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TGS 2012: Smaller, Lighter PS3 Model Unveiled

John Koller's Avatar Posted by Vice President, PlayStation Brand Marketing, SIEA

Tokyo Game Show is always an exciting time for gamers everywhere, as we all look forward to new games and other news being unveiled during the show. This year is no exception. We are always looking for ways to create better experiences for our gamers, and to that end, we just unveiled a smaller, lighter PlayStation 3 at the show.

PlayStation 3

The new PS3 will be available in two different models, with 250GB and 500GB HDDs which will allow you to store even more of your digital life. It also features a smaller, streamlined design that will look great as part of any entertainment system. The new model is approximately 25% smaller and 20% lighter than the current PS3.

In order to maintain the superior gaming experiences that you expect from us here at PlayStation, we are always looking for ways to change and evolve with your gaming behavior. You might remember the smaller models that we launched for PlayStation 2 and PSP (PlayStation Portable), and we know that many of you love the opportunity to add these streamlined models to your home. Additionally, as developers continue to release deep and rich digital gaming content, providing an option for larger HDD is essential, especially for games with large DLC packs, and full game downloads, as well as personal entertainment content. The biggest and best games live on PS3 this holiday season, and the new PS3 is the perfect way to play.

We are also excited to announce that the launch of this new PS3 model will include incredible additional value. The 250GB PS3 will be available on September 25th for $269.99 (MSRP) as part of a limited edition bundle featuring UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception: Game of the Year Edition and a voucher for more than $30 worth of bonus digital content for the highly acclaimed digital title, DUST 514. This bundle offers more than $70 in total combined value.

New PlayStation 3 Bundle

The winner of over 60 industry and Game of the Year awards, UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception will be re-released next week in an all new Game of the Year Edition, which includes 12 new multiplayer maps, over 40 multiplayer skins, Fort Co-Op Adventure, and Shade Survival Mode, a value of over $45 in bonus content. In case you somehow missed it, UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception is the latest installment in Naughty Dog’s storied UNCHARTED franchise that chronicles the adventures of Nathan Drake. UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception Game of the Year Edition is a great way to kick off your gameplay experience on the newest PS3 model.

UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception Game of the Year Edition will also be available as a standalone title on September 25th for $39.99 (MSRP).

CCP Games’ DUST 514 brings intense infantry combat, large-scale warfare and deep character advancement to PS3 in an exclusive free-to-play massively multiplayer shooter. Set in, and integrated with, the massive universe of EVE Online, players wage war in the next generation of first-person shooters, where a single victory could prove the crushing blow to a galactic empire of thousands of online gamers. This bundle includes an incredible amount of bonus value – more than $30 in total.

For those of you who do not own a PS3 yet, or have been looking to add another PS3 to your household, this is the perfect opportunity to jump in before the next wave of blockbuster games launch this holiday season.

PlayStation 3

The new 500GB PS3 will be available in a limited edition bundle on October 30th in conjunction with the release of Assassin’s Creed III – one of the most anticipated games for this holiday season featuring four exclusive levels, only available on PS3.

PlayStation fans – let us know what you think of the new PS3 model. Stay tuned for more PlayStation 3 updates here on PlayStation.Blog!

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LovelyAnimeGirl said:

September 20th, 2:35 pm

I love the new design. I’m looking forward to getting one.

Dragonator888AE said:

September 20th, 2:42 pm

I Got the Fat and the Slim and i was going to buy this one but when i saw the left side top opening i started to hate it :(

WTF505 said:

September 20th, 5:07 pm

Looks shiny and quiet cool.
But the whole point are missing from this. PS3 Slim is serving well it’s purpose. So…. Why bothering with another redesing thing? Is it better to put all thing money and work\hours into another game for PSVita, ’cause i’m sure it need it.

WTF505 said:

September 20th, 5:10 pm

And – wait’a’sec – i don’t see BD-player? Is it some kind of PS3GO?

ChronoClown said:

September 20th, 5:23 pm

I really like this new look

DoctorWhoNC said:

September 20th, 5:38 pm

I don’t see the point. I have 2 PS3’s. One is a fat with 320gb and my slim other has a 700rpm 500gb hybrid SSD / hard drive. It works great and I love it. Don’t see a need for a new style PS3. The extra storage space in the one coming out in October can be done to any PS3 right now. No reason to waste money buying something nearly identical to what I already have. If I didn’t have one at all, that might be a different story.
Personally, I will just wait for PS4.

rndnew26 said:

September 20th, 7:02 pm

Does it play Blu-Rays and DVDs?

