PlayStation 3 super slim announced - Gematsu
PlayStation 3 super slim announced
posted on 09.19.12 at 12:18 AM EST by (@salromano)
500 gigabyte and 250 gigabyte models available soon.

Sony has confirmed the PlayStation 3 super slim during its Tokyo Game Show press conference this morning.

Boasting a ‘complete redesign’ of the internal architecture, the internal volume and weight of the new design has been reduced by more than half compared to the 60 gigabyte PlayStation 3 model, and by 20 and 25 percent compared to the current model. It also uses a new sliding disc cover.

The console will come in both “Charcoal Black” and “Classic White.” (The latter may be Japan-only.) Find its release schedule below:

North America

  • 500GB – $299 – October 30
  • 250B – $269 (bundle only) – September 25

Europe / PAL

  • 500GBB – 299 euros – September 28
  • 12GB Flash Memory – 229 euros – October 12 – consumers who purchase this option can increase the storage space of their console with a dedicated 250GB hard-drive attachment for 89 euros.


  • 500GB – 29,800 yen – October 4
  • 250GB – 24,900 yen – October 4

View images of the hardware at the gallery.

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  • Brokrone

    I’ll wait for 4 and 720 instead 

  • Kougeru

    Yeah…I’d rather get a Wii U lol

    • KingOptimusOrigins111

      Booooooooo this is a PS3 article get out. Just playing, I probably get the Wii U when the price comes down. Its just not worth paying $300 – $350 for it.

    • AdamBoy64

      Well, if you already had a PS3 – and you were then choosing between a brand new system or one you already owned – I’d think it would be a pretty easy choice.

  • Official shots added.

    • Gaara D.Dragon

      only EU getting flash memory, is this confirmed ?

      • DrForbidden

        Kotaku just reported it is for Europe and Australasia.You can slot in your own HDD but that will render the 12GB flash unusable.

  • i Will Not Buy Any Ps3 whatever they Doing.

    “it’s Enough”

  • Lee

    “Classic White?” Huh? When did they release a console that was white by default?

    • fallen

      Good point… maybe it’ll be PS1 gray? That could be pretty nice. Or they could just be referring to the PSone.

  • DrForbidden

    Wait, only Europe gets flash memory?

  • PrinceHeir

    i should have waited for Uncharted 3 game of the year edition instead of a 2nd copy!!!!!!

    it’s a shame it won’t include all of the new DLC that was released.

    i would pay $60+ if it had everything that was in store from today.

    still the new PS3 slim ehh i don’t like it for some reason.

    i love the original slim more, maybe because of those bar things??

    • I don’t really like the new look either. It looks like they combined the PS3 with Ruffles Potato Chips or something.

      • PrinceHeir

        yup2 XD

        damn chips :D

  • DrForbidden

    Anyone know if this model will completely replace the current slim models? Or will they exist side-by-side?

    • Dean Winchester

      Looks like the other slims are being phased out in favor of this one.

  • Revorse

    Okay. It’s not a bad idea, but did they really need to make another model? Maybe they’re trying to make making it cheaper. And by sliding disc cover you mean like, I slide something away, plop the disc in and slide back?

  • EspadaKiller

    TBH it looks nice. And looking it in real life will probably be much better. Just like the PS3 slim.

  • Gaara D.Dragon

    It looks nice but I’m not crazy about it. Already have a PS3 and I have no reason to replace it.

    • Dean Winchester

      Then this PS3 isnt for you.

      This model is obviously for people who dont have one yet as all new ps3’s are meant.

      Of course some will replace broken ones. Some might replace working ones. Some will purchase this in addition to the one they have or in my case in addition to the 2 I have. 1 downstairs, 1 upstairs and one in the playroom for the kid.

      I know MS has trained gamers this gen that a redesigned console or even a slight revision in the chipset constitutes reason enough to replace your old faulty box for a new one but Sony typically makes a dependable machine so I have a hard time understanding the “I wont buy this b/c I dont need to replace my system” crowd.

