$199 PS3 confirmed for North America

12GB model now available in region, while Europe will see price drop to €199.

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Today during Sony's Gamescom media briefing, the company confirmed that the $199 12GB PlayStation 3 model will be sold in North America. It is available now at Target, Best Buy, and Amazon.

Retailer leaks last week suggested the model would be released in North America this week.

Sony also announced during its briefing today that the same 12GB PS3 will see a price drop in Europe, falling from €229 to €199.

Sony's Gamescom briefing today brought news of a PlayStation 4 November release date, Minecraft coming to the console as a launch title, and a PlayStation Vita price cut.

Discussion

101 comments
edinko
edinko

That's a pretty bad deal. 12 GB is a joke. I`d like to know how much it costs to produce a PS3. The PS4 main hardware (jaguar apus) I think costs about 50-70 bucks so how much can the ps3 hardware be? 10 bucks?

wolf503
wolf503

Way too late. Way too close to next gen for anyone to buy that now, especially a 12gb model. For extra $200USD they can get PS4 with 500Gb.

Derrick79
Derrick79

This is so stupid....  Nickle and dime campaign continues

pound-u
pound-u

This has been available for a few days already.

quickshooterMk2
quickshooterMk2

sons of whores 

this is ridiculess the 12 gig should be a 100$ 

while the 250 is 150$ and the 500 200$ 

sony you greedy fucks 

vivalatour
vivalatour

I just bought a (NEW) PS3 slim 320gb for $265 and it included a game , although the game is UC3 and is not worth much now I still feel I got a good deal , but , 12gb at $200 ? I guess , but , it sure is not me !

tightwad34
tightwad34

I think I pissed 12 GB last time I took a leak. I haven't been able to piss $200 though.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

I might buy a PS3 for $200 with a 100GB drive.

obsequies
obsequies

at this point it would make more sense to get a vita

monson21502
monson21502

rip offs. bet 100 bucks it only cost 50 bucks to make and ship it at this point 

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

I saw the 12 GB version way up on shelves in EB Games today.  Nobody cares about a 12 GB version when you know you will get better deals sooner than later on used consoles and they will lower the prices of these other PS3 consoles in EB Games and other stores eventually.  Seriously Sony wth was the point of making these ?

Penguinlord1
Penguinlord1

I'd rather just save up an extra $60 and buy a used bundle off of Amazon if I was that concerned about the cost of the system.

hadlee73
hadlee73

Unless Sony have changed things for the NA version, those of you who have a spare hard drive will need to keep in mind you have to buy Sony's PS3 hard drive mounting caddy before you can change out the flash drive for another hard drive. This particular model doesn't have a 2.5 hard drive mounting bracket by default.

El_Zaggy
El_Zaggy

Why is it bad? I bought one and I got a 250 gb drive laying around... its a nice deal

blaze_boy30
blaze_boy30

I just hope they don't discontinue the older models. 12 gigs is nothing.

svaubel
svaubel

Lol.

Oh Sony and M$ always gotta release models that are even worse than previous ones. No we cant just have a price drop on 7 year old systems.

souloist1
souloist1

why 12? there are games on psn that require more space than that. uncharted 3 took up 40gb from PS+
. then again i have a 750gb drive installed in mine

destinhpark
destinhpark

12G? that's not even possible.. tons of games require a 6g install...

fastharry
fastharry

apparently Sony cares for the non gamer too..

MegamanX97
MegamanX97

I got my 250 gig for 199$ not too long ago. I have used so much space already. 12 gig, this is probably only for a select group.

Senor_Kami
Senor_Kami

All they need now is to put out a patch that allows external usb support.

somberfox
somberfox

12gb? useless if you're at all interested in using PS store

martouf02
martouf02

This is pointless. A brand new game costs $60. So a new game and 12gb pa3 would be around $260. You can go to best buy and get a 250gb ps3 that's bundled with the latest drakes fortune for about $270. In September you can get a 500gb pa3 with headset and the gta5 for $300.

tsunami2311
tsunami2311

200$ to replace my dead fat ps3 my dad uses is great seeing I have 320gb i was using in the fat to begin with

blackace
blackace

The 12GB PS3 is just dumb. Did Sony forget that they have games with 4GB mandatory installs? lol!!

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

So Sony it's PS3 vs PS Vita for $199.99 to the fight huh? Well folks, what will you buy?

bighorse83
bighorse83

My ps3 is so loud these days.  Even with a good cleaning.  I think its about to kick the bucket. lol Would it be good ideal to buy this and put 500 gb hd into it?

xhawk27
xhawk27

The 4gb Xbox 360 is even smaller though, but you can use external storage devices for your games. On the PS3 you can't do that I hear. 


shadowysea07
shadowysea07

why would anyone buy the crappiest model when they could get one for the same price or less without the uglyness and a substantially larger hard drive?  I could go on amazon right now and get one of the bundle (assassins creed god of war or uncharted) for that.

NickNair
NickNair

@wolf503 this is not for the hardcore gamers...this is for ther person who is going to walk into the shop looking for a console and have the salesman tell him about the price drop.

theflashxwmc
theflashxwmc

@cashx002 Yeah, totally an insult. I thought this read "playstation 4" at first. Nobody is going to buy the Playstation 3 when they can get it used or save up for the 4. This is mainly to establish virtual elevated value to the old technology to justify charging more money for the new model. Phones depreciate almost 60% in value every year, it took Playstation 3 nearly 6 and it still is 50% what it was when it was released.

hardeddie
hardeddie

Less gaming and more education for you brother!

obsequies
obsequies

@DeViLzzz well if they aren't SSD's then it benifits the consumer. Just throw in a larger cheap drive. It's like buying a pc and upgrading yourself to save money. I wouldn't get the super slim though unless it was white cause I'm racist.

El_Zaggy
El_Zaggy

@hadlee73 yep but pretty cheap and can find it in stores here. if not, well ebay and mamazon are probably there lol

grbolivar
grbolivar

@somberfoxNot to mention some games on discs need to be "installed", like Fallout New Vegas, Rage or Bioshock Rapture Edition, each going for ~8GB.

This bundle is more for people that don't game much and may want it for Netflix/Blu Ray and all that crap.

Meta-Gnostic
Meta-Gnostic

@martouf02 This is for people who don't need the hard drive. OR for people who will install a hard drive into PS3 themself, since you know, PS3 does not require proprietary hard drives.

xolivierx
xolivierx

@tsunami2311 now installing Metal Gear Solid 4.
HDD failure, no more place, now deleting PS4 IOS.

blackace
blackace

@EasyComeEasyGo I got the PSVita. The screen resolution is impressive. Too bad it's only getting a bunch of indie games so far.

DahLong
DahLong

If you download a lot, then get the 500gb. When I have my ps3 in the first month I already used 180GB

blackace
blackace

@xhawk27 M$ needs to get rid of the 4GB 360 and drop the price of the 250GB to $199.

MADPADDY
MADPADDY

@xhawk27 


You can use a 3 TB usb on ps3 i know i use mine as a media server.

martouf02
martouf02

Thanks for the reply. I think it's a bit weird to not spend another 10 bucks for another ~240gb. For what you get, I feel that the 12gb should be a lot cheaper.

I did not know that you can add your own hard drive. That is pretty cool.

tsunami2311
tsunami2311

@xolivierx @tsunami2311 is that supposed to mean something? for some one with dead ps3 and spare hdd alying around this great deal, Have cage and HDD this cheaps vs yet

bighorse83
bighorse83

@DahLong I have 500 gb hard drive in the old ps3 already.  Could i put it in the new model?