$350 250GB PS3 hits US Nov. 3

Sony officially confirms long-rumored high-capacity Slim console will arrive pre-holidays; no word on North American bundles...yet.

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Nearly two months after the 120GB PlayStation 3 Slim went on sale in North America, Sony has officially unveiled plans to release a higher-capacity version of the console domestically. Today, Sony Computer Entertainment America used the official PlayStation Blog to announce that it is releasing a 250GB PS3 Slim in North America on November 3 for a suggested retail price of $349.99.

The latest flavor of PlayStation 3.

The larger hard drive-equipped console was released in the UK and Europe on October 1 in a variety of bundles, including one containing the acclaimed PS3-exclusive Infamous. However, despite reports of an Uncharted 2 bundle bearing a North America-only ESRB rating label, so far SCEA has only announced plans for an a la carte version. Japan will be getting a limited-edition 250GB PS3 Slim packed in with Final Fantasy XIII in December.

Today's announcement will surprise few Sony-watchers, as the 250GB PS3 Slim was first revealed in August via a Federal Communications Commission filing. It will be the seventh hardware configuration of the console in the US, following the 120GB, 160GB, 80GB, 40GB, 20GB, and 60GB models released since the platform's 2006 launch.

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SuperYeti22
SuperYeti22

People say 360 is better, and I say that is complete BULL****!! I mean, I'm not saying 360 is bad, but PS3 is a hell lot better, here's living proof: PS3 has built in bluetooth, so you can hook up any bluetooth device with ur PS3. Something ur 360 DOESN'T HAVE! PS3 has built in web browsing(FOR FREE!), motion controls, a bluetooth headset that's superior to the 360 wireless headset(and costs LESS!), free online service, compatibility with laptop hard drives, a more user friendly interface, built-in FREE blu-ray, built-in FREE wi-fi, and you can put music, photos, and videos on a usb key, and rip it onto ur PS3 HDD. A lot of things you can do on a PS3, and can't do on a 360. Netflix streaming is now available on PS3. There's no RROD on PS3, and the PS3 performs quietly, with an internal power supply... UNLIKE THE 360!!! Voice messaging actually isn't a big deal anyway. And for PS2 games, U COULD USE A ****ING PS2 FOR THAT! Plus, when I got my PS3, I forgot all about PS2. You can listen to music while playing games on a PS3 too now. PS3 has better games. It has Resistance2, with 60player battles. Something 360 doesn't have. It has Uncharted2, Ratchet&Clank franchise, Killzone2, Demon Souls, Mag(With 256 player battles, something 360 DOESN'T HAVE!!), MGS4, Infamous, FF14, Agent, Modnation Racers, LittleBigPlanet, Last Guardian, and a lot more! PS3 IS BETTER THAN THE XBOX 360!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

speed2fast
speed2fast

@itsdewdewbabiee i agree with u. 360 sucks. whats ur Psn id i wanna add u mine is speed2fast

Itsdewdewbabiee
Itsdewdewbabiee

What the heck are you xbox fan boys talking about. Haven't you played Killzone2, Uncharted 2, or even Demon Souls. What came out in the past month for 360 that I couldn't get on my PS3, oh ODST, lol... You can have that overated hyped gaming franchise any day. Its the same game but with an extra hour of game play, and guess what you pay $60 for. That BS of ps3 has no games is over played. The PS3 has more quality games hands down than any MS game out there. And uncharted 2 is really good... And for ps3 being $299 I think sony did listen, so quit whinning and buy one already. Or you like handing over your hard earned cash to MS, for gods sake you pay for everything it seems, Oh MS has better online interface, who cares your only justifying why you don't get it for free, why don't you just hand over you check book to Bill Gates and tell him take as much as he likes.

ghettalife
ghettalife

Economics 101 is in full effect here and I'm betting any Sony reps who prowl these comment sections are unmoved by your cries. Backward compatibility isn't coming back and neither are $1/gal. gas or $1 16oz. bags of potato chips--get over it! If you wanted to keep playing PS2 games, you should have kept your system instead of getting yourself raped at trade-in time or coming with the tired "I don't have space for more than one console" rationalization. Sony, just like any successful business, wants to make $$ and wants you to move on to the latest and greatest. People are buying these PS3's based on price now. In Sony's case, they are also still making $$ of the PS2 Slim. Seriously, would you maintain or reintroduce a feature that was going to cut into your bottom line by cannibalizing sales for your flagship product, especially when the standalone low-end product was still selling well? Thought not.....

jeffv541
jeffv541

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belekoy
belekoy

ps3 has the best next gen games to be ever developed and released// if ffxiii remained an exclusive then god knows how many people would buy ps3 at release date..

yakkosmurf
yakkosmurf

Unlike MS, Sony has decided to make the PS3 much less proprietary than the XBOX. It interacts fine for streaming music and movies from your PC using WMP. You also get industry standard Bluetooth, so you can hook any BT headset to it...for example.

frazzle00
frazzle00

@meateater79 Yes you can stream videos from your PC with a PS3. Works exactly the same way as with the 360.

meateater79
meateater79

I can run video files from the computer on my 360, you know, for those precious family videos. Does anyone know if the PS3 is capable of doing this? I would be very surprised if it does thru Windows...

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

How many friggin iterations of the system do they need to make? And I bet none of the new ones let you play PS2 games either. I'll stick with my 80 gig MGS4 system. The last one they made where you can play PS2 games.

