With the holiday shopping season almost upon us, the chances are that consumers have been looking for something to spend their hard earned cash on to fill in the additional time that they find themselves with over the long winter nights. Sony have risen to the challenge by taking the opportunity during their Tokyo Games Show to announce a newly redesigned PlayStation 3 that will be available almost immediately for console fans to get their hands on. Although, essentially packing the same power as the original console, the new PS3 is 25% lighter than the current PlayStation 3 Slim model and 50% lighter than the original model.
The slimmer, more streamlined unit will be available to consumers in either Charcoal Black or Classic White and will offer either 250GB or 500GB of internal storage, which seems like a monumental upgrade when compared to my original PlayStation 3 that came with 60GB of storage when purchased on launch day in the United Kingdom five years ago. Interested parties in North America will be able to get their hands on the smaller capacity unit on September 25th by handing over $269.99 to retailers.
For those who like everything bigger and better, the larger 500GB PlayStation 3 will be available at the back end of October for an additional $30 on top of the 250GB model. Both models will be available for purchase with a limited edition offer assigned to them, with the smaller unit coming with the game of the year edition of Uncharted 3 Drake’s Deception, as well as a nice little $30 credit to spend on additional content for the Dust 514 game. Those who purchased the 500GB version for $299.99 will receive Assassin’s Creed III as part of the deal.
The announcement of this new super sleek PlayStation 3 doesn’t really come as a surprise, considering it was teased earlier on in the year, but the official unveiling gives it a further stamp of approval as well as a release date. As part of this new release, we could also be seeing a newly redesigned PlayStation Store being pushed out during next month. In addition to the new 250 and 500GB models, a smaller 12GB flash memory model will also be available in certain European territories for those that don’t need a whopping amount of internal capacity.