The new PlayStation 3 refresh loses a few inches and pounds.
The seventh and current generation of consoles has been around since 2005. Nintendo is ready to move on, with the Wii U set to launch at the end of this year, but Sony has other intentions: the company has announced the release of a new PlayStation 3 at this year's Tokyo Game Show.
The console refresh will be 20% smaller and 25% lighter than its predecessor, and it will come in two flavors: Charcoal Black and Classic White.
North America will get a 250GB version on September 25th for $269.99, with a "limited edition" bundle that includes a copy of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception and a $30 credit voucher for use in Dust 514. For those that are willing to wait, a 500GB version is available from October 30th for $299.99. This will also be a "limited edition" bundle, coming with a copy of Assassin's Creed 3.
PAL territories will receive a 500GB model too, but they won't get a 250GB version; instead, they'll receive a PS3 with 12GB flash memory and no hard drive. Users can upgrade this version with a hard drive if they wish, but the 12GB of memory will not be accessible afterwards if they choose to do so.
What say you, Escapists? Worth the money, or wait for next gen?