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New Slimmer, Smaller PlayStation to Hit September 25

Though the gaming world is already looking forward to the next generation of consoles, Sony isn't quite finished with the PS3 just yet. This week, at the Tokyo Game Show, Sony unveiled a brand new version of the PS3. This model will come in two different capacities, either 250GB or 500GB, and features a streamlined design that's 20 percent smaller and 25 percent lighter than the current PS3.


"In order to maintain the superior gaming experiences that you expect from us here at PlayStation, we are always looking for ways to change and evolve with your gaming behavior," Sony said via the PlayStation blog. "You might remember the smaller models that we launched for PlayStation 2 and PSP (PlayStation Portable), and we know that many of you love the opportunity to add these streamlined models to your home. Additionally, as developers continue to release deep and rich digital gaming content, providing an option for larger HDD is essential, especially for games with large DLC packs, and full game downloads, as well as personal entertainment content."

As far as availability is concerned, Sony said the 250GB PS3 will be available on September 25 for $269.99 as part of a bundle that will contain Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception: Game of the Year Edition and a voucher for more than $30 worth of bonus digital content for DUST 514. If you're hankering after the 500GB model, you'll have to wait a little bit longer, we're afraid. Sony says it will debut as part of a limited edition bundle in conjunction with the release of Assassin's Creed III. The price for that particular bundle has not yet been confirmed.

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