12GB PlayStation 3 Slim Emerges for $200, Half the Price of a PS4

Paul Lilly

A compelling Blu-ray player, if nothing else

If you have the money and patience to wait until this holiday shopping season, you can score Sony's upcoming PlayStation 4 (PS4) console and rock some next-generation gaming into 2014 and beyond. Alternately, you could spend half as much on Sony's new flash-based 12GB PlayStation 3 (PS3) Slim system. Sony isn't making a big fuss over its low(er) cost console option, though it's not difficult to find.

The 12GB PS3 is being sold direct on Sony's website (temporarily out of stock at the time of this writing), along with places like Best Buy and Walmart. Game bundles are available, too.

It's an interesting value proposition, especially if you're already in the market for a Blu-ray player. For $200, you can play your Blu-rays, as well as access a rich catalog of games and streaming services via Ethernet or built-in Wi-Fi. it also comes with a wireless controller. Note that it does not, however, come with a vertical stand as depicted.

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