GRAPHIX1979 said:

September 20th, 8:26 pm

Cant wait for these new ps3’s to come out. they look awesome.

penyos said:

September 20th, 9:12 pm

Ummm….nothing special, money saved!

BlacKRaiN_666 said:

September 20th, 10:26 pm

@ Yazter- A 4 port USB hub is very cheap, so pick one up. The only thing that doesn’t function through a USB hub is the PS Eye so plug that into the 1 remaining port directly on the PS3 and problem resolved, you now have 5 instead of 2.
@JuniorPS- I agree. While the new version of this system may be $269.99 now, I actually believe that once it’s been long enough for no one to notice, they will simply drop it to $200, since the price is probably only $270 because it has $70 of “free” extra content and they want to help sales.
@skepsipol- On the contrary, getting the 500 GB version for $30 more is also quite silly, since if you already have one of the current, much more practical PS3 slims, you can simply buy a 1TB (1000 GB) 2.5″ hard drive for around $100 and install it yourself. This means less money, you don’t have to replace your current hardware and twice the storage capacity.

BlacKRaiN_666 said:

September 20th, 10:27 pm

@DeadFable- Agreed. The top-loading design is a drag and I don’t understand why they would downgrade the disc input from previous models. As for the 2 USB ports: this is nothing new. All of the previous slim slim models have 2 USB ports, as well as some of the hard drive capacity fill-size PS3’s that were released around 2008.

BlacKRaiN_666 said:

September 20th, 10:27 pm

@xxnike629xx- I seriously doubt that competing with Nintendo is the first thing on Sony’s mind. Nintendo is not even close to competing and never will be. It is a matter of preference really. If you are particularly a fan of Zelda or Mario or are under 10 years of age, you will get a Wii, regardless of price point or hardware. If you are a gamer who enjoys the finer things however, especially if you are a hardcore gamer, you will get a PS3. It is simply a matter of personal preference. Having said that, some others get Xbox 360’s because they were dropped on their heads as an infant or something. I mean, why get an Xbox when there are no more than 5 blockbuster exclusive titles, if that, and the mere number of impressive titles for PS3 is absolutely otherworldly. Not to mention the superior hardware the PS3 has to offer.
I can’t remember who said it but I also agree that the grooves on the top would collect a lot of dust and be difficult to clean.
Having made my peace with all of your comments, my final thoughts are that this particular design probably should have stayed on paper.
Sorry for all of the comments. It was one but was apparently too long.

ShadowCreep84 said:

September 20th, 11:15 pm

I Just want to know if you can swap the HDD on this new model and if so how?

BriS2K said:

September 21st, 2:57 am

No USB port at the back on this model is a huge fail. It looks hideous having USB cables connected to the front for things like the Eye camera and external HDD. The slide disc tray looks horrible and doesn’t function very well. When the system is laying flat, opening the disc tray is abrupt and loud (sounds like a clang). When standing vertical, it opens slowly and soft. Sony’s lost their golden touch (easily years ago), the Super Slim is a really disappointing looking and designed console.

GamEI-_-IOveR said:

September 21st, 8:08 am

So I dont mean to bust b@lls or anything,but this is what you guys have been mastering on in the last year or so a new design and a somewhat upgrade of 500Gb?! I got a ps3 slim model with that now,and the most sony could do is re-establish some backwards compatability to it..sheesh im not interested…SMH!

usaofamerica said:

September 21st, 9:04 am

NICE ONE THERE!. A must buy.

usaofamerica said:

September 21st, 9:07 am

Feel like i wanna buy this but, i have 1 PS3 already.

wwb164 said:

September 21st, 3:21 pm

I heard its suppose to be backwards compatable with ps2 games? Sure havent seen anything though…. that would be awesome if it was…

BShornock said:

September 21st, 3:34 pm

While I’m sure that not many people will read this, but the question is, why release a new system? Games are still selling great, games are a lot more advanced than they used to be. If you don’t like the re-design, don’t buy it.

What other people fail to realize, this is NOT a price increase.

160GB Slim=$250
250GB SuperSlim with Uncharted 3 GOTY=$270
320GB Slim=$300

I do agree that Sony needs to get with the times, and use 4 USB ports again, 1-2 in the rear, at least 2 in the front. Why shell out money for a nYko USB adapter just to get extra ports, then have to take off said adapter in order to be able to connect a Vita to the PS3?

