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Hey look, Sony is launching a new PlayStation console! Before you wet your pants with excitement, this isn't the new PS console you're looking for, young Padawan, provided you've been looking high and low for news of a PS4. No, the new console you're looking at is still a PS3, albeit slimmer and lighter than before, just as the PS3 Slim was slimmer and lighter than the original.
This time around, Sony said it completely redesigned the internal architecture, resulting in 25 percent less volume and a 20 percent lighter design compared to the current PS3; both have been cut in half compared to the original. Aesthetically, it maintains the same general style and will be available in black or white.
While smaller and lighter, the new PS3 comes with more storage capacity. Instead of the 160GB and 320GB models that are currently available, Sony will sell 250GB ($269 in bundle form, September 25th) and 500GB ($299, October 30th) units.
"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," Sony said.
Sony will launch the 250GB PS3 as a limited edition bundle that includes Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception: Game of the Year Edition, along with a DLC voucher worth $30. The 500GB model will also ship initially as a limited edition bundle with Assassin's Creed 3 and a 30-day PlayStation Plus subscription.