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New PS3 Announced; Lighter and Smaller Playstation 3

Posted By: Staff
Thu, 09/20/2012 - 12:40
Press Release

Tokyo, September 19, 2012 – Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today announced the new PlayStation®3(PS3®) computer entertainment system, featuring a new design and a downsized form factor, will become available in the UK on September 28th and October 12th. The new PS3 will come in two models, a 500GB Hard Disk Drive (HDD) version (launching September 28th), and a newly added 12GB flash memory model (launching October 12th).

Completely  redesigning the internal design architecture,  the internal volume and weight of the new PS3 is reduced by more than half compared to the very first PS3 model with a 60GB HDD, and by 20 % and 25% respectively compared to the current PS3. By adopting a sliding disk cover, the new PS3 continues with the characteristic sleek curved simple body design, which fits various places in the home and enables users to enjoy an array of entertainment content.

With the extra HDD capacity which has been extended from 320GB and 160GB, users can store and enjoy more and more entertainment content including games, music, photos, and video on the new PS3.  In addition, the new PS3 with 12GB flash memory offers opportunities to experience the world of PlayStation® at an affordable price point.  Users can also expand the storage capacity of the new PS3 with 12GB flash memory by connecting a dedicated HDD (250GB) to be released concurrently with the new PS3*1.  In addition, a variety of accessories will be introduced by SCE to meet various kinds of needs from users including a vertical stand that offers more flexibility in how the new PS3 can be displayed*2.

Since the launch of PS3 in November 2006, the number of Blu-ray based titles has reached more than 3,300 titles and downloadable PS3 games to 4,100*3 titles worldwide, with the support from a broad range of third party developers and publishers.  In addition to this extensive software title line-up, exciting and attractive new titles are to be released from third party developers and publishers as well as SCE Worldwide Studios, including Call of Duty Black Ops 2 (Activision Publishing, Inc.), Assassin’s Creed III (Ubisoft Entertainment.), FIFA 13(Electronic Arts Inc. ), PlayStation® All-Stars Battle Royale, LittleBigPlanet Karting, God of War: Ascension (Sony Computer Entertainment), and more.

SCE will further accelerate the expansion of the PS3 platform which is in the 7th year of its lifecycle, by continually releasing a vast library of exciting and attractive software titles and offering users a choice from a variety of hardware models.

*1  When using dedicated HDD, flash memory cannot be used as inner storage
*2  Users will need to use the separately sold “Vertical Stand” to set the new PS3 in vertical position. 
*3  Includes PS one® classics and free of charge content (downloadable demos).

Product Outline
PlayStation®3 (CECH-4000 series)

Product name
PlayStation ® 3
Release dateUK: September  28th, 2012 (HDD 500GB) October 12th , 2012  (Flash Memory 12GB)
Product codeCECH-4000series  (Charcoal Black / Classic White)
CPUCell Broadband Engineâ„¢
Audio outputLPCM 7.1ch, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD, AAC.
Memory256MB XDR Main RAM, 256MB GDDR3 VRAM
Storage sizeCECH-4000A :  Flash Memory 12GB
CECH-4000B :  HDD 500GB*1
Inputs/ Outputs*2Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0)2
NetworkingEthernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T) × 1
IEEE 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth ® 2.0 (EDR)
ControllerWireless Controller ?Bluetooth ®?
AV outputResolution1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i (for PAL 576p, 576i)
HDMI OUT connector*31
AV MULTI OUT connector1
Digital out (optical) connector1
drive (read only)
Maximum read rateBD × 2 (BD-ROM)
CD × 24 (CD-ROM)
PowerAC 220 – 240, 50/60Hz*4
Power consumptionApprox. 190W
External dimensions
(excluding maximum projecting part )
Approx. 290 × 60 × 230 mm (width × height × length)
MassApprox. 2.1kg *5
Included *6PlayStation®3 system × 1
Wireless Controller (DUALSHOCK®3) × 1
AC power cord × 1
AV cable × 1
USB cable × 1

*1    Hard disk capacity calculated using base 10 mathematics (1 GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes). System software versions 1.10 and later calculate capacity using binary mathematics (1 GB = 1,073,741,824 bytes), which will display lower capacity and free space. A portion of hard disk capacity is reserved for system administration, which varies depending upon system software version, and is not available for use.
*2    Usability of all connected devices is not guaranteed.
*3    "Deep Colour" and "x.v.Colour (xvYCC)" defined by HDMI ver.1.3a are supported.
*4    Power changes depending on countries or regions.
*5    PS3 with flash memory 12GB weights approximately 2.0kg
*6    For certain regions, Euro-AV cable will be included.
Note: This product is not compatible with PlayStation®2 games.

Vertical Stand (CECH-ZST1J)

Product name
Vertical Stand
Release DateUK:                    September  28th, 2012
Recommended Retail PriceUK:               TBC
Product codeCECH-ZST1
IncludedVertical Stand ?CECH-ZST1? × 1
External dimensionApprox. 120 mm x 17.5 mm  (diameter × height (thickest part)
MassApprox. 200g
SupportsCECH-4000 series
* The “Vertical Stand” is for the new PS3 system (CECH-4000 series) and cannot be used on the current model.
Dedicated HDD(250GB) for PlayStation®3 (with attachment)  (CECH-ZHD1)

Product name
Dedicated HDD (250GB) for PlayStation®3 (with attachment)
Release dateOctober 12th, 2012
Recommended Retail PriceUK: TBC
Product codeCECH-ZHD1
IncludedHDD 250GB ?CECH-ZS1? × 1
External dimensionApprox. 88 mm x 18 mm x 260 mm (width × height × length)
MassApprox. 115g

* The “Dedicated HDD(250GB) for PlayStation®3 ” is for the new PS3 system (CECH-4000A) and cannot be used on the other models.

About Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
Recognized as the global leader and company responsible for the progression of consumer-based computer entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) manufactures, distributes, develop and markets the PlayStation®2 (PS2®) computer entertainment system, the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system, the PlayStation®3 (PS3®) computer entertainment system and the PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita) portable entertainment system.  SCEI has revolutionized home entertainment since they launched PlayStation in 1994. PS2® further enhances the PlayStation legacy as the core of home networked entertainment.  PSP® is a handheld entertainment system that allows users to enjoy 3D games with high-quality full-motion video and high-fidelity stereo audio.  PS3® is an advanced computer system, incorporating the powerful Cell Broadband Engine and RSX processors.  PS Vita is an ultimate portable entertainment system that offers a revolutionary combination of rich gaming and social connectivity within a real world context.  SCEI also delivers the PlayStation® experience to open operating systems through PlayStation®Mobile, a cross device platform.  Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, SCEI, along with its affiliated companies, Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC., and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd., and its division companies, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan and Sony Computer Entertainment Asia develops, publishes, markets and distributes hardware and software, and manages the third party licensing programs for these platforms in the respective markets worldwide