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Wednesday, September 19, 2012
New Smaller And Lighter PlayStation 3 To Hit The Worldwide Market


Tokyo Game Show is always an exciting time for gamers everywhere and Sony has just unveiled a smaller, lighter PlayStation 3 at the show.

The new PS3 will be available in two different models, with 250GB and 500GB HDDs. A newly added 12GB flash memory model will be also initially released in Europe. It also features a smaller design - approximately 20% smaller and 25% lighter than the current PS3.


Storage size

Recommended Retail Price

Launch Date

North America

HDD 500GB

US$299

October 30th

HDD 250GB

US$269 (bundle only)

September 25th

Europe/

PAL territories

HDD 500GB

€299

September 28th

Flash Memory 12GB

€229

October 12th

Japan

HDD 500GB

29,800 Yen (including tax)

October 4th

HDD 250GB

24,900Yen (including tax)

October 4th



The launch of this new PS3 model will include additional value. The 250GB PS3 will be available on September 25th for $269.99 (MSRP) as part of a limited edition bundle featuring UNCHARTED 3: Drake's Deception: Game of the Year Edition and a voucher for more than $30 worth of bonus digital content for the DUST 514.



The winner of over 60 industry and Game of the Year awards, UNCHARTED 3: Drake?s Deception will be re-released next week in an all new Game of the Year Edition, which includes 12 new multiplayer maps, over 40 multiplayer skins, Fort Co-Op Adventure, and Shade Survival Mode.



UNCHARTED 3: Drake's Deception Game of the Year Edition will also be available as a standalone title on September 25th for $39.99 (MSRP).

The new 500GB PS3 will be available in a limited edition bundle on October 30th in conjunction with the release of Assassin's Creed III.

Sony is also offering a "Vertical Stand" is for the new PS3 system (CECH-4000 series).

PlayStation Store For PlayStation Mobile Coming On October 3

Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) also today announced that it will start to deliver dedicated content for PlayStation Mobile, delivering the world of PlayStation on open operating system-based devices, through PlayStation Store on October 3.

The service will start in nine countries including Japan, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Australia with more countries to follow. At launch, users will be able to enjoy approximately 30 new titles from a variety of genres including Adventure, Action, Puzzle, Sports, and Simulation, at a price point of between 50 yen and 850 yen (including tax), created by third party developers and publishers as well as SCE Worldwide Studios.

SCE also announced Fujitsu Limited and Sharp Corporation will join the PlayStation Certified license program.

"Fujitsu's ARROWS series smartphones and tablets feature "Usability" realized by human-centric technology, and "High Spec" represented by Japan's first quad-core CPU adopted model" said Takahiro Matsumura, Senior Vice President, Ubiquitous Business Strategy Unit, Fujitsu Limited. "We are excited to be partnering with Sony Computer Entertainment, and offer PlayStation-like gaming experiences for ARROWS users."

"We are very pleased to be able to offer exciting PlayStation-like gaming experiences through our products to the customers all around the world" said Itsuki Kouchi, Division Deputy General Manager & Marketing Department General Manager, Global Product Development Center, Communication Systems Group, Sharp Corporation. "Sharp will continue shaping its smartphone development philosophy, "Feel Logic", and one of its elements, "Feel Creation".

Furthermore, the PlayStation Mobile Developer Program which includes the official version of PlayStation Mobile SDK will become available to the development community in November. This will be rolled-out in a phased manner in 11 countries and regions including Japan, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Australia, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The PlayStation Mobile Developer Program will allow developers to distribute their content through PlayStation Store on a commercial basis and market their games to millions of dedicated gamers with PlayStation Certified devices and PlayStation Vita. The license agreement for the SDK is US$99 annually.

Sony also announced the introduction of PlayStation Vita (PS Vita) 3G/Wi-Fi model (PCH-1100 series) and Wi-Fi model (PCH-1000 series) in new "Cosmic Red" and "Cypher Blue" color. These models will become available in Japan on November 15th, 2012, at a RRP of 29,980 and 24,980 yen (including tax) respectively.

Furthermore, Sony cut the price for PSP (PlayStation Portable) portable entertainment system to be available at RRP of 13,800 yen ($175) from September 20th , 2012. The device was previously available in Japan for from 16,800 yen ($213). There is no change to the U.S. price now at about $130.

