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Sony Announces New, Higher Capacity PS3 Slims

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 38 comments

Sony today unveiled two new models of PS3 to replace the current 250GB and 120GB models.

If you find yourself constantly stuck for space on your PlayStation 3, Sony has got some good news for you. The company is reportedly phasing out the 250GB and 120GB models, replacing them with the newly announced 320GB and 160GB versions of the hugely popular console.

Sony's European CEO, Andrew House announced the new consoles yesterday at Gamescom 2010 in Germany. The 160GB PS3 will cost $299, while the 320GB model will be available as part of the PS3 Sports Champions Move bundle. The 160GB model is available and shipping now. As you can probably tell from the bundle it comes in, the 320GB system will launch in conjunction with PlayStation Move on September 19. The bundle includes one PlayStation Move motion controller, a PlayStation Eye camera, a copy of Sports Champions on Blu-ray, and bonus Blu-ray game demo disc. The total cost for this bundle is $400.

No word on when they'll be selling the 320GB system by itself, but we figure it's only a matter of time.

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    icepick314 , August 18, 2010 9:38 PM
    yaaaaaaawn....

    if larger storage is a feature in PS3, then color me bored...

    bring back PS2 compatibility, dammit!!!!
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    southernshark , August 18, 2010 9:33 PM
    Seems like PS3 is really offering more bang for the buck than the competition. Blue Ray, 320 gbs.... it adds up. That said I picked the PS3 because its less likely to break than the competition.
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    alextheawesome , August 18, 2010 10:37 PM
    proxy711/facepalm there are two 2.5" 1TB drives on newegg for $140 and $130.guess my time machine works.

    Those are too big. Those are 12.5mm high, PS3 uses 9.5mm.
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    southernshark , August 18, 2010 9:33 PM
    Seems like PS3 is really offering more bang for the buck than the competition. Blue Ray, 320 gbs.... it adds up. That said I picked the PS3 because its less likely to break than the competition.
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    alextheawesome , August 18, 2010 9:35 PM
    Sony really just needs to come out with a 500GB version and be done with it.
  • 22 Hide
    icepick314 , August 18, 2010 9:38 PM
    yaaaaaaawn....

    if larger storage is a feature in PS3, then color me bored...

    bring back PS2 compatibility, dammit!!!!
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    Mr Pizza , August 18, 2010 10:01 PM
    IDK why its so hard to just put a 1tb drive in it.
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    jincongz , August 18, 2010 10:07 PM
    @Mr. Pizza:
    Because it runs a 2.5" drive, not 3.5", and those haven't come out in 1tb flavours yet. But if your time machine can do it for me, be my guest.
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    proxy711 , August 18, 2010 10:16 PM
    jincongz@Mr. Pizza:Because it runs a 2.5" drive, not 3.5", and those haven't come out in 1tb flavours yet. But if your time machine can do it for me, be my guest.


    /facepalm there are two 2.5" 1TB drives on newegg for $140 and $130.

    guess my time machine works.
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    alextheawesome , August 18, 2010 10:37 PM
    proxy711/facepalm there are two 2.5" 1TB drives on newegg for $140 and $130.guess my time machine works.

    Those are too big. Those are 12.5mm high, PS3 uses 9.5mm.
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    stevesauce , August 18, 2010 10:43 PM
    /facepalm

    $140-$130 IS NOT $40.

    Your time machine needs WD-40: Westerm Digital 40GB.
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    maestintaolius , August 18, 2010 10:59 PM
    proxy711/facepalm there are two 2.5" 1TB drives on newegg for $140 and $130.guess my time machine works.

    How'd you get your paradox field compensator to work? Mine's always falling out of alignment during the time travel initiation sequence. I've tried increasing the tachyon emitter array power all the way to 11 but it didn't help.
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    mikem_90 , August 18, 2010 11:03 PM
    jincongz@Mr. Pizza:Because it runs a 2.5" drive, not 3.5", and those haven't come out in 1tb flavours yet. But if your time machine can do it for me, be my guest.


    As others have remarked there are 1tb 2.5" drives that are 12.5mm

    There is also the idea that not everyone who wants a PS3 will want a 750 or 1tb drive in it. Maybe they are just fine with the 160gb? What loss of sales will they have with the added cost of a bigger drive? Will there be enough customers to buy models with a 1TB drive to balance out the cost of producing another separate line of hardware?

    These are all big questions to ask when designing products. Perhaps Sony feels they can let the enthusiasts do the HDD replacement on their own to fill the niche who need that much space?
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    Anonymous , August 18, 2010 11:43 PM
    Stop updating current hardware and build a next gen system already!! Geez it's like they're stuck in the dark ages..
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    tharkis842 , August 18, 2010 11:57 PM
    I'd be more impressed if Sony kept the 120gb/250gb drives but in 7200rpm flavors. Those load times can be terrible sometimes.
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    irh_1974 , August 19, 2010 12:20 AM
    tharkis842I'd be more impressed if Sony kept the 120gb/250gb drives but in 7200rpm flavors. Those load times can be terrible sometimes.

    Has anyone tried an SSD in the PS3 yet?
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    tacoslave , August 19, 2010 12:21 AM
    maestintaoliusHow'd you get your paradox field compensator to work? Mine's always falling out of alignment during the time travel initiation sequence. I've tried increasing the tachyon emitter array power all the way to 11 but it didn't help.



    the hell you talking about? I just got my mr fusion and its totally compatible with my flux capacitor and once my delorean hits 88 well lets just say i'll be playing crysis 3 on my 8970x2.
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    irh_1974 , August 19, 2010 12:25 AM
    http://uk.gear.ign.com/dor/articles/984797/ps3-hd-speed-test-video/videos/gear_ps3hhdtest_051609.html;jsessionid=75953tt2dm48a

    My bad, found it - but cost is obviously ridiculous
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    adamboy64 , August 19, 2010 12:28 AM
    The 320gb move bundle might be good to entice new buyers. I'm not sure how much cheaper it is to buy the console bundle then to buy move seperately, but i'd be sure there's a saving there. So, good for those getting their first PS3.

    The HDD size increase isn't anything that spectacular. As said much previous, you can just install your own HDD. I'm sure there'd be some people who wouldn't want to install their own HDD though.

    irh_1974Has anyone tried an SSD in the PS3 yet?


    I've heard that it has been tested, but the improvement in speed wasn't as great as expected.
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    adamboy64 , August 19, 2010 12:35 AM
    irh_1974http://uk.gear.ign.com/dor/article [...] 53tt2dm48aMy bad, found it - but cost is obviously ridiculous


    Oops, my bad not reading your second post. I think i'd still prefer a HDD for the extra space... not sure what 500gb SSD's cost.. but I doubt they're cheap.
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    ares1214 , August 19, 2010 1:09 AM
    FAIL. Its called buy a 40 gig one with backwards compatibility, and pop a 500 or 320 gig hdd in there for WAY less than what this costs.
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    Simple11 , August 19, 2010 1:54 AM
    I payed 500$ for my ps3 when it first came out. The backwards compatible is always a plus. Only drawback is the fan, which is like 75% of the system, can be very loud. But that's bout it, I'm used to it though since my pc has 8 fans. Anyhow 400$ for all that, wow! Sony knows how give more bang for your buck. Love it! Though we have 2 ps3s already, 1 more can't hurt haha.
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