The idea behind these revisions, less power consumption(Which means you save money running these systems), and they are supposed to run cooler since less power needs to go out. This was also done in the PS2 and PSP.

Revisions could also be done so the systems are not hackable, you figure the 3.55 CFW was released when Slim’s were barely on the market, so every new slim out of the box, is pre-3.55, this new hardware I’m sure will come pre-loaded with whatever 4.0 firmware is out there, and format hard drives as such.

quanta111 said:

September 22nd, 2:01 am

How slim do they wanna go? For it’s design, it’s so-so but I really dislike how they make the grills on the front (ugly).

quiomar01 said:

September 22nd, 6:30 am

Take out Dust 514 or Uncharted 3 and include a 1-year PS Plus code and that’s a system seller right there!

Cobrapony50 said:

September 22nd, 2:44 pm

I don’t like the sliding disc tray it would not be functional in my equipment rack. If 500g is the only upgrade then I will just upgrade my hard drive in my current system from 320 to 500 when it gets full. Seriously I think the only reason they are keeping it the same price for the 500g new one as the 320g old slim is because they don’t think it will sell if the 320g is cheaper.

a_striped_lombax said:

September 22nd, 3:17 pm


I have a 360, PS3, and Wii… There’s nothing wrong with having a certain console as opposed to another. Also, Borderlands, Skyrim, and Red Dead Redemption were better performing games on the 360 than PS3. If PS3 had Halo and the Forza series, I would have never bought a 360. As for Wii, I am ashamed to say I was caught up in the gimmick.

HPFire217 said:

September 22nd, 8:21 pm

I dont like the new PS3 model only because I dont like the idea of another ps3 I mean come on Fat PS3, Slim PS3 and then another PS3 and now adays you can always buy yourself a external hardrive 2 tb for 80 dollars online and the design looks like the ps2 with the lines.

QRY7854 said:

September 22nd, 8:40 pm

I’m hoping that the white version comes out here as well and can’t wait until the new playstation network arrives next month.

IK_RR said:

September 23rd, 5:18 am

Anybody knows if this is dual voltage? 120V-240V or each will have its own voltage?

gnolcire said:

September 23rd, 7:55 pm

the last ps3 i had yellow lighted and could not be fixed. so i will have to get one

niceblue77 said:

September 23rd, 10:52 pm

i want to know if u can get the 500 gb in stores 2 ? i have a 80 gb (fat) and can’t play online anymore overheat old i guss for 4 years allredy wanna upugrade

Vicioussama said:

September 24th, 8:52 am

Will it actually play Playstation 2 games?

Did you guys fix the problem where a wiring gets loose and you’ll not have your system start up and get a Yellow Light Of Death?

Will you actually finally give the rest of the world a UMD exchange program -_- it’s seriously keeping MANY of us from buying a Vita.

e-WrEcK- said:

September 24th, 9:26 am

I hope Sony is looking at the black lash for this absolutely ridiculous pricing strategy.

This is industry is all about content purchases…why not decrease the price for a system that is starting to age! You make money off your content you sell…

Again to reiterate what some others are saying…typically consumers will look at price…not whats bundled inside…

Not everyone wants the bundled content included, or needs larger hard drives…

Just give us bare bones for at a lower price point.

This will also entice those that are looking to buy a 2nd system, who already own plenty of content. It would also be great for those that want a device that focuses on streaming content or using their device as a media center/blu ray player. It would easily compete with so many other media devices out there like Roku/Apple TV, but you gain the benefit of having a blu ray disc player and a gaming system.

All I can say is this is just a bonehead move that makes no sense. I was wanting to purchase a 2nd PS3 if the price point were less then 200…but now, I’m not going to bite on this…goob job Sony


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d-harvrox said:

September 24th, 4:09 pm

@whoever posted that they were going to buy the 500gb model to have more space, why not install your own hard drive. It would save you a couple of hundred dollars, and it’s so easy, a 5 year old could figure it out.

anthony99164 said:

September 25th, 5:33 am

will it have the new games that come out when the new xbox comes out will it be still around or will htere be another play station????

anthony99164 said:

September 25th, 5:34 am

will this have the newer games to come out when the new xbox come out or wil there be a ps4 ?

bluemaple33 said:

September 25th, 9:22 am

Why do so many of you complain? Get over yourself and your greedy ways.

