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Sony's PlayStation 3 goes on a diet, Vita receives a makeover

by Alistair Lowe on 19 September 2012, 09:55

Tags: Sony Computers Entertainment Europe (NYSE:SNE)

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It's almost that time of the year folks, time for the Tokyo Game Show. In the lead-up to gaming festivities and showcases, Sony has revealed not only some Japan-bound Vitas in glossy new colours but, also, a new, slimmer and lighter PlayStation 3, destined for release, here in the UK.

PlayStation 3 Super Slim

We honestly don't quite know what to make of the grills on the top of the new unit - fashionable by the tastes of few we suspect - it's clear that this console is designed to be as cheap-as-chips to produce. Perhaps this is Sony preparing the hardware, much like it did with the PlayStation 2, to be an affordable alternative to the next generation, that the firm can continue to pump-out at a profit whilst focusing forwards.

Minor rant aside, this new console is both 20 per cent thinner, 25 per cent lighter and five per cent less power-hungry than the latest slim models, available in "Charcoal Black" and "Classic White". Prices have been provided in Euros, with the unit coming in two variants, a standalone 12GB flash and 500GB spinning-disk model bundled with Fifa 13, retailing at €229.99 and €299.99 respectively. We're hoping for a little pound conversion here, as right now these consoles are out-pricing equivalent slim models on e-tailer websites.

First for release is the 500GB model, which will hit stores on September 28th, with the flash model reaching our shores a little later, on October 12th. It's worth noting that it will be possible to upgrade the flash variant with an internal harddisk, with the purchase of an official mounting kit, else, Sony will be offering an official 250GB harddisk.

Backing-up this new, cheaper PlayStation 3 will be old, cheaper games, which will fall under the umbrella of the 'PlayStation Essentials' line. These games will retail for €19.99, with many available online for €14.99. The line-up will include:

1st Party Titles

  • Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune*
  • Resistance Fall of Man
  • inFAMOUS*
  • Motorstorm
  • Heavenly Sword
  • MAG*
  • God of War III
  • LittleBig Planet*
  • Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction
  • ModNation Racers*
  • Sports Champions*
  • EyePet & Friends
  • Start The Party!
  • DanceStar Party!
  • Medieval Moves*
  • Move Fitness*
  • The Fight*

3rd Party Titles

  • Assassin’s Creed II*
  • Assassin’s Creed*
  • Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood*
  • Far Cry 2*
  • Prince of Persia*
  • Driver San Francisco*
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas 2*
  • James Cameron’s Avatar: The Game*
  • Prince of Persia – The Forgotten Sands*
  • Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood*
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2*
  • Brothers In Arms: Hell’s Highway
  • Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution*
  • Tomb Raider: Underworld*
  • Just Cause 2*
  • Sniper: Ghost Warrior
  • Tekken 6
  • SEGA Mega Drive: Ultimate Collection
  • Sonic Unleashed
  • Virtua Fighter 5
  • Darksiders: Wrath Of War*
  • Homefront: Ultimate Edition*
*Available for download

The PlayStation Store will also witness a redesign, perhaps to better integrate Sony's new budget game line-up.

And last but not least, we leave you with images of some pretty Vitas, in the colours "Cosmic Red" and "Sapphire Blue".

PS Vita Cosmic Red and Sapphire Blue
Image credit: Engadget

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so sony`s attempt to counter the wii u - is the PS3 ;)

athough finally having one withouth a hard drive (ala xbox) IMO is a backwards move
So, new slim is a slimmer version of the old PHAT one.
Not including a HDD is a silly move. Most games will rely on it so they'll have to get one anyway.

As for the pricing…. still far too expensive. It needs to be under £200 to hit a magic price point for many (the cheaper model is under £200, with a straight conversion but will need a HDD purchase as well) and, at this stage of it's lifespan, you'd be expecting it to be around £149.

£149 for the HDD less model and £199 for the other and they'd sell a bucketload.
Knock £50 off the price and I'll buy a second PS3 for the second TV. As it is, it is still little more than the price I paid for the fatty PS3 in 2008.
Wow, still the best part of 300 notes with a HDD in….there was me thinking it was 6 year old tech……