Sony Super Slim PS3 officially revealed: Hits UK stores 28 September

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ps3-slim-main.jpgSony have revealed a brand new PS3 console at the Tokyo Game Show, far slimmer than either of its two predecessors.

Measuring 290 × 60 × 230 mm and weighing 2.1kg, it’s 25% smaller and 20% lighter than even the current slim PlayStation 3 games console.ps3-slim-super.jpgAvaialble in black or white, the new console features a sliding disc cover, but only appears to be able to sit vertically with an extra supporting stand.

Two different models will be available; a 500GB HDD version launching on September 28, and a 12GB Flash storage version launching on October 12.The 500GB (bundled with FIFA 13) will cost €299.99, while the standalone 12GB version will cost €229.99.ps3-slim-4.jpgAn impressive array of AAA titles have also been added to a new budget PS3 Essentials range, costing €19.99 in shops, with some available to download for €14.99. They’ll launch alongside the new console.

So what does this mean for the forthcoming PlayStation 4? With it yet to be announced, perhaps it suggests that Sony see more like in the old PS3 dog yet. Those holding their breath for a PS4 announcement in the coming months may want to intake a little more air; you could have a fair old wait ahead of you.ps3-slim-3.jpg
Full specs follow!

PlayStation (CECH-4000 series)
– Product name – PlayStation 3
– Release date – UK: September 28th, 2012 (HDD 500GB), October 12th , 2012 (Flash Memory 12GB)
– 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 12GB, CECH-4000B: HDD 500GB1
– Inputs/Outputs – USB 2.0
– 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/CD drive (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 × 1, Wireless Controller (DualShock 3) × 1, AC power cord × 1, AV cable × 1, USB cable × 1

Gerald Lynch