New Sony PS3 lands: But where is the PS4?
There’s a new PlayStation out today, but don’t get your hopes up too much: it isn’t the fabled next-gen PlayStation 4. Instead, Sony used its press conference at the annual Tokyo Games Show to reveal a smaller, cheaper, new PS3 – and it’s going on sale next week.
The new third generation PlayStation 3 still plays all the same games as its predecessors, but it’s bringing back the shiny, curved stylings of the original 2006 PS3, in a much smaller chassis. The new PS3 is almost half the size and weight of the original, and 20 percent smaller and 205 percent lighter than the current model. It also foregoes the slot-loading disc drive: instead, you open a lid on the top to put games and Blu-ray discs in.
The new PS3 is out on 28 September in the UK: a model with a 500GB hard drive and FIFA 13 included will cost £299.99 while a new, cheaper version with 12GB of flash memory will debut for £229.99. That’s not much storage, but you can add a hard drive if you feel the need.
What’s more interesting is what a new PS3 means for the PS4. On the one hand, it might mean an announcement is still as far off as ever, but on the other, Sony’s been known to keep refining its older models whilst shipping a new one: the Sony shrunk down the PlayStation 2 a year after the PS3 went on sale, for instance.
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