‘Smaller and lighter’ PS3 confirmed for South Africa, date and price announced

Following the announcement of a new version of the PlayStation 3 during Tokyo Game Show 2012 this week, the ‘smaller and lighter’ console has been confirmed for South Africa, with date and price details announced, too.

PlayStation 3 Super Slim Console

The new 50% smaller PlayStation 3 with a 500GB hard-drive will go for a recommended retail price of R3 999.99, while the 12GB flash memory model will retail for R2 899.99. Both versions of the new ‘super slim’ PS3 will be available in South Africa from mid-October.

Will you be picking up a new PlayStation 3 this October, or are you happy with the one you’ve got? Are you in any hurry to get a PS3?

Sony unveils super slim PlayStation 3

The newest PlayStation 3 on the block. (Click to enlarge.)

(Credit: Sony Computer Entertainment America)

Sony unveiled a smaller, lighter PlayStation 3 at the Tokyo Game Show on Friday, a redesign of its aging console that sports a thinner look and larger hard drive capacities.

Two flavors of the redesigned PS3 arrive this fall in the U.S.: 250GB super slim PS3 option lands on September 25 that includes Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (game of the year edition) and downloadable content for Dust 514; a 500GB slimmer PS3 version sneaks in on October 30 and comes bundled with Assassin’s Creed III.

The new PS3 comes to the U.S. first in a 250GB Uncharted 3 bundle. Take note of the new silver stand for vertical placement. (Click to enlarge.)

(Credit: Sony Computer Entertainment America)

According to the PlayStation blog, the new PS3 design sits 20 percent smaller and 25 percent lighter than the existing model. Officially, the super slim PS3 weighs 1.1 pounds less than its predecessor and loses several inches in depth and height. Think of it as a lovechild between the previous two hardware iterations. The aesthetics appear rather low-key, with minor gloss near the edges and a ridged top panel. For the first time, the new PS3 does not use a slot-loading disc drive but instead a sliding door panel to top load discs. Another key change includes the overall power consumption, which drops from 200W to 190W.

In other territories, gamers can buy the aforementioned packages on September 28, with an additional option for a super slim PS3 that contains a 12GB flash hard drive (and room to expand via an official mounting bracket). No word if that SSD-equipped model arrives in the States, which seems unlikely as it went unmentioned by PlayStation’s U.S. arm. We also spotted a white super slim PS3 coming to Japan in late November with no word of release outside of Sony’s motherland.

The emergence of a slimmer PS3 verifies a leak from the Brazilian FCC that emerged in July, which also accurately stated the hard drive capacities had arrived today.

The super slim PS3 definitely toned down a bit, coming in at 11.4 inches wide by 2.36 inches tall by 9.05 inches deep. Compare that to the PS3 slim’s dimensions of 11.4 inches wide by 2.55 inches tall by 11.4 inches deep. (Click to enlarge.)

(Credit: Sony Computer Entertainment America)