Sony announced the new PS3 during GAMESCOM 2009. Check out the full press release and images by following the link below.
Lower Price to Further Accelerate Expansion of the PlayStation®3 Platform
Along with Extensive Software Title Line-up for Upcoming Holiday Season
Tokyo, August 18, 2009 – Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today unveiled the new PlayStation®3 (CECH-2000A) (body color: charcoal black) computer entertainment system, featuring an extremely streamlined form factor with a 120GB Hard Disk Drive (HDD). The new PlayStation®3 (PS3®) system will become available in stores from September 1, 2009, in North America, Europe/ PAL territories and Asian countries and regions at a very attractive recommended retail price (RRP) of US$299 and €299, respectively. The system will become available in Japan on September 3, 2009, at a RRP of 29,980 yen (including tax). With the introduction of the new PS3 system, SCE will also reduce the price of the current PS3 with 80GB HDD to a RRP of US$299 from August 18 and €299 from August 19. Also in North America, the price of PS3 with 160GB HDD will be reduced to a RRP of US$399 from August 18. By launching a vast library of exciting and attractive software titles for PS3 this holiday season and offering customers a line-up of hardware models and pricing to match their preference, SCE will build on the momentum and further accelerate the expansion of the PS3 platform.
The internal design architecture of the new PS3 system, from the main semiconductors and power supply unit to the cooling mechanism, has been completely redesigned, achieving a much slimmer and lighter body. Compared to the very first PS3 model with 60GB HDD, the internal volume as well as its thickness and weight are trimmed down to approximately two-thirds. Furthermore, power consumption is also cut to two-thirds, helping to reduce fan noise. While inheriting the sleek curved body design of the original model, the form factor of the new PS3 system features a new meticulous design with textured surface finish, giving an all new impression and a casual look. With the compact body and casual appearance, the newly introduced model will appeal to a wider audience who are looking to buy the best entertainment system for their home.
Concurrently with the release of the new PS3 system, SCE will modify the PS3 brand name from “PLAYSTATION 3” to “PlayStation 3”, and introduce a new “ ” logo, which is engraved on the surface of the new PS3 system. By unifying under the familiar “PlayStation®” name, which represents the entire PlayStation family, PS3 together with PlayStation®2 and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) will further expand the PlayStation business, and will continue to enhance the entertainment experience along with the ever-growing PlayStation®Network.
The new PS3 continues to offer the cutting-edge features and functions of the current models, such as the ability to enjoy high-definition Blu-ray disc (BD) movies and games, as well as various content and services downloadable through the network. The new PS3’s storage size has increased from 80GB to 120GB, and with the extra capacity users will be able to store more games, music, photos, videos as well as various content and services available through PlayStation Network. Having more than 27 million registered accounts around the world, PlayStation Network offers more than 15,000 pieces of digital content, ranging from game titles, trailers, and demos to more than 15,000 movies and TV shows via PlayStation Store*1. PlayStation Network members can also download free applications, such as PlayStation Home, a ground-breaking 3D social gaming community available on PS3 that allows users to interact, communicate and share gaming experiences, as well as Life with PlayStation, which offers users various news and information on a TV monitor in the living room by connecting the PS3 to the network.
Since the launch of PS3 in November 2006, the number of BD-based titles has reached more than 1,000 titles and downloadable PS3 games to 1,400*2 titles worldwide, with the support from a broad range of third party game developers and publishers. In addition to this extensive software title line-up, exciting and attractive new titles are to be released from SCE Worldwide Studios, including Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, EyePet, Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time, Heavy Rain, God of War 3, MAG, ModNation Racer, Gran Turismo 5 and more.
Other features of the new PS3 include:
Ø PS3 system software update version 3.00
Concurrently with the release of new PS3, system software will be upgraded to version 3.00 on September 1. The update adds various user-friendly features such as the “What’s New” screen, where users can quickly browse the new items available in PlayStation Store as well as their recently played games directly on the XMB™ (XrossMediaBar), with short cuts to each piece of content. PS3 will evolve continuously with the system software updates, further improving the operability and enhancing the user experience available through the network. PS3 owners will be able to enjoy new features by simply updating the PS3 system software to version 3.00 via the “System Update” function on the XMB*3.
Ø BRAVIA® Sync™ Feature
The new PS3 system is also equipped with the BRAVIA® Sync™ feature. By connecting the new PS3 system and a BRAVIA TV with the HDMI cable, users are able to directly operate the XMB on PS3 using the TV remote control. Other functions include “System Standby” that will automatically turn off the PS3 system when the BRAVIA TV is turned off*4.
Ø “Vertical Stand” for new PS3 (CECH-2000 series)
By utilizing the separately sold “Vertical Stand”, users will be able to set the new PS3 in vertical position*5, making it easier to place the PS3 system anywhere at home. The vertical stand will become available in Japan on September 3, 2009, at a RRP of 2,000 yen (including tax) and in North America at US$24*6.
