NEW PS3 MODEL HITS THE GYM!

NEW PS3 MODEL

Today at the European Gamescon,  gamers and Playstation fans alike exalted a cumulative “Finally!”.  After months and months of rumors, speculation, market pressure, corporate restructuring, falling stock prices and hope, the PS3 gets not only a price cut but a new slim model as well.  Canadian readers can take note that the stated US price will also be applicable in CDN currency as well.

Available on September 1st, the new model will feature a 120GB hard drive at two thirds less the size and power consumption.  In addition, the new PS3 slim will also include the Bravia Sync feature to allow you to navigate through your PS3 with your Bravia remote.    For those who can’t wait to buy a reduced PS3, or still want to keep the option to install Linux, effective today the current 80Gb model will also be cut in price to $299 and the 160GB model will now be $399.   Now, only the upcoming holiday season will tell if this price cut will help catapult unit sales of Sony now slim entertainment hub.   Sean C.


Official release below:


Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.today unveiled the new PlayStation 3 (CECH-2000A) (body color: charcoal black) computer entertainment system, featuring an extremely streamlined form factor with a 120GB Hard Disk Drive (HDD).  The new PlayStation 3 (PS3) system will become available in stores from September 1, 2009, in North America, Europe/ PAL territories and Asian countries and regions at a very attractive recommended retail price (RRP) of US$299 and €299, respectively.

The system will become available in Japan on September 3, 2009, at a RRP of 29,980 yen (including tax).  With the introduction of the new PS3 system, SCE will also reduce the price of the current PS3 with 80GB HDD to a RRP of US$299 from August 18 and €299 from August 19.  Also in North America, the price of PS3 with 160GB HDD will be reduced to a RRP of US$399 from August 18.  By launching a vast library of exciting and attractive software titles for PS3 this holiday season and offering customers a line-up of hardware models and pricing to match their preference, SCE will build on the momentum and further accelerate the expansion of the PS3 platform.

NEW PS3_BACK

The internal design architecture of the new PS3 system, from the main semiconductors and power supply unit to the cooling mechanism, has been completely redesigned, achieving a much slimmer and lighter body.  Compared to the very first PS3 model with 60GB HDD, the internal volume as well as its thickness and weight are trimmed down to approximately two-thirds.  Furthermore, power consumption is also cut to two-thirds, helping to reduce fan noise.  While inheriting the sleek curved body design of the original model, the form factor of the new PS3 system features a new meticulous design with textured surface finish, giving an all new impression and a casual look.  With the compact body and casual appearance, the newly introduced model will appeal to a wider audience who are looking to buy the best entertainment system for their home.

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The new PS3 continues to offer the cutting-edge features and functions of the current models, such as the ability to enjoy high-definition Blu-ray disc (BD) movies and games, as well as various content and services downloadable through the network.  The new PS3’s storage size has increased from 80GB to 120GB, and with the extra capacity users will be able to store more games, music, photos, videos as well as various content and services available through PlayStation Network.  Having more than 27 million registered accounts around the world, PlayStation Network offers more than 15,000 pieces of digital content, ranging from game titles, trailers, and demos to more than 15,000 movies and TV shows via PlayStation Store.  PlayStation Network members can also download free applications, such as PlayStation Home, a ground-breaking 3D social gaming community available on PS3 that allows users to interact, communicate and share gaming experiences, as well as Life with PlayStation, which offers users various news and information on a TV monitor in the living room by connecting the PS3 to the network.

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~ by consolecreatures on August 18, 2009.

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