Sony to release new smaller and lighter PS3, specs detailed

10:05 PM, Sep 18, 2012   |    comments
Sony's PlayStation 3 (CECH-4000 series) video game console.
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Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today announced the new PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system (body color: charcoal black / classic white), featuring a new design and a downsized form factor, will become available worldwide this holiday season.

The new PS3 will come in 3 models including extended built in Hard Disk Drive (HDD) capacity of 500GB model and 250GB model, and a newly added 12GB flash memory model. Availability of models, prices and launch dates of the new PS3 system in each region are as follows:


  • 500GB launches October 30th for $299
  • 250GB launches September 25th for $249 ($269 bundled with Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception: Game of the Year edition)

  • 500GB launches September 25th for €299
  • 12GB (Flash Memory)  launches October 12th for €229
  • 500GB launches October 30th for 29,800 Yen (tax incl.)
  • 250GB launches October 4th for 24,900 Yen (tax incl.)

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. 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.

Since the launch of PS3 in November 2006, the number of BD-based titles has reached more than 3,300 titles and downloadable PS3 games to 4,100 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 Assassin's Creed III (Ubisoft Entertainment.), Call of Duty Black Ops 2 (Activision Publishing, Inc.), Madden NFL 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.

Are you curious as to what exactly is in the box?  Check out the new PS3 unit's full stats below:

Product Outline

PlayStation 3 (CECH-4000 series)



Product name

PlayStation 3

Release date

North America: September 25th, 2012(HDD 250GB)

October 30th, 2012(HDD 500GB)

Europe: September 28th, 2012 (HDD 500GB)

October 12th , 2012 (Flash Memory 12GB)

Japan: October 4th , 2012

Recommended Retail Price

HDD 500GB model: $299/ €299/ 29980 yen (including tax)

HDD 250GB model: $249/$269 (bundle only)/24980 yen (including tax)

Flash memory 12GB model: €229

Product code

CECH-4000series (Charcoal Black / Classic White)


Cell Broadband Engine



Audio output

LPCM 7.1ch, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD, AAC.



Storage size

CECH-4000A : Flash Memory 12GB

CECH-4000B : HDD 250 GB

CECH-4000B : HDD 500GB



Hi-Speed USB

(USB 2.0)



Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T) × 1

IEEE 802.11 b/g

Bluetooth 2.0 (EDR)


Wireless Controller (Bluetooth)

AV output


1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i (for PAL 576p, 576i)

HDMI OUT connector*4


AV MULTI OUT connector


Digital out (optical) connector



drive (read only)

Maximum read rate

BD × 2 (BD-ROM)


CD × 24 (CD-ROM)


AC 220 - 240, 50/60Hz

Power consumption

Approx. 190W

External dimensions

(excluding maximum projecting part )

Approx. 290 × 60 × 230 mm (width × height × length)


Approx. 2.1kg 


PlayStation 3 system × 1

Wireless Controller (DUALSHOCK 3) × 1

AC power cord × 1

AV cable × 1

USB cable × 1


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