By Alexandra Burlacu | Sep 21, 2012 10:12 AM EDT
Sony has again revised its PlayStation 3 and introduced a smaller, thinner model of its flagship console at the Tokyo Game Show. The new model is reduced in size and sports larger hard drive capabilities, but it will also have a higher price tag in the U.S.
While prices will remain unchanged in Japan, in the U.S. the 250GB model will launch on Sept. 25 with a $270 price tag, while the 500GB version launches in the U.S. on Oct. 30 with a $300 price tag. The 250GB super slim PS3 model includes Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (game of the year edition), as well as downloadable content for Dust 514. Meanwhile, the 500GB version comes bundled with Assassin's Creed III. The cheapest "slim" model currently costs $250.
The new Sony PlayStation 3 will be available in two colors - Charcoal Black and Classic White. According to the PlayStation blog, the new PS3 design is 50 percent lighter and smaller than the original PlayStation 3 launched in 2006, and roughly 25 percent lighter and 20 percent smaller than the existing "slim" model introduced in 2009.
Officially, the super slim PS3 weighs in at 1.1 pounds less than its predecessor, and drops several inches in depth and height. While the aesthetics are somewhat low-key, for the first time the new console does not use a slot-loading disc drive. Instead, the new PS3 features a sliding door panel to top load discs. The overall power consumption marks another notable change, as it drops from 200W to 190W.
In other territories, customers can buy these packages with an additional option for a super slim PS3 that includes a 12GB flash drive, as well as room to expand via an official mounting bracket. PlayStation's U.S. arm did not mention this option, and Sony did not say whether that SSD-equipped model would arrive in the States as well.
"As developers continue to release deep and rich digital gaming content, providing an option for larger HDD is essential, especially for gamers with large DLC packs, and full game downloads, as well as personal entertainment content," John Koller, director of hardware marketing, wrote on the PlayStation blog.
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