New PlayStation 3 Model Revealed; 25% Smaller Than Slim [Update 3]

By Ishaan . September 18, 2012 . 9:12pm

A new PlayStation 3 model is on the way, Sony announced at an ongoing pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference today. The new model will be 50% smaller than the original PlayStation 3 and 25% smaller than the Slim model.


The new PS3 model will come in Charcoal Black and Classic White colours. The Black colour will come in 250 GB and 500 GB models. Meanwhile, Europe will get a model with 12 GB of internal flash memory. Here’s the full breakdown with pricing:



250 GB Model – September 25th | $269

500 GB Model – October 10th | $299


The 250 GB Model in the U.S. will have a limited edition bundle that comes with the “Game of the Year” edition of Uncharted 3 and a credit for $30 worth of content for Dust 514. Meanwhile, the 500 GB model will have its own limited edition bundle, with Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed 3 included.



250 GB Model – October 4th | 24,900 Yen

500 GB Model – October 4th | 29,800 Yen



12 GB Flash Memory Model – October 12th | 229 Euros

500GB Model – September 28th |  299 Euros


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  • malek86

    Apparently a 12GB flash memory model is for Europe only. They must be trying to get a lower price in the territory, with all the trouble that’s going on in there.

    • TrevHead

      Maybe, but I can’t imagine Sony making much off the US atm due to the totally abysmal dollar. $-78yen (e-102, £-127) although from what I understand is that the US has no Value added Tax like the (20%) UK does

  • Playstation®3 Slim Lite?

  • ZidanReign

    Why the fuck do we need a smaller version?

    If we needed a smaller version, we would want a portable PS3.

  • 果林

    wheres my ps4 yo :o

  • Also, 10% price INCREASE for Americans. Whatever Sony’s smoking, I want it.

  • Brian Tran

    Still keepin’ my phat PS3.

    That glossy finish and heat-sensitive buttons~

  • drproton

    I really want that Miku skin on the stream.

  • Alex Cattaneo

    Omg sony. prices increases wtf!

    • drproton

       They aren’t discontinuing the cheaper models; it’s just that the new model is more expensive.

  • Nemesis_Dawn

    Huge mistake for Sony to not try to seriously undercut the Wii U, price-wise.

  • sunK1D

    Sony, what a mess…

    A price increase? that’s Beyond! ridiculous…

    • Gyro Zeppeli

      The 250GB model is only $19 more than the current 160GB PS3 Slim, I don’t see the problem here???

      • sunK1D

        You seriously think the internals of the new PS3 didn’t change/become cheaper to manufacture? Basically Sony redesigned a console just for kicks cause they got cash to throw around? the HDD increase didn’t cost them a dime…

  • sunK1D


  • sunK1D

    @ drproton – Are you that naive? Why go through a R&D cycle to create something that will COST MORE?

    • drproton

       See: PSP Go

      • sunK1D

        That only solidifies Sony increasingly stupidity.

        I don’t see any improvements on the new slim to warrant a price increase, if anything it looks even cheaper. And is that a top loader? just lol…

        • drproton

           You seem to be implying that price has much more to do with cost than it actually does.

        • Luna Kazemaru

          You and @facebook-100001994017630:disqus  are so lulz worthy of fail.

          • sunK1D

            “lulz worthy of fail”

            “Scratches head” kids these days.

          • Luna Kazemaru

             if you don’t…Nvm yeah the kids theses days comment fits you well.

      • Ah yes, the Go flopped pretty hard didn’t it. Let’s repeat that!


    • You are paying $20 for 90GB more space, a brand new game, and a bunch of content. Idk whats wrong with that?

  • Godmars

    Now just have to wait till Black Friday for a discounted 320GB regular slim.  

  • TrevHead

    lol what use is 12GB? I actually thought it was a typo when I saw it on another site.

    I thought the point of top loaders was to bring the costs down to sell it for less

    • drproton

      It’s plenty of room for all your saves and media apps.

      But I’m not sure you could even play MGS4 with that amount of space.

