Sony Computer Entertainment today announced that the new PlayStation 3, featuring a new design and a downsized form factor, will become available in the UK on September 28th and October 12th. The new PS3 will come in two models, a 500GB Hard Disk Drive (HDD) version (launching September 28th), and a newly added 12GB flash memory model (launching October 12th).
Completely redesigning the internal design architecture, the internal volume and weight of the new PS3 is reduced by more than half compared to the very first PS3 model with a 60GB HDD, and by 20 % and 25% respectively compared to the current PS3. By adopting a sliding disk cover, the new PS3 continues with the characteristic sleek curved simple body design, which fits various places in the home and enables users to enjoy an array of entertainment content.
Sony UK has additionally announced that a FIFA 13 bundle, featuring a copy of FIFA 13 and a new 500GB PS3 will also be coming, exclusively to GAME stores in the UK on September 28. It is also very likely that the bundle will at the very least be offered in Europe, and possibly in Japan also. N price has been announced for the bundle because Sony has stated it "no longer sets an RRP (recommended retail price), instead, that will be dictated by individual retailers themselves".
In addition, the new PS3 with 12GB flash memory can also be expanded by connecting a dedicated HDD (250GB) to be released concurrently with the new PS3.