Ø Removal of “Install Other OS” feature
The new PS3 system will focus on delivering games and other entertainment content, and users will not be able to install other Operating Systems to the new PS3 system.
Along with a vast line-up of attractive and exciting entertainment content with the new PS3 system, SCE will continue to further expand the PS3 platform and create a new world of computer entertainment.
*1 Number as of end July 2009. Content within PlayStation Store will differ by region, please refer to the official PlayStation.com site for further details.
*2 Includes PS one® classics and free of charge content (downloadable demos).
*3 Users will need to connect their PS3 to the network to use the function.
*4 Users will need to use BRAVIA TV that supports the BRAVIA Sync feature. For further information about BRAVIA Sync, please refer to the official Sony site in each region.
*5 Users will need to use the separately sold “Vertical Stand” to set the new PS3 in vertical position.
*6 Release date of the vertical stand for North America will be announced when available. Release date and price of the vertical stand for Europe/ PAL territories and Asian countries and regions will be announced when available.
CECH-2000A (Charcoal Black)
Cell Broadband Engine™
LPCM 7.1ch, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD, AAC.
256MB XDR Main RAM, 256MB GDDR3 VRAM
2.5” Serial ATA
Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T) × 1
IEEE 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth® 2.0 (EDR)
Wireless Controller （Bluetooth®）
1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i (for PAL 576p, 576i)
HDMI OUT connector*3
AV MULTI OUT connector
Digital out (optical) connector
drive (read only)
Maximum read rate
BD × 2 (BD-ROM)
DVD × 8 (DVD-ROM)
CD × 24 (CD-ROM)
AC 220 – 240, 50/60Hz*4
(excluding maximum projecting part )
Approx. 290 × 65 × 290 mm (width × height × length)
PlayStation®3 system × 1
Wireless Controller (DUALSHOCK®3) × 1
AC power cord × 1
AV cable × 1
USB cable × 1
*1 Hard disk capacity calculated using base 10 mathematics (1 GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes). System software versions 1.10 and later calculate capacity using binary mathematics (1 GB = 1,073,741,824 bytes), which will display lower capacity and free space. A portion of hard disk capacity is reserved for system administration, which varies depending upon system software version, and is not available for use.
*2 Usability of all connected devices is not guaranteed.
*3 “Deep Colour” and “x.v.Colour (xvYCC)” defined by HDMI ver.1.3a are supported.
*4 Power changes depending on countries or regions.
*5 For certain regions, Euro-AV cable will be included.
Note: This product is not compatible with PlayStation®2 games.
Vertical Stand (CECH-ZS1)
Vertical Stand （CECH-ZS1） × 1
Approx. 88 mm x 18 mm x 260 mm (width × height × length)
* The “Vertical Stand” is for the new PS3 system (CECH-2000 series) and cannot be used on the current model.
About Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
Recognized as the global leader and company responsible for the progression of consumer-based computer entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) manufacturers, distributes and markets the PlayStation® game console, the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system and the PlayStation®3 (PS3®) system. PlayStation has revolutionized home entertainment by introducing advanced 3D graphic processing, and PlayStation 2 further enhances the PlayStation legacy as the core of home networked entertainment. PSP is an innovative handheld entertainment system that allows users to enjoy 3D games, with high-quality full-motion video, and high-fidelity stereo audio. PS3 is an advanced computer system, incorporating the state-of-the-art Cell processor with super computer like power. SCEI, along with its subsidiary divisions Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc., Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd., and Sony Computer Entertainment Korea Inc. develops, publishes, markets and distributes software, and manages the third party licensing programs for these platforms in the respective markets worldwide. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. is an independent business unit of the Sony Group.
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Dolby is a trademark of Dolby Laboratories.
DTS is a trademark of Digital Theater Systems, Inc.
HDMI, HDMI logo and High Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC.
Blu-ray Disc is a trademark.
The Bluetooth word mark is a registered trademark owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. is under license.
PlayStation, PLAYSTATION, PS3, RSX, DUALSHOCK and GRAN TURISMO are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Cell Broadband Engine is a trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.
awww man. :(
I just hope this gets people back on the Playstation. It should, I went to best buy today and $299 PS3s were sold out. This should really turn the “consoles war” around.
I like the new desing c:
This will finally make me get a PS3… and just in time for Tekken 6! :)
good for you :) go out there and GET A SLIM AND NOT A SHITTY SHITBOX 3SHITTY!
