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Sony looks set to launch a 12GB super slim PS3 and a higher capacity 500GB model in time for the holiday season, according to an advert placed by Polish electronics retailer Media Expert (seen by Polygamia | TheSixthAxis).

The advert places a September 28 date on the two new models, priced at €199 (around £160) for the 12GB, and €299 (around £240) for the 500GB model.

Sony is expected to officially announce the new PS3s at the Tokyo Game Show later this month – Sony's conference will take place at 5am BST time on Wednesday September 19. Analysis

A budget priced PS3 would be a great way to help Sony shift more consoles in the wake of new competition from Wii U - set to launch November 30.

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rbevanx@ guyderman

I honestly have no idea how it will work but to me it reads "Well MS have started selling a basic console and it's selling, how about we do a similar thing"

But the reason a smaller version is released is to perhaps entice people who want it more for the other media aspects and less for gaming.
PSN+ possibly in Sony's eyes will not interest those customers in their eyes but some games do require silly amount of installs and updates, so it's gonna be interesting how Sony deal with that aspect.

I think someone buying that basic PS3 will not be a gamer like me and you guyderman but someone who will perhaps use it for renting films on their service, iplayer and maybe just one Call of Duty game etc.
Posted 17:26 on 17 September 2012
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guyderman@ rbevanx

Will you be able to use an external drive with it though for games - cus you can't on the current PS3 can you the only option is upgrading your existing HDD. If you can then that makes more sense, or if Sony realease memory cards - (although if they do thy need to be cheaper than the Vita cards are).

I can appreciate that SDD's are dearer but it seems pointless for Sony to go with this dearer option for less memory. I would've thought the aim now is to go higher and higher and entice everyone on to PSplus. Maybe it's just that I struggle understanding other people's uses for the machine.

Cheers for the clarification though!
Posted 17:21 on 17 September 2012
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rbevanx@ guyderman

But SSD costs more so that's why it's nearly as much as the HD one. Like the basic 360 one it depends what you use it for, like playing 1 or 3 games and just using it for films or whatever rather than play loads of games.

Personally I use PSN+ and games etc but you could perhaps just get an internal HD and place it in or even an external one.
Posted 17:14 on 17 September 2012
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guyderman@ rbevanx

SSD or HDD it's still gonna be full after you've installed a couple of games - it just seems totally pointless - especially for the price - maybe at £99 you may go for one as long as you can use external memory cards but for just £30 lower than one with a 320gb drive - you'd have to be bleeding nuts to even consider getting one!
Posted 17:10 on 17 September 2012
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No the article is correct but not very clear.

Poland (and a lot other euro countries) pay a lot of tax on their products as they are part of the Euro. They are paying 22% in Poland and it's SSD not HD based.

So it's about 155.22 Euros minus the polish tax and it's SSD based memory.

The article really should have stated the two versions have two very different types of memory.

155 Euros is about 123 quid so 150/160 quid in the UK perhaps sound possible.
Posted 17:01 on 17 September 2012
Bloodstorm's Avatar


has to be a typo, it HAS to mean 120gb.
Posted 15:48 on 17 September 2012
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Is 12gb correct? Sure it's not 120gb? You'd ave to do nothing but install and uninstall games with only 12gb memory! Seems totally wrong to me.
Posted 15:47 on 17 September 2012
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Why would you buy a slightly slimmer 12gb Playstation when you can buy a 320gb slim PS for a similar price?!
Posted 15:43 on 17 September 2012
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