NEWJERSEY-DEVIL
NEWJERSEY-DEVIL

I"ll stay with my 160gig had the 60gig sorry i mean i had 5 60gigs was just 60gigs of junk maybe after they drop the price

quest2reign
quest2reign

Hey why not wait to get this one. Its only $50 more expensive than the current slim and you more than double the storage capacity.

NYCityREP
NYCityREP

It's time to get rid of the 20 GB I overpaid for. But I'll wait because I really hope Sony releases a US version of the Final Fantasy XIII bundle.

rynmls
rynmls

i want this console big time!!!

Silentme
Silentme

@Nuk1euz 250GB is good for a casual PS3 gamer? Why anyone needs more then 40 GB ill never know, unless you are using it as a media player or storage device( Computers work abit better for this) @patrickanator Ps3 is backwards compatibile. You get what you pay for though. Get an older model which supports it rather then waiting for the price drop and expecting an equal product.

rafaelp11
rafaelp11

they are just making money, but the performance of their PS3 consoles are the all same, they can easily put more than 250 gig or may be 1 terabyte :) if they want to, that's why consumers are waiting for the highest specs so that they won't regret, just like me :( 40gb for $550 so sad... and that's why Sony can't sold much higher number of their consoles., i think they have to lower the price of their video games, that is much better for the gamers hehehe :D

barnold81
barnold81

Does anyone really need 250GB? Seriously? I don't get this. I have hardly used the space on my Xbox 360 Elite, and I'm sure I'll be fine with the PS3 slim's 120GB. This is just pushing unnecessary hardware onto consumers.

VXLbeast
VXLbeast

ANuk1euz: Correct, I would agree with you there. Although I won't be putting any music or movies on my PS3 (when I get it), I am still wondering whether I should get the 120GB or 250GB model.

Nuk1euz
Nuk1euz

@VXLbeast The capacity for the Wii is perfect for the Wii, but nowhere near perfect for PS3. LOL My mp3 collection alone is 45GB, my 'backup' movie collection is 700GB LOL Not everyone is like me, but i would say 250GB is good for a casual PS3 gamer, over the lifetime of the console.

Nuk1euz
Nuk1euz

@patrickanator You wont see that happening until people stop buying PS2 consoles and software. Until then, you'll have to buy the 20GB and 80GB PS3 models. 20GB is 100% backwards compatible, 80GB model *the one i have* WAS 80% backwards compatible when i bought it back when it was released, it is most likely 90+% now.

VXLbeast
VXLbeast

@mikeyg756: The capacity for the Wii is more than enough. I have all the channels, a couple hundred photos, bunches of games, and a couple DLC titles, and the Hard drive isn't even 1/4 full.

VXLbeast
VXLbeast

demon107: Agreed, their prices are ridiculous.

demon107
demon107

beat anything m$ is throwing at us with it's over priced HDD i have 2 buy a 20 HDD 4 50$ from gamestop used cause they nolonger sell 20GB i can get a 500 BG 4 100$ instead of a 60BG for same price who agree M$ need 2 lower HDD

MadGamer132
MadGamer132

SLIM PS3 STILL RULES!!!!!, 250gb for me, my roommate is thinking 120gb.

meateater79
meateater79

250 GB PS3 Slim + Uncharted 2 + Demon's Souls = Very merry Christmas = Lean New Year's (booze-wise) I forgot CoD: MW2. Might as well wean myself from the 360 completely if I do get a PS3.

dwd_27
dwd_27

yess summat that i'm lookin foward 2 my wish list now: uncharted 2 + ps3 slim 250gb

SuperfastSonic
SuperfastSonic

I pity the fools who bought the lesser PS3 slim version last month. When are they ever going to stop making system advancements and just focus on the games instead?

alixkid
alixkid

Wow I'm feeling the pain of the Sony Fanboys today 1st a year ago you paiod $500+ for a ps3 then as off july you still were paying $500 for a Ps3 Now come Sept and they are now $299 for a bair bone system. wow sounds like Sony really cares about Fanboys.

BoMbFuNkMc
BoMbFuNkMc

@PumpkinBoogie, I agree also. If they're going to do that, why not fill up the HDD a bit with videos of upcoming games and movies, demo's, some songs as well. Microsoft do it, it just makes sense. You know what? You could start a new branch in an existing company where you sell 2.5" HDD's preloaded with goodies. EA could do it. They could give away loads of codes to download more goodies. And you could upload your savefiles to the company, who in turn install them for you. So your HDD is just a straight swap. There might be some software issues.. but that could be ironed out by sony.

SavemeJebus24
SavemeJebus24

ive always wanted a PS3, but as i am hitting the ripe old age of 17, financial support is a no no, therefore i have to get a constant job to afford these things >.>

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

@chris_assassin, Yeah I completely agree on that. Personally I never saw the big whoop in doing that; especially when it's so surprisingly easy to upgrade the PS3 HDD w/ just about any compatible laptop SATA drive for dirt cheap. I mean, it ain't like you're getting any other features that are added or that are different from the $299

chris_assassin
chris_assassin

I don't see the point in constantly increasing hard drive size. I got a 60gb and i upgraded it to 500gb for about £50

cjasko94
cjasko94

I don't care about backward compatibility. 1.) I still own my PS2 2.) I'm not buying a Ps3 to play PS2 games. No.

Triton
Triton

Sony and Apple related? Looks like an Ipod Nano / Iphone thing going on and stick'n it to the brand loyal folks.

Burning_Typhoon
Burning_Typhoon

@ mikeyg756 I believe it's 520