      • Probably could.. barely. the MGS4 game install was around 9GB.. take away a little because of the base 10 instead of base 2 designation for hard drives, and a little bit for system resources.. you still might be able to install MGS4.. a 16 GB would have been an amazing edition especially if they priced it at $200.. That would have helped move so many systems.

    • Peace Legacy

       The 12 GB is for people who want to install their own HDD

  • The 250GB is including Uncharted 3: Game of the Year Edition, Dust 514 with $30+ DLC, and a Dualshock 3 wireless controller. The 500GB is a limited edition bundle with Assassin’s Creed III, Dualshock 3 wireless controller, and a free 30 day PS Plus voucher.

  • MrRobbyM

    I really want to see better pics of the new model but so far I don’t think I like the matte + glossy edges. 25% smaller than the already small slim is pretty nice but aesthetically, not a fan.

  • A shame they’ll never add b/c to these models because they just wanna resell you these games via PS2 classics and HD collections. I gotta stick with my phat because I’ve got PS2 games and I’m not gonna go out and buy a PS2. I’d like to buy a newer model but I’ll stick with this one until it explodes. Which might be soon…

  • Nitraion

    Looks like ps3 still go on

  • ruzanco

    So does this mean that we still have to wait for a few more years before PS4 comes out? Hm, but in the long run, I’m starting to think I need an upgrade since I’ve been buying a lot in the PSN XD and the constant update filling up my HD, I feel like I need an upgrade in the near future. Hm, The $500 GB would suit me best ^_^v

    • Most rumors have the PS4 coming out next fall around the launch of the next Xbox.. Sony has said that they want to beat the next xbox to launch.

  • Tomcatters79

    I will buy a japanese version, definitly the materials of that country are much better that the rest of world

    • MINT_FanFan

      Are you sure about that? Because most version of PS3 are still manufactured in China.

      • Tomcatters79

        The PS3 that selling in Japan are made in Japan, not from China. That is the difference with the rest of world.

        How i know? well, i got a PSP piano color that i buyed from Japan in PlayAsia and the material are very different with an american version

  • idofgrahf

    In retro spec, sony’s decision to make the original PS3’s hard drive fully upgradable was a bad business decision. I have no incentive to get the new ps3 ultra slim with 500gb while my fat 60 gb original ps3’s hard drive was upgraded by me to 1tb for only 120 bucks and it still plays my old ps2 games… 

  • cameron forsyth

    damn sony, you know how to make your products look sexy.

    anyway doesn’t this remind anyone of the PSP E1000, the one that was released around about when the vita came out out. although i doubt this is a sign of the next generation.

  • Learii

    what the little holes top of the ps3 for? i hope is didn’t get overheat like the silm

    • Overheat like the slim?  I keep mine on for hours upon hours and it is always cool to luke warm to the touch.

      • Hraesvelgr

        I haven’t heard about it overheating, but it definitely gets hotter than the rest of the consoles I own, including Sony’s own previous consoles.

      • Learii

        i heard some ppl complaing that the silm overheat because the fan too small for the ps3

    • Herok♞

       I don’t think Slims overheat I have accidentally left mine on for days when I went on a trip and it still worked perfectly.

  • Arrei

    I don’t get it, what’s the point of making this model now?

    • alastor3

      It’s cheaper to manufacture, therefore if they actually sell these during the holidays they’ll make profits. Consoles constantly sell, and just like the PS2, the PS3 will live a long life even after Sony has moved onto the next generation.

  • personablaze

    Ok That Price is Way to high(imo),Plus I dont want another PS3..I want PS4

  • Isaac Newton

    Sony that’s not the right way to milk the ps3!!!

  • Detrimont

    30 bucks more and you get double the memory, definitely worth it

    •  I’d rather just sell Uncharted 3 and the useless voucher

      • Detrimont

        i dont think you got what i was saying, 269=250 299=500, meaning for $30 more, you get double the amount of memory in the ps3

  • Yamaneko22

    So what happened with the supposed price drop? Sony, you haven’t learned anything this gen, didn’t you?

