For those of you still waiting for a more affordable Playstation 3, this is as good as it gets. Just in time for Christmas, Sony announced that a new even slimmer and lighter PS3 model is coming.
The new PS3 debuted at the Tokyo Game Show. It looks similar to the original fat console but is 20 percent smaller and 25 percent lighter than the current slim model.
This new console will also turn a profit for Sony as they continue to cut material costs.The new slimmer model will not use a disc-loading slot. Instead, it will operate using a disc tray. The only two front-facing USB ports are still there. Obviously there is no backward compatibility. Sony’s engineers have tried to not make the plastic look or feel too cheap either.
Sony will release the new system in two separate bundles. The first goes on sale September 25th for $270, which will include a 250GB hard drive and will include a copy of Uncharted 3 along with DLC for the game Dust 514. The second bundle hits the store shelves on October 30 with a price tag of $300, this will have a gigantic 500GB hard drive and a copy of Assassin’s Creed III. Not too bad, but I would have preferred Sony not include any game at all and lower the price even more, especially with Nintendo’s Wii U only 2 months away, now is the time for Sony to get more PS3’s in consumer hands. It will still be less expensive than a new Wii U.