PlayStation Plus Coming On PlayStation Vita In November 2012

Sony's PlayStationPlus, the subscription service package on PlayStationNetwork, will also become available for PlayStation Vita (PS Vita) in November 2012.

By purchasing a PlayStation Plus membership on PlayStation Store, PS Vita owners will be able to play free games, receive discounts for select titles, and enjoy other benefits f the portable service. A variety of PlayStation Plus subscription options will be available in each country and region, including a 30 day plan (Japan: 500 yen, Asia: HK $38), a 90 day plan (North America: $17.99, Europe: €14.99) and a 365 day plan (Japan: 5,000 yen, Asia: HK$233, North America: $49.99, Europe: €49.99).

PlayStation 3 owners with existing PlayStation Plus memberships, as well as first time members through PS Vita, will be able to enjoy PlayStation Plus features and services on both PS3 and PS Vita systems at no extra cost.

PlayStation Plus features and services for PS Vita include:

- Members will be able to play the full versions of designated content for PS Vita available on PlayStation Store as long as membership is effective, at no extra cost.
- Members will have access to exclusive discounts on designated content for PS Vita.
- Members will automatically or manually be able to upload game save data files for compatible games to Online Game Save Storage with 1GB of space on the PlayStation Network.
- PS Vita will automatically download designated game demos and game updates, and also download system software updates. PS Vita will automatically start up to download content and will enter standby mode after the download has completed.
- PS Vita will automatically start up at a designated time to sync Trophy information with PlayStation Network servers.

PlayStation®3 (CECH-4000 series)


Product name PlayStation®3
Release date North America: September 25th, 2012(HDD 250GB) October 30th, 2012(HDD 500GB)Europe: September 28th, 2012 (HDD 500GB) October 12th , 2012 (Flash Memory 12GB)Japan: October 4th , 2012
Recommended Retail Price HDD 500GB model: $299/ €299/ 29980 yen (including tax)HDD 250GB model: $269 (bundle only) /24980 yen (including tax)Flash memory 12GB model: €229
Product code CECH-4000series (Charcoal Black / Classic White)
CPU Cell Broadband Engine
GPU RSX
Audio output LPCM 7.1ch, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD, AAC.
Memory 256MB XDR Main RAM, 256MB GDDR3 VRAM
Storage size CECH-4000A   : Flash Memory 12GBCECH-4000B   : HDD 250 GBCECH-4000B   : HDD 500GB*2
Inputs/Outputs Hi-Speed USB(USB 2.0) 2
Networking Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T) × 1
IEEE 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth® 2.0 (EDR)
Controller Wireless Controller (Bluetooth®
AV output Resolution 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i (for PAL 576p, 576i)
HDMI OUT connector 1
AV MULTI OUT connector 1
Digital out (optical) connector 1
BD/DVD/CDdrive (read only) Maximum read rate BD × 2 (BD-ROM)DVD × 8 (DVD-ROM)CD × 24 (CD-ROM)
Power AC 220 – 240, 50/60Hz
Power consumption Approx. 190W
External dimensions(excluding maximum projecting part ) Approx. 290 × 60 × 230 mm (width × height × length)
Mass Approx. 2.1kg
Included PlayStation®3 system × 1Wireless Controller (DUALSHOCK®3) × 1AC power cord × 1AV cable × 1USB cable × 1


Vertical Stand (CECH-ZST1J)


Product name Vertical Stand
Release Date

North America: September 25th, 2012

Europe: September 28th, 2012

Japan: October 4th , 2012

Recommended Retail Price

North America $14.99

Europe €14.99

Japan 1,800yen (including tax)

Product code CECH-ZST1
Included Vertical Stand (CECH-ZST1) × 1
External dimension Approx. 120mm x 17.5mm (diameter × height - thickest part)
Mass Approx. 200g
Supports CECH-4000 series


Dedicated HDD (250GB) for PlayStation®3 (with attachment) (CECH-ZHD1)


Product name Dedicated HDD(250GB) for PlayStation®3 (with attachment)
Release date October 12th, 2012
Recommended Retail Price €89.99
Product code CECH-ZHD1
Included HDD 250GB (CECH-ZS1) × 1
External dimension Approx. 88 mm x 18 mm x 260 mm (width × height × length)
Mass Approx. 115g
Supports CECH-4000A


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