At a press conference on the eve of the Tokyo Game Show, Sony unveiled a redesigned, “super slim” version of its PlayStation 3 console. Sony says the new PS3 is 25 percent smaller and 20 percent lighter than the current PS3 (introduced in 2009), which itself is a slimmed down version of the original PS3.
It’s not really clear why Sony felt the need to shrink the PS3 even more than it already had. A next-gen console, likely to be called the PlayStation 4, is expected from Sony in late 2013. Perhaps that timetable has been pushed back and Sony felt the need to refresh its current product line. If it hasn’t, why would the company even bother unveiling a redesigned PS3 that will have such a limited shelf-life?
The new, super slim PS3 isn’t even cheaper than the current, regular slim PS3. In the U.S., the super slim PS3 will sell for $269 for the model with a 250 GB hard drive and $299 for the model with a 500 GB hard drive. Both models will come bundled with Uncharted 3: Game of the Year Edition. It’s not a bad deal by any means, but is it enough to entice anyone who doesn’t already own a PS3 to finally take the plunge? That seems unlikely.
The 250 GB model will hit stores on September 25 and the 500 GB model will follow on October 30. Both will come in black, but the 500 GB model will also come in white.