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PS3 loses weight in time for Christmas

PS3 loses weight in time for Christmas

Shipping as a 500GB and 12GB version, the new PS3 will be going up against the Wii U over the Christmas period.

Sony's Playstation 3 has shed some weight in preparation for the Christmas period with the Japanese electronics giant announcing a new iteration of the nearly six-year-old console.

Approximately half the size of the original design and still significantly smaller than the newer slim versions, the new model weighs in at 2.1kg and comes in two models. The more costly version ships with a 500GB hard-drive whilst the lower-end model has a mere 12GB of flash memory.

The 500GB model will launch in the UK on September 28, whilst the 12GB model will launch a couple of weeks later on October 12. At the same time as the 12GB model's release, a 250GB hard-drive for the machine will also be available, allowing the flash hard-drive model to be upgraded at a later date.

Pricing wise, the 500GB is set in Europe at €299.99 with a single bundled game whilst the 12GB model is a standalone package at €229.99. Prices specific for the UK are no longer set by Sony but are not expected to vary too much from these figures.

Examples given by Sony of bundled games include Assassin's Creed 3 and Wonderbook: Book of Spells. A FIFA 13 bundle will also be available exclusive to high street retailer Game.

Accompanying the launch of the extra-slim console is the PS3 Essentials range of budget games, set at an in-store price of €19.99 and €14.99 if available for download over the Playstation Network. The budget range includes several titles familiar to PS3 owners including Resistance Fall of Man, Infamous, Motorstorm, MAG, God of War 3 and LittleBigPlanet.

The new slimmer console will help Sony put up a fight against Nintendo, which aims to launch the Wii U at the end of November at a similar price point.

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mclean007 20th September 2012, 09:45 Quote
It's a bit lame that the price is HIGHER than the PS3 Slim, which has a slot loading drive and is presumably more expensive to manufacture (since, I imagine, the reason they can slim it down again is down to component process shrinks, component consolidation, and reduced cooling demands, all of which should save money)

My original 40GB is getting a bit temperamental and I will replace it soon, but I'll probably get a Slim rather than the new one (Slimmer? SuperSlim?) even though I prefer the gloss finish, since I'd like the slot loading drive and would rather pick up a 160GB Slim (more than enough space for me - never filled the 40GB) for £185 than a 12GB new one for ~£210(?) or a 500GB for ~£270(?).
Lance 20th September 2012, 09:59 Quote
One day they're going to release a nice looking version of a console that will look nice with a hifi stack instead of these ugly futuristic boxes!
mclean007 20th September 2012, 12:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by Lance
One day they're going to release a nice looking version of a console that will look nice with a hifi stack instead of these ugly futuristic boxes!
Unfortunately I doubt this - I'm sure Sony, MS and Nintendo have done their homework and tested various shapes. I bet they'd be delighted if they could get away with a plain black box like a DVD player, but there is a certain expectation as to how a console looks, and unfortunately a lot of people are swayed by that more than by practicalities and performance. Of course there was always Lian Li's XB-01B Xbox 360 case, and I'm sure you could make a cracking mod project out of recasing a PS3...
Lance 20th September 2012, 12:22 Quote
I did consider going down the Lian Li route, but thats still not really what I was after. I may end up rehousing my space xbox 360 at some point.

Actually thats not a bad idea.... To the bat cave!
Fizzban 20th September 2012, 16:13 Quote
How many people are going to be temped by this when the PS4 is just around the corner?
ssj12 21st September 2012, 04:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by Fizzban
How many people are going to be temped by this when the PS4 is just around the corner?

If my PS3 which was bought when the PS3 was first released died I would.
lacuna 21st September 2012, 12:36 Quote
Its a little disappointing that my original 60gb (upgraded to 500gb) is still the best one they have made in terms of functionality
Roskoken 23rd September 2012, 11:03 Quote
Would rather SLi my PC
faugusztin 23rd September 2012, 11:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by Fizzban
How many people are going to be temped by this when the PS4 is just around the corner?

Or not.
smc8788 23rd September 2012, 12:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by mclean007
It's a bit lame that the price is HIGHER than the PS3 Slim, which has a slot loading drive and is presumably more expensive to manufacture (since, I imagine, the reason they can slim it down again is down to component process shrinks, component consolidation, and reduced cooling demands, all of which should save money)

Not necessarily, a friend of mine has a slim and they're still very noisy (not much quieter than the fat versions), which indicate they still have fairly substantial cooling demands. If this new super slim version runs any quieter than the previous models then it would be worth the extra money IMO, especially since a lot of people use it as their main media box.
Sam__ 23rd September 2012, 13:00 Quote
Why did they chose 500Gb or 12Gb? seems like quite a large gap...
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