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TGS 2012: PlayStation 3 “Super Slim” dated, priced

Wednesday, 19th September 2012 05:03 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Sony droppedthe flag on Tokyo Game Show season this week, confirming a long-tailed rumour of a new PlayStation 3 model.

New PlayStation 3 Slim

PS3 “Super slim” at a glance

50% smaller and lighter than original PS3. 25% smaller and lighter than current Slim. Prices remain static but available memory is increased.

Japan:
Classic White 250GB – October 4 – ¥24,980
Charcoal Black 250GB – October 4 – ¥24,980
Charcoal Black 500GB – October 4 – ¥29,980

US
Black 250GB – September 25 – $270
(with Uncharted 3, $30 of DUST 514 content)
Black 500GB – October 30 – $300
(with Assassin’s Creed 3)

Europe
Black 12GB – September 28 – €230
(optional mount for external SATA drive, or can be upgraded with 250GB HDD)
Black 500GB – September 28 – €300
(with FIFA 13)

Australia
Black 12GB – September 27 – AU$300
Black 500GB – September 27 – AU$400

New Zealand
Black 12GB – October 18 – NZ$400
Black 500GB – September 27 – NZ$520

As is pretty typical when you have to herd confused journalists into small spaces, the conference kicked off a few minutes late. SCEJ president Hiroshi Kawano took the stage to greet guests, before handing off to SCE worldwide president Andrew House. The first order of business was the long-rumoured PlayStation 3 “super slim” as I’ve unofficially dubbed it.

House said the new model is half the size of the original “fat” PS3; it’s about a quarter lighter than the current Slim.

The new console model will be available as soon as this month. The price of the Super Slim remains the same as existing models, but available HDD space is increased. A 500GB model replaces the existing 320 GB in the same price bracket, with a 250GB model doing the same for the 160GB. A 12GB black model with optional mount for an external SSD, or upgradable with 250GB Sony HDD, is apparently coming only to Europe.

In Japan, both consoles drop on October 4. The 500GB model comes only in black and goes for ¥29,980. The 250GB model comes in Charcoal Black and Classic White for ¥24,980.

In the US, only the black model will be released, and apparently only as a bundle; the 250GB model arrives on September 25 for $270, bundled with Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception – Game of the Year Edition. It includes all DLC and some bonus features for Naughty Dog’s epic; the package also includes $30 worth of DUST 514 DLC.

In Europe, again, only the black model will be released, but in a slightly weirder fashion. The 500GB model will cost €299 in a bundle with FIFA 13 come September 28. That’s straight forward enough, but rather than opt for a 250GB bundle, Europe will receive a 12GB version. Owners cna then purchase a mount to attach an external SSD, or upgrade via an official PlayStation 250GB HDD.

PS3, PSP and Vita

Everything else

PlayStation Mobile launches October 3.

Sharp and Fujitsu onboard PlayStation Mobile.

PS Plus arrives on Vita in November. No additional cost to current members.

Japan will receive new colour variants of the PSP along with a price cut.

The Vita will also appear in two new colours in Japan come November 15 – Cosmic Red and Sapphire Blue.

Soul Sacrifice delayed into northern spring 2013, with a demo due during the holiday season.

Marvellous has three Vita games in the works; Valhalla Knights 3, Shinovi Versus and Oboromuramasa.

Toukiden is a new Vita game from Omega Force.

God Eater 2 may support Ad Hoc Cross Play between the PSP and Vita.

The rest of the presentation was a sort of random attack on news for all three curent Sony consoles. Moving onto the Vita first, House said PlayStation Mobile will kick off formally on October 3, with Sharp and Fujitsu joining a list of manufacturers certified for the platform.

House re-confirmed that PS Plus is coming to Vita, from November. It won’t cost you any extra if you’ve already joined for the PS3 – $50 per year. He also briefly mentioned the Gaikai acquisition, noting that Sony is powering ahead with cloud services, but said Sony can’t make any announcements yet.

Showing a long reel of Vita and PlayStation 3 games – many of which have not been confirmed for the west – Sony celebrated the upcoming 15th anniversary of Hot Shots (Everybody’s) Golf, which will spawn a special bundle.

Lots of third-party games were highlighted by the sizzle reel, including Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, which is unusually getting a Japanese sim-ship alongside the international launch in November. Another surprise Japanese launch is Rocksmith.

Sony then began talking about Wonderbook so I tuned out a little. When I surfaced again, Kawano was pimping the Sony Entertainment Network, which includes the PSN along with Music Unlimited and is available on a wide variety of Sony devices (including TVs). He also mentioned a couple of services like Torne and Hulu, none of which have anything to do with games nor seemed to produce any actual news beyond a Japan-only TV recording device.