      Replacing a working system is not why this “super slim” was made so why make the statement as if you are bucking a trend or going against societal norms?

  • KingOptimusOrigins111

    And some of yall thought it was ugly lol!!!

    •  It is… looks like a grill designed by Frito Lay.

      • KingOptimusOrigins111

        No it don’t, may trade in my PS3 Slim to get this sexy PS3.

  • fallen

    Yessss Sonyyyy… Keep restructuring those internal architectures… Keep lowering the price… and one day, my poor ass will be able to afford one… Yessssss!

    PS: While you’re at it – next time, borrow the pop-up lid design from the PS1 and PS2 slim.

  • Learii

    just 1question what these litttle holes on top of  the ps3 for?

  • AdamBoy64

    I think it looks a lot nicer than the PS3 slim – but not as nice as the original PS3.

    It’s neat that PAL regions get a Flash Memory option. Though not sure why that’s not available in all regions.

  • Still just 2 USB ports? Lame.

    • DrForbidden

      I’m curious why you need more. It would be nice to have 3 usb ports, but my Xbox comes with 5 or 6 that I have absolutely no use for.

      • Dean Winchester

        I’m going to use your typical response here:

        1. Just b/c you have 5/6 usb ports you dont use doesnt mean others dont need them.

        2. When did MS start providing 5 or 6 USB ports on their machine?
        Last dead 360 I had which was my 6th or 7th one, kinda lost count after awhile….it had a usb on back which my $100 wifi adapter used and two usb ports on the front behind that ridiculous plastic flap. Outside of charging a controller they were useless.

        Now, to answer your question as to why one would need more than 2 ports on the PS3:
        In my case I keep a charge cable plugged in at all times as me, my wife and my kid all have our own controllers. From random recharges to sometimes having to resync the controller I leave it plugged in.

        I also leave the the usb adapter for my kids Skylanders portal plugged in at all times as its very small and annoying to take in and out every other day.

        I also leave the PS Eye plugged in at all times.

        Lastly, I keep my wireless surround sound sony headphones usb adapter plugged in as well.

        That is 4 ports in use all the time on my PS3 and I have other devices I cycle in and out from my Mortal Kombat usb arcade sticks, my hot shot rifle, and my external HDD full of movies and shows that I frequently use. When I break those out I unplug something else.

        I have a slim and lasted 2 days before bying a Nyko adapter to turn the paltry two ports into 4.

        Obviously mine is a personal experience but I am sure there are many more like me who use lots of USB devices.

        • DrForbidden

          Ah, excellent points. I suppose if you have that many peripherals, it would make sense to have more usb ports. The only peripheral I use on my PS3 on a regular basis besides the charging cable is my Hori fighting stick.

          As for the X360, mine has 3 in the back and 2 in front behind the flap. I don’t even use them for charging controllers since I use rechargeable AA batteries. They’re only good for transferring stuff on a thumbdrive, or on occasion I actually use them to charge my PSP if I know I am going to be playing on my Xbox for some time. The irony…

  • So how do you put the disc in? Does the top open up like on the PS2 slim? Or maybe is slides to the side to reveal the tray.

  • MosquitoLemon

    All I want to know is if this means the price of the regular slim will come down. If so, then good on me for holding out on buying one until after TGS.

  • MrKappa

    Not a bad deal for that 500GB version.

  • FaithlessMr

    Looks sexy! But I hope my 80Gb phat model keeps working for years to come, the only way I see myself getting one of these would be to replace my current 80gb phat model anyway.

  • Dean Winchester

    There needs to be a correction:

    The 250gb model releasing in NA on 9/25/12 is a bundle only option for now and will be priced at $269.99.

    It comes with Uncharted 3 and a $30 voucher for Dust 514 content.

    Also a not about the EUR 12gb Flash memory model: you can buy a proprietary 2.5″ SATA HDD bracket and then insert any size HDD you want or you can buy the 250GB Sony branded HDD that appears to be sold separately.

  • still not freakin silver..damnit!