Sony Computer Entertainment on Wednesday confirmed launch of new versions of PlayStation 3 featuring a new design and a downsized form factor. In addition, Sony unleashed an ultra-cheap version of PlayStation 3 for Europe and PAL territories, which features only 12GB of integrated NAND flash memory instead of hard drive.
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.
The new PlayStation 3 will come in black and white colours and will be equipped with 250GB or 500GB hard disk drives. Additionally, Sony introduced an discounted version of the PS3 with 12GB of NAND flash memory, which will be initially available in Europe and PAL territories only, where it will cost more than PlayStation 3 250GB in the U.S. 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.
According to some unofficial information, the new PlayStation 3 super-slim model (CECH-40) is powered by IBM Cell microprocessor made using 32nm process technology as well as Nvidia RSX graphics processor produced using 28nm fabrication process. Thinner manufacturing technologies for key chips allowed Sony to reduce maximum power consumption of the new PS3 to 180W - 190W. The system continues to feature 256MB XDR memory, 256MB GDDR3 memory, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0, Blu-ray drive and so on.
The new Sony PlayStation 3 super-slim models will first become available in late September in Europe and North America and then in Japan. Availability of models, prices and launch dates of the new PS3 system in each region are as follows:
- North America:
- PlayStation 3 250GB - $269, September 25, 2012
- PlayStation 3 500GB - $299, September 30, 2012
- PlayStation 3 12GB - €229 ($298), October 12, 2012
- PlayStation 3 500GB - €299 ($389), September 28, 2012
- PlayStation 3 250GB - ¥24980 ($318), October 4, 2012
- PlayStation 3 500GB - ¥29980 ($381), October 4, 2012