    • Anime10121

      It did have a price drop (for Sony, i.e. cheaper parts), just not for customers.

  • So PS3 => Slim => Flat (what’s next?) => Paper? => Micro size LOL XD

    • xqtable

      ur dick

      • xqtable


  • Monsley

    229 euros for the 12 GB version? Seriously? Over here they sell the 160 GB model for 229 euros. Hell, the 320 GB model is on sale on amazon right now, priced 215 euros!

  • pridesin

    I am bit disappointed that new slim version does not offer cheaper price (currently cheapest version is 160 GB with 250 dollar).

  • SirRichard

    I do say I like the look of the thing, but a price drop would’ve helped them have some sort of edge over the Wii U at Christmas. Still, it’s something, and they’re at least trying to make these bundles worth it.

  • $30632660

    I already own a 500 GB External Harddrive and for just 50 bucks more than your 500 GB model I can get a sexy Deluxe Black Wii U.

    I guess this is Sony trying to gather enough money to mass produce PS4s LOL

    • Luna Kazemaru

      And this is a problem how? This is a reduced cost version for them clearly what money they do make of their hardware is going to go into development of the ps4 just like most of the money from the 360 will be going in for the new xbox..Oh wait this must have been a hurr hurr look at sony comment.

      • $30632660

        Look at you, so quick to try and defend Sony when there is nothing to get defensive about.I never said it was a problem, but you seem to think that way for obvious reasons.

        And you’re trying to tell me why Sony is releasing this new model when I already know.Captain Obvious to the rescue. Hurr Hurr

        • Luna Kazemaru

          Because I’m posting some sense I’m ‘rescuing’ them? For obvious reasons? Yeah I do looking at your past post.

          • $30632660

            I’m not surprised that you didn’t understand what Captain Obvious is.Not surprising at all considering your posts.

          • Luna Kazemaru

             I’m aware of what captain Obvious is I wasn’t even replying about that so try harder ok. Trying to get My post? Oh that’s a good one.

          • $30632660

            @ValkyriaXEdge:disqus Nice Edit, I know what you said, trying to sidestep LOL

            You’re trying a little too hard.

          • Luna Kazemaru

             I edited it from saying Lolk. I’m sure you can see it it doesn’t show the edited version on the tracker so who is trying hard now?

          • $30632660

            You edited it to sidestep the fact that you had no idea what Captain Obvious was.Add to that the fact that your post has no relevancy to “Captain Obvious to the rescue”.It’s just your failed attempt at a witty response.

            You’re fooling no one with your posts.Try harder pumpkin.

          • Luna Kazemaru

            who the hell do I have to fool? My god I love it when people come at me with that bull. I didn’t sidestep anytime so if that’s what you have to believe to have great come back or whatever find by me. I didn’t know changing lolk to the rest of my post was sidestepping ‘but you seem to think that way for obvious reasons’ was what the extra bit was calling you on sorry your brain cant wrap around that lol.

            Go on back to crying about ISO ports k oh wait I just edited my post again its side stepping.

          • $30632660

            @ValkyriaXEdge:disqus Crying about ISO ports? I assume you’re talking about me not wanting to pay for an overpriced Neo Geo hardware device with its 20 or so games.

            I love when people who have no comebacks start talking about irrelavent topics.

            I’ll just call this situation that has you so upset for what it is.A Sony fanboy got upset that someone isn’t talking about their company in a positive light.

        • Obvious fanboy is obvious. Silconera is better than this.

        • Asura

           It was a stupid “Lol Sony sux” comment no matter which way you spin it. Stop being dumb by continuing the charade.

          • $30632660

            That’s just what upset Sony Fanboys thinks, no matter how you try to deny it, another man’s opinion has you upset so the Sony Defense Force tried to come out and tell everyone about it.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    back to 500$ again wow I could see if it was a ps4 but its not so ummm pass 

    • PersonaBull

       $300 for 500GB**

  • Tenno Seremel

    Approximate price in Russia +50%, I guess :S

  • Göran Isacson

    Question- who asked for this? Like, I know there must be some kind of demand, some kind of reason they’re making a new model this late in the game, but I just can’t see it.

