Available in charcoal black or classic white the new PS3 is half the weight of the original and 20 per cent to 25 per cent lighter than the current model.
The new PS3 will be available world-wide this coming holiday season, with Sony deciding to spread the options. Here is the breakdown:
North America will have the choice of a 250GB HDD model (US$249) from September 25th, with a 500GB HDD version (US$299) following on October 30th.
European and PAL territories, including here in Australia will get the option of a Flash Memory 12GB model (Sept 27th Australia AU$299.95, October 18th NZ NZD$399.95 and October 12th in Europe €229 ) or a 500GB box (Sept 27th Australia AU$399.95 and NZ NZD$519.95 and Sept 28th in Europe €299).
Further info from Sony on PAGE 2
Sony has released the following info about the new PS3:
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 with the new PS3. In addition, a variety of accessories will be introduced by SCE to meet various kinds of needs from users.
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.