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Sony Announces New PlayStation 3 Slim Model

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SCE (Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.) today have announced a new model of the PlayStation 3, which is “smaller and lighter” than previous models, and will become available in UK stores September 28th, 2012 and October 12th, 2012.


There will be two to choose from, a 500GB HDD (launches September 28th) and the new 12GB flash memory version (launches October 12th and also comes with a 250GB HDD release), both of which have been drastically reduced in size and weight in comparison to the original 60GB model and even more so than the current one. Both new PlayStations will feature a new sliding disk cover and a vertical stand will also be available to buy, possibly meaning the console won’t be able to stand upright without support.

Along with the new 500GB model comes a bundled game, Sony lists Assassin’s Creed III, Call of Duty: Black Ops and FIFA 13 as prime examples of the games you’ll be able to play.

The system will retail for £184.99/€229.99 (12GB Flash) and £249.99/€299.99. Users wanting to stand it vertically will be required to purchase a stand as an extra.

Below for more technical details.

  • Product code – CECH-4000series (Charcoal Black/Classic White)
  • CPU – Cell Broadband Engine
  • GPU – RSX
  • Audio output – LPCM 7.1ch, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD, AAC
  • Memory – 256MB XDR Main RAM, 256MB GDDR3 VRAM
  • Storage size – CECH-4000A :  Flash Memory 12GB, CECH-4000B: HDD 500GB1
  • Inputs/Outputs – USB 2.0
  • Networking – Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T) × 1IEEE 802.11 b/Bluetooth 2.0 (EDR)
  • Controller – Wireless Controller Bluetooth
  • AV output – 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i (for PAL 576p, 576i)
  • HDMI out – connector, 1
  • AV MULTI out – connector, 1
  • Digital out (optical) – connector, 1 BD, DVD, CD drive (read only)
  • Maximum read rate – BD × 2 (BD-ROM), DVD × 8 (DVD-ROM), CD × 24 (CD-ROM)
  • Power – AC 220 – 240, 50/60Hz
  • Power consumption (approx.) – 190W
  • External dimensions – (excluding maximum projecting part) approx. 290 × 60 × 230 mm (width × height × length)
  • Mass – approx. 2.1kg
  • Included – PlayStation 3 system × 1, Wireless Controller (DUALSHOCK®3) × 1, AC power cord × 1, AV cable × 1, USB cable × 1

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Marco Prinzi