Moving on, SCEJ paused to pay tribute to the PSP, which stayed vital in Japan long after we mostly forgot about it elsewhere in the world. A new range of colours is on the way, as are a number of new games; we’re not likely to see either. The handheld is getting a price cut in Japan, too.

The console’s big brother, the Vita, returned to the spotlight. Kawano highlighted Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F as a marked success for the system, and introduced Samurai & Dragons. It’s a free-to-play title from Sega announced late last year.

PSOne Classics were passed over briefly, before Kawano moved onto Cross features, showing off how the Vita can be used like a PS3 controller for LittleBigPlanet 2 (Cross Controller); how you can share saves between the two devices in Sound Shapes (Cross Save); and how multiplayer can work between both consoles in PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale (Cross Play).

Oh and hello, what’s this? Japan’s getting two new Vita colours – Sapphire Blue and Cosmic Red. Both seem to be slightly transparent; backlit, they appeared kind of warmly pastel if that makes sense, but this photo shows them looking fairly boldly coloured. They arrive on November 15 – in Japan.

It looks like the Vita’s getting keen on entertainment services; we saw a Nico Nico app and a comic viewer. After showing off a couple of likely Japan-only releases through the presentation, SCEJ began talking to the western gaming fans in its audiences, showing off Call of Duty: Black Ops – Declassified.

Keiji Inafune took the stage next to talk about Soul Sacrifice. The RPG has been delayed to northern spring 2013 for polishing, but there’ll be a demo over the next few months.

I saw a little gameplay footage through Sony’s disappointingly murky off-screen feed (well really, in this day and age) and it sure looked like an action RPG. Some of the monster designs were amazing – a huge sea monster with a human face – and also flipping enormous. It ticked a lot of my boxes.

Valhalla Knights 3 was the next title on show; the first two games released on PSP, and another turned up on Wii. The franchise has been quiet since 2009 but Marvellous is bringing it back for Vita after starting out on PSP. The developer made a fuss about adding more boobs this time.

Marvellous is also working on Shinobi Versus – well, the slide and logo said Shinovi but I’m almost certain that’s a romaji error. It’s due in Japan in late February. It’s got another one coming too – Oboromuramasa, which arrives at the end of March, and also began as a PSP game. Marvellous showed only still logos for both of these, unfortunately.

Hilariously, when Tecmo Koei took the stage, the microphone had stopped working. Everybody knew what was coming anyway; a Vita game from the Warriors team, Omega Force. It’s called Toukiden, and it’s due in 2013 on both PSP and Vita, which is weird.

Namco Bandai then showed off a new Gundam game for Vita and PS3, apparently, but Sony politely pointed the camera at the wall during this bit. The screens which followed showed a third-person action effort with an emphasis on destruction which, if the franchise’s history is anything to go by, we will never see outside Japan.

Gods Eater 2, which was revealed as a Vita and PSP release in Famitsu this week, was up next. Interestingly, it looks like it might support Ad Hoc multiplayer between the two systems, a thing I did not even realise was possible.

The rest of the Vita’s substantial upcoming third-party slate was mercifully passed over with a page of logos. Kawano hyped the crowded release schedule along with PSOne Classics, presumably as a remedy to Vita’s “where are the games” criticism.

Speaking of, Sony re-iterated its Tokyo Game Show lineup, including 15 PlayStation Mobile titles, and particularly noting the much anticipated Soul Sacrifice.

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  1. SlayerGT

    So no PS3 price drop yet. Imo I don’t think it needs it.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Ali

    The crazier the rumor is, the more likely it is true.

    I mean nobody saw that coming…

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Dragon246

    @1,
    Just got message from sony the cheaper 12gb version will release soon. I hope its near wiiu launch.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. loveaya

    PSV is gonna die

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Patrick Garratt

    Pretty glad we didn’t send someone to TGS, to be honest.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Dragon246

    Really amazed on how biggest japanese brands are not on vita. Sony wins them over using sheer money power ( I guess). Why dont they force capcom to make a MH for vita. Beats me.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Ali

    @5 Yeah I don’t think that was enough to convince me to get a PSV or the need to buy any of what Sony showed. Looks like all the efforts/resources are shifted to their next gen profile.

    The only game from Sony’s major franchises that I can see getting worked on for the PS3 is inFamous 3. It just makes more sense for their Uncharted 4, Killzone 4, God of War 4 and even Resistance 4 to show up on the PS4.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Erthazus

    Gosh, look at that model. It’s a portable device already, not a console.

    We need Next Generation. We really need one.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Erthazus

    Also, so much hardware, but so little software.