    • Anime10121

       Its a new model that reduced costs on their end, however they wont be passing any of those savings onto the consumer until at least E3 next year.

      • Luna Kazemaru

         You’re getting 2 games with it so its not that big of a deal with the price. Hell dust will most likely be brand new by  then.

        • Anime10121

           I guess, still, I think it would have been a better move for Sony to cut the actual price of the hardware (even a $25 cut would have been nice) since they’ve reduced the cost on their end.  Plus, it would have been a good move to cut into the WiiU’s impending launch.  While Uncharted 3 is undoubtedly a good game (although not near as great as 2 was) it’s still a year old and you could get it for 20 bucks new for the bare bones version.  Dust is ftp anyway, so all you’re getting is bucks to spend on in-game stuffs.

          But regardless, it doesnt really effect me, as I already have a PS3 and am EXTREMELY glad I do, and unless bad fortune falls upon me (and my PS3 actually breaks *knocks on wood*), I wont need to buy this anyway.  I just figured it’d be much smarter for them to lower the price a tad bit too, but hey, what do I know, I’m no analyst or high paid Sony marketing guy, I’m just your average 24 yo guy who likes his vidja games ;)

          • Luna Kazemaru

             I’m willing to bet they might sell on the holiday season since its right around the corner don’t think many people will be up in arms right then well atleast the ones buying the system put out an extra 20 to 30 bucks for the new model  with some games. Add to it the deals gamestop and alot of retell places love to put on the games it seems like a good plan.

  • Kinda looks like a clamshell laptop at first glance.

    That’d actually be a good thing if that was the truth.

  • zferolie

    Why are we getting another PS3 version?

    Unless it plays PS2 games this is not worth it at all

  • Zoozbuh

    WHY DOES EUROPE GET THE CRAPPY 12GB, NOT 250GB!?! It doesn’t make any sense :S And I already have a PS3 Slim so this is irrelevant to me (and seems a little pointless anyway) :/

  • Spirit Macardi

    And what features did they strip out of this model?

    •  It no longer has an OS, now you have to do everything through DOS commands :p


    Better buy that older sleek slim model before it vanishes from shelves forever and your stuck with just the expensive fisherprice version.

  • FFmax

    Oh wow this is pretty cool, I can finally get a PS3(since our Xbox 360 died twice on us) and 500gb for only $300? That’s insane! I thought it would be more expensive than that. Now I’m really glad that we waited this long.

  • doctorpope181

    Aaannd I just barely purchased a PS3 slim less than a week ago.

    • Sardorim

       Can’t you just return it if you want the smaller one?

      • doctorpope181

        Most likely not without the packaging lol. That’s cool though, I was never a fan of the glossy look. I prefer the matte

  • xxx128

    This design just screams “failed opportunity”. Sums the company’s politics in recent years up pretty well.

  • the new PS3 has proprietary hd

    ahahahahahhah DIE SONY

  • Bhunivelze

    It looks so sexy *_*

  • Maia Kasoya

    So, what do you think happened, someone sat on my PS3, or my PS3 just lost weight?
    No, I’m just kidding.

  • brian yep

    I suddenly feel a need to cry.
    edit: assuming slim gets a drop in price, and it should or else it’ll make me sad and wanna cry anyway.

  • Tomcatters79

    I need the white version

  • Kitestwinblades

    oh… Thats SO not funny TGS…
    I just bought a PS3 320 uncharted bundle like 5 days ago XD

    Meh.. I as long as I can play games, I’m fine X3
    The design does look nice, though.

  • AceWildCard

    Model 3 Sega genesis anyone? I guess there really isn’t anything new under the sun huh :O

  • Pythia Brixham

    Wow, a new slimmer model of the PlayStation 3… So when can I buy a slim model that actually plays my PS2 game discs?

  • I hope they sell the 500GB seperate from the game.(Since I already have it)

  • and the point iiiiisss????
    i expected some hardware improvements like less heating or something, this is stupid

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