It will be sometime until we see an official hardware refresh of the Xbox 360 (supposedly called the 720) and the PS3. However, if you just must sport the latest and greatest then look no further than Sony’s newest PS3.
As alluded to, this iteration will contain no significant hardware upgrades. In fact, as far as we can tell, it’s basically the same PS3 that has been on the market for sometime now. That said, they did announce two new storage capacities; 250GB and 500GB (the EU and Hong Kong will receive a 12GB flash version as well). Sony has also managed to slim down the form factor, making the latest (and largest) PS3 25% smaller than the last of its ilk, and 50% smaller than the first. Course, this comes at a cost. No longer will the discs eject from a slot. Instead gamers will have to draw back a “sliding disc cover.
While the black version has been confirmed for US release, it’s still not clear if we’ll see the white version, though Sony has said that following the November Japan launch, other regions will follow. Nevertheless, the “charcoal black” PS3 arrives September 25th, includes a 250GB hard drive and comes bundled with Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception “Game of the Year Edition” for $269.99. The 500GB variant will make its debut on October 30th, launching in conjunction with Assassin’s Creed 3 for a yet disclosed price.