    Sony really need to get out of the gaming industry. These days they are not doing really well in my opinion. Their last good effort was 2009 and maybe 2010.

    or they should do it iright, you know, with next gen.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. DrDamn

    Not anywhere near cheap enough to have any significant impact. What sold the PS2 at this stage was very low pricing. They need a useable entry system at under £150. Missed opportunity.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. G1GAHURTZ

    Sony really need to get out of the gaming industry.

    Yeah, they’re practically going the way of SEGA and Atari, right?

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Dragon246

    @9,
    PS3 doesnt have games? What are you talking about?

    #12 2 years ago
  13. gomersoul

    @8 & 9. what an absolute tool you are. maybe you should get out of the gaming industry

    #13 2 years ago
  14. CyberMarco

    OPPA GUNDAM STYLE :P

    @8 I sure don’t need next gen now, well maybe for the sake of PC gaming taking the next step. ‘m getting my first PS3 next week, I could wait for another couple of years.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. woe

    You cant connect a HDD without buying the extra bracket.

    http://blog.eu.playstation.com/2012/09/19/ps3-gets-smaller-and-lighter/

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Gadzooks!

    Mandatory installs + 12Gb console = paperweight, surely?

    That is unless Gaikai streaming is closer than we thought..

    Also, PriceLOL.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. KrazyKraut

    @5 afaik most press conferences dont allow western journalists.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Dragon246

    @16,
    RROD + 60$ pa for “free” online play= ads in service for which you pay+ least exclusives(and samey too)= worthless, surely?

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Gadzooks!

    #18

    Shut up you fucking sycophant.

    What the fuck are you going to do with a console that can only hold a couple of games? Go through an hours-long process of installing and patching each time you swap games?

    Its a worthless device. They tried to copy MS with an ‘arcade’ model but forgot that the PS3s crippled architecture makes it largely unable to support playing straight from a game disc.

    Oh, and you get retard of the week award for using a 6 year old meme.

    ‘but… but… erm, the RROD, amaright?’

    /golfclap

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Froseidon

    @18 – LOL RROD doesn’t affect the slim model. Money goes back into improving the xbox live service. Argument invalid.

    Sony would have surely been better keeping their older consoles, seeing as we are kinda nearing the end of this generation.

    12gb is crap as well. Xbox slim is 250gb for like £200. 12gb for £185 seems hardly worth it.

    This business decision is about as odd as Bayonetta 2 being a WiiU exclusive. I’m sorry, but this is not Sony’s finest moment. They had a respectable console and just crushed it in my opinion.

    Edit: @19, swearing at him is a bit harsh isn’t it?

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Gadzooks!

    #19 and #18

    Yeah, not sure where that came from. Could have been the spicy burrito I had for lunch. Apologies.

    Still, #18 was a deeply retarded comment.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Froseidon

    @21 – It was the generic xbox hater comment and admittedly, those type of comments annoy me too. Both Xbox 360 and PS3 are good consoles with their positives and weaknesses, I don’t see why people don’t see the strengths in the console they hate / don’t have :P

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Dragon246

    @19,
    Angry for pointing out the truth?
    “Go through an hours-long process of installing and patching each time you swap games?”
    Xbot nerd rage at its finest. Never took me hours.
    Go play your witcher and collect sex cards. Say hi to triss for me.
    @20,
    RROD pointed out just for comedic effect and to incite the fanboy rage of zooks.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Gadzooks!

    #23

    “Never took me hours”

    Well thats just a flatout lie. Plenty of PS3 games can hit an hour or 2 to install and patch. I know, I went through that pain so dont give me that flannel.

    Speaking of PAIN. Fresh download and install. Go time it. You are looking at 3 to 4 hours.

    Triss says you are hung like a mouse, BTW.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Dragon246

    @24,
    You never had psplus. Dont give me that flannel.
    Tell triss that her sex cards were the worst and that she is a whore. Only suitable for xbots and of course, only available on xbox.
    Better with kinect lol (unfortunately not supported yet, patch incoming)

    #25 2 years ago
  26. OlderGamer

    I thought these SSPS3 were gonna be priced 100usd.

    Here is a thought, 2GB on board, with extrenal USB HDD suport. Maybe even market a Sony made one right next the PS3 in the store, 1TB for 50usd. Or does that make too much sense?

    If these are the prices for the new model it will little to no impact. And it won’t slow down WiiU sales. If MS/Sony can get their systems down to 100usd, maybe 150usd(with pack in/kinect/move), then maybe.

    But in order to get ps360s that low they won’t have much HDD storage. So that needs to be adressed. Like I said Extrenal HDD suport(like the WiiU has) would make a lot of sense to me.

