Smaller and lighter SONY PS3 to be launched later this week

SONY have announced that the much anticipated update to the PS3 will be available from September 28. The new PS3 system, with a new sleek, smaller and lighter design and 500GB of storage capacity, will be closely followed by a less costly 12GB version.

Owners of the smaller 12GB version 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.

This provides for customers a new low-cost entry-level model, as well as the flexibility to expand storage as and when they see fit.

SONY say this is just one of the great peripherals that will be released at the same time alongside a range of other essential accessories, such as a vertical stand that offers more flexibility in how the new PS3 can be displayed.

The 500GB version is reported to be launching as a bundle with the popular football game, FIFA 13, for around US$387, with the 12GB priced at approximately US$296.

According to SONY, it will be launching cost effective games to coincide with the new PS3 launch. The range of games, to be known as PS3 Essentials, will include a wide range of titles available from Assassins Creed: Brotherhood to Sports Champions.

The games will retail at approximately US$25, with many more gaming titles available for download from PlayStation Store from around US$19 (titles marked with an *).

PS3 Essentials Titles List

Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune8*
Resistance Fall of Man
Heavenly Sword
God of War III
LittleBig Planet*
Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction
ModNation Racers*
Sports Champions*
EyePet & Friends
Start The Party!
DanceStar Party!
Medieval Moves*
Move Fitness*
The Fight*
Assassin’s Creed II*
Assassin’s Creed*
Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood*
Far Cry 2*
Prince of Persia*
Driver San Francisco*
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas 2*
James Cameron’s Avatar: The Game*
Prince of Persia – The Forgotten Sands*
Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood*
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2*
Brothers In Arms: Hell’s Highway
Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X
Deus Ex: Human Revolution*
Tomb Raider: Underworld*
Just Cause 2*
Sniper: Ghost Warrior
Tekken 6
SEGA Mega Drive: Ultimate Collection
Sonic Unleashed
Virtua Fighter 5
Darksiders: Wrath Of War*
Homefront: Ultimate Edition*

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