Shouldn’t some troll show up and scream about MarkMan’s “obvious Sony bias” right about now? *roll eyes*
why? when markman enjoys MS. he said so himself.
new ps3 looks ugly
so i read in tz that they also rewrote the netcode for tekken br. Can anyone (markman for example or others) enlighten me about this netcode? How big of a difference does this netcode change can make?
i know that it has the potential to improve the online gameplay but in what specific ways and how?
ALL HAIL TO PS3
tekken is great. sony sucks. they can’t beat xbox in the north american market and this won’t help at all. you can talk about netcode all you want, but t6br online is going to be just as bad as t5dr online as long as they continue to allow 3rd party companies to provide the networking.
xbox is accountable for their online function, and oddly enough it is not complete trash. tekken6br on the xbox will outsell the ps3 version 3-1.
FUCK YOU BITCH!!
54% fali rate.
lol, I doubt Tekken 6 BR XB360 will outsell ps3 ver… A lot of ppl on this very site bought a PS3 just for Tekken and will most likely buy T6BR for the ps3.
It would be in the scenes best interest especially since big events like EVO are ran on ps3’s and it would be easy to bring your copy along for extras encase something went wrong with on had copies
Let’s put it this way, I have a PS3 and a 360. Now which T6 will I get? I will get the PS3 version for these reasons: free online and better controller.
free online > quality online? have fun.
God dammnit your such an ASS!
I have a feeling the X360 version will sell just as much if not more than the PS3 version.
We all know this series was originally a PlayStation mainstay, but like most titles, they aren’t anymore.
Just my two cents.
TEKKEN/360FANBOYS DONT WORK FOR ME >:(
A true Tekken fan will do the right thing and buy it for the PS3 or even the PSP,plus the PS3 is 299$ the same price as the elite and the developers were having a hard time to port the game on the 360.
MARKMAN you don know american gamers if you think it will sell as much as it will on the 360.
i bet you 50 digial dollars that the PS3 version will sell more than the 360 version.
the only reason people buy a 360 is for 1 reason FPS.
thats it, and again i back up T_s
Free Online >>>> sucker who pay for the same online.
i .. well, i meant that the argument that free online > quality online = bogus.
xbox and fps is true enough, but that just means the fidelity of their online services is more scrutinized and more maintained..
besides, tekken hasn’t been available to xbox users for years. i think the interest is there.
YOUR TALKING ABOUT fps OK?!our remote control is more built for FIGHTING And pretty much every other type of game.And then you say xbox has quality online!! GET OUT OF HEAR!! xbox live lags like hell!!ALSO your an idiot for saying also that the ps3 slim cant compete with the SHITBOX 360 in america.HAVE you forgotten how good the ps2 sold in america?? 50 million in north america ALONE!! GET THE FUCK OUT OF HEAR!Tekken of course is going too sell more on ps3 because of the SLIM duh!!PS3 has been selling like crazy these past days!GO play halo 3 or dead or alive!
THE PS3 ALSO has deitcated servers! less LAG OK?!
AND WE HAVE A BETTER D-PAD FOR FIGHTING!
Nearly every 360 fanboy talks about gears and halo.
Man,use some originality.
Allright then, If im wrong when the sales figures come in then I’ll admit it, But it Markman is wrong, he has to put up a post saying the PS3 Version of Tekken SOld more.
and i dont mean a small post i mena like a new post with a pic of the PS3 and Tekken 6 Next to it.
Is that a Deal Markman.
Tell You what, If i lose you can post Something that say Blind Ghost Didnt knwo what the hell he was talking about.
I’ll post sales figures regardless. I’m not a fanboy.
LOL all right cool. ill keep my word and admit that the XBOX isnt just for FPS if the sales are significant enough.
I hope your right man, I’m not a fanboy but I will pick PS3 over 360 anytime.
YES YOU ARE YOU FAGGOT!!! DAMN YOU!!! i have so much FUCKING HATE FOR YOU!!
TREY 4 LIF3
Your an idoit too be on this website! and say xbox ftw when tekken better yet fighting games are not built for the 360 controller except for SFIV or MK VS DC.
Lol do you know that the 360 version of Tekken 6 is a port,it means that it won’t look as good as the PS3 version,second the controller isn’t that friendly with fighter games,nearly the entire franchise was exclusive to sony platforms and most Tekken fans keep that tradition and they will buy it for the PS3.
as fot the 360 all i have to say is this:
54% FAILURE RATE,enjoy getting the RROD and have a shitty day
TEKKEN AND PLAYSTATION RULLLEEE!!
I actually laughed out loud to myself.
So many fanboys…thou I must say I will be picking this up for the PS3.
good job man!
hmm.. I dunno but I got both slim version of the ps2 and the original one.. It seems that the slim version is harder to maintain.. does the slim version break down easily? Because I’ve had the fat ps2 for about 7 years now, without any repair, while the slim one got 2 repairs in one year..