    Oh and Dragon, I do have PSN+, and the download/install/patch times are horrible. Maybe not as bad as gad mad them out to be(lest not for all games all of the time), but they aren’t as painless as you make them out to be either. They just are what they are. Can’t pretend they don’t exsist.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Gadzooks!

    #25

    And PSN+ makes what difference?

    #27 2 years ago
  28. DrDamn

    @26 & @27
    If you have PS+ you can schedule your PS3 to turn itself on and auto download/install patches OS updates etc overnight.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Gadzooks!

    #28

    Yep, mmhmm, and if I have a 12gb system and need to uninstall one game and install another to play it I can have it automagically downloaded and patched when… Tomorrow?

    Yeah. We’re right back to paperweight.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. OlderGamer

    I have all of my electronic devices, TV, PC, game systems, etc, pluged into power surge protectors. When not in use I flip the switches(of the power strips) to off. I have cut my electric bills down by almost half.

    The reason is that almost everything uses vampire power, even when not in use. Most products use 30% of their power even when off. Once I figured that out and stared effectivly unpluging stuff when not in use, my electric bill plumeted.

    Your right Doc, and I have done that(let it down load over nite), I have done the same to xb360 and PC from time to time. Downloading WoW on my new PC was fun lol. But mostly it isn’t an issue on either PC or xb360. IMO, PS3 does way too much of that type of stuff and it does take awhile. It is just poor show if ya ask me, bad design.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Dragon246

    @28
    Makes too much sense for zooks- the resident xbot and ceo of sony haters inc.
    @OG
    360 and ps3 should be 150 but ninty is right in charging 350 for same tech? Double standards .

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Kabby

    The Japanese have fallen way behind the curve when it comes to the internet, file management, patching and operating system effectiveness. There are no signs of them catching up, frankly.

    Also, MS and Sony are loving the WiiU pricing.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. OlderGamer

    No, because Nintendo isn’t using the same tech. Like it or not Dragon Nintedos WiiU is a new system. It has a strong line up of games. It has an inovative controler that allows unique and inovative gameplay experiences. And also the WiiU doesn’t only cost 350usd. You can get one for 300usd. These SSPS3 are 270usd and 300usd.

    I can(and have) preorder a WiiU with a pack in for 350usd. You could preorder SSPS3 with a pack in for 300usd.

    If Sony was looking to undermine the WiiU launch it was going to take alot more then a system at a price point of 50usd less. a 100usd(or even 150usd) priced bare bones SSPS3 would have had an impact.

    Most consumers this holiday are going to see the WiiU as a next generation Nintendo system. They are going to see PS3 as an older current gneration system. They aren’t going to be looking at either throught hate filled or rose tinted glasses.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. Gadzooks!

    #31

    And a reply to #29 please. Come on, justify this useless model.

    You cant. DurrRROD.. but… er.. XBOT um and errr RROD again, right?

    If we’re bringing back old memes then this worthless thing truly is the ultimate ‘Delaystation’.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. DrDamn

    @30
    Turning off power to stuff overnight is the main reason I don’t use this feature of PS+ too – though as far as modern consoles are concerned they use very little power when on standby (no where even close to 30%). PS3 FAT uses 0.5% and PS3 Slim uses 0.3% for example.

    Though maybe I should. I decided I ought to finally give Uncharted 3 a good go last night. Shoved in the disc and started it up. Patch screen (2 patches) 260Mb (not sure if this was total or the first one). I have 60Mb broadband and normally get a good 30Mb/s from PSN and a bit quicker for Live. It crawled. The patch servers must be separate from the regular stuff. It was at least 1.5 hours for the download. I played Sniper Elite V2 on the 360 instead.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. OlderGamer

    “@OG
    360 and ps3 should be 150 but ninty is right in charging 350 for same tech? Double standards ”

    http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2012-09-21-ps3-super-slim-could-be-a-super-stumble

    Chris Morris argues that Sony is shooting itself in the foot by not lowering prices this holiday

    Remember when I said that I wasn’t the only one and that it wasn’t somehow a fanboy attacking Sony. I just wanted to offer proof of that.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. ManuOtaku

    I liked the previous two models of the PS3, the fatty one with the spiderman kind of logo(this is my favorite by the way), and the slim one, this one not so much, iam not a fan of the sliding disc tray, as for the price is really an strange situation because normally when you release a re-designed model, which most of the time cheapest the overall cost of the components, they can reduce its sale price, so its strange this is doesnt happening here, i wonder the main reasons, maybe they are including Gaikai in the consoles, just a guess or something new on those lines.

    #37 2 years ago