TGS 2012: Sony Announces Redesigned PS3
At TGS today (last night? It’s in Japan…), Sony finally announced the new, redesigned, super-slim PlayStation 3 console that we’ve known about for the past few months. Now that it’s been unveiled, we finally have some details about how much the thing will cost: on September 25 in North America, the redesigned PS3 will be available, sporting a 250 GB hard drive and a bundled copy of the “Game of the Year” edition of Uncharted 3, and a $30 voucher for the free-to-play Dust 514, all for $269.
Shortly after launch (though it’s not quite clear when) the un-bundled version will be available for $249. A month later, on October 30, a 500 GB version will be released for $299. Europe and PAL territories get a couple different configurations: on September 28, the 500 GB console comes out for €299, while a 12GB flash-memory console will be available for €229. Don’t ask me to figure out why Europe doesn’t get the 250GB version, or why their 12GB version should be on the same level as our 250GB version…or why we don’t get a super-cheap 12GB version in North America. Whatever.
We first heard rumors of the so-called “super-slim” back in July, and now that we’ve got a price and release date for the Wii U, this is clearly Sony’s attempt to capture a chunk of the holiday market. They managed to do a decent job of that last winter with a price-drop of the PS3, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they convince a few more people to go Sony. This is clearly the system that’s going to keep selling even when they announce their next-gen console.
Also, I had a few really great images that I made for the previous “super-slim” stories. Let’s revisit them now:
Via PlayStation Blog