The Tokyo Game Show just wrapped up last week. Just before the show kicked off, Sony announced a brand new version of the PS3. This new PlayStation doesn't look a whole lot different to the old model as far as design is concerned, though it is 20 percent lighter and 25 percent smaller. However, despite looking relatively similar to the last gen PlayStation 3, this new super slim PS3 has apparently boosted hardware sales.
MCV cites UKIE and GfK Chart-Track data as saying UK PS3 sales were up 138 per cent last week. Not only that, but the new 500GB machine accounted for 37 per cent of all PS3s sold for the week ending September 28, a figure it clocked up in just two days of availability.
The 500GB model is available as part of a bundle that includes FIFA 13 and is priced at €299.99. A "wallet-friendly 12GB version" will launch in just under two weeks and will be priced at around €229.99. Owners of this 12GB model will be able to connect a 2.5 inch SATA internal hard drive with use of an official Mounting Bracket, or opt for purchase of an official PlayStation 250GB internal HDD.
The new models of PS3 come at a time when the gaming industry is eagerly seeking out any hints about the next generation console from Sony, the PlayStation 4. The fact that Sony was willing to relaunch the PS3 in a smaller housing suggests it's not quite done with the current generation and is planning to eke out another season with the PS3.