Splicer011 said:

September 25th, 12:29 pm

can i put my current hdd with all of my saved data, in that?

DaBrick837 said:

September 25th, 7:42 pm

Were the ridges along the top placed to help dissipate the heat? It would make sense since both earlier versions suffered from YLOD and the Xbox’s had the RROD. Mine just got YLOD and I’m getting it repaired now.

I’m pretty sure Sony is still using the lead-free solder so did they do anything else to help with the heat issue?

Lots of other good comments here about the price rise and USBs.

MUTEKI31 said:

September 25th, 10:39 pm

So i didn’t see any super slim models at any gamestops or best buys….has anyone seen them in stores? Care to comment Sony?

d86ramos said:

September 26th, 11:28 am

I have had every single major PlayStation that came out and of course the PS3. When I bought the PS3 I would have thought that it would have had backwards compatibility, but it didn’t. So after 2 yrs. of enjoying my first PS3, it started to give me problems and eventually died. I looked around and found a used rare 60GB DC PS3. I had that one for about 6 mos. and did online gaming and was very happy until that one started giving me problems as well.
You should make your PS3 an open source which means that it should allow homebrew apps and also allowing of data transfer as far as game saves. I don’t like that console to console transfer because if the old PS3’s motherboard gets fried then there would be no way of transferring that data to the new console. If you continue to make products that don’t last very long well I don’t see you lasting any time soon.
I believe that you could have made a better design. And believe me I’m not the only that think like this. I understand that you need to make money but, you SONY need to care more about your COMSUMER which is us. I was thinking about purchasing the newest PS3 that you have coming out but from what I’ve seen I don’t think that will be happening soon.

Leon_Magnum said:

September 26th, 11:55 pm

anyone know what the DUST514 Package is? or is easy to guess that its just $30 of Aurum?

gsusfreek said:

September 27th, 12:31 am

Will the new PS3 slim be able to read PS1 and PS2 games?

Caspian71- said:

September 28th, 1:28 pm

It looks nice and all (getting it) but they really got to put ps2 games compatibility!

iLL-cloud said:

October 2nd, 8:42 am

i think that the new ps3 looks great & the flawless Design is a great improvement, i just cant believe it can hold 500GB that is a major upgrade for something that just got a 20% weigh decrease.

KiIIer187 said:

October 7th, 6:20 pm

Ok I just bought the new super slim 500GB now so the real storage space is 465GB when i checked the my free space ive noticed to have only 425GB now i didnt install any games neither did i transfer files to my ps3 so where did 40GB of space go to huh? Is there someone who can give me some explaination on this phenomenon XD.

cravemar said:

October 8th, 8:44 pm

any upgrades on media server capability? file format? .mkv files? i think its about time you guys address this.

Airman-Green said:

October 12th, 8:09 am

IDK, it’s not entirely horrible to look at. I think that’s because we care so use to the Play Statons having a flat smooth surface. The only groves you would see are on the sides/front of the PS2. Two of my previous Playstations have eaten my disc and refused to spit them out when the system crapped out, so I don’t find this as a bad idea. Even though the loader seems more prone to break, I might as well get this one. My 320GB Uncharted 3 bundle I bought last year jst crapped out on me with a sytem restoration problem, so I might as well pick up this one.

TheHawkRocker said:

October 12th, 7:56 pm

IT’S SO COOL! Too bad I got my PS3 last Christmas. I like my PS3 anyway. I got the PS3 slim. What is this design called though? PS3 Vortex. <—- epic name right there!

mstrbador3000 said:

October 12th, 8:22 pm

Yay! Back to the days of scratched discs from poorly designed top loaders. I remember when the PS1 was called ‘the shredder’. I don’t think Sony is heading in the right direction. Everyone knows why they’re 3rd in the console rankings except them. Maybe you should employ a gamer like me as head of your N. America division. I’ll show you what needs to be done and what cuts not to make. At least this design makes cleaning the laser lens easier without spending $150 to fix all these disc read errors. But seriously, I’m not impressed. There’s no mention of you addressing the cooling problems from the last slim. Is it even worse now with a smaller fan? Or was that removed to?


October 16th, 2:22 pm

I prefer the PS3 Slim design so I ‘ll guess I’ll be sticking with it. Just doesn’t seem worth it.

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