A new slimmer, smaller PlayStation 3 has been announced today complete with a new 500GB configuration! Check out more here to find out about availability and pricing.

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today announced the new PlayStation®3(PS3®) 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.

Storage size Recommended Retail Price Launch Date
North America HDD 500GB US$299 October 30th
HDD 250GB US$249/US$269 (bundle only)  September 25th
PAL territories
HDD 500GB €299 September 28th
Flash Memory 12GB €229 October 12th
Japan HDD 500GB 29,800 Yen (including tax) October 4th
HDD 250GB 24,900Yen (including tax) October 4th


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*7 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.

PlayStation®3 (CECH-4000 series)

Product name
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 12GBCECH-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
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 
Included *7
PlayStation®3 system × 1
Wireless Controller (DUALSHOCK®3) × 1
AC power cord × 1
AV cable × 1
USB cable × 1

Vertical Stand (CECH-ZST1J)

Product name Vertical Stand
Release Date

North America: September  25th, 2012Europe:              September  28th, 2012

 Japan:                October 4th , 2012

Recommended Retail Price North America  $14.99
Europe              14.99
Japan                 1,800yen including tax
Product code CECH-ZST1
Included Vertical Stand CECH-ZST1 × 1
External dimension Approx. 120 mm x 17.5 mm  (diameter × height (thickest part)
Mass Approx. 200g
Supports CECH-4000 series

Dedicated HDD(250GB) for PlayStation®3 (with attachment)  (CECH-ZHD1)

Product name Dedicated HDD(250GB) for PlayStation®3 (with attachment)
Release date October 12th, 2012
Recommended Retail Price 89.99
Product code CECH-ZHD1
Included HDD 250GB CECH-ZS1 × 1
External dimension Approx. 88 mm x 18 mm x 260 mm (width × height × length)
Mass Approx. 115g
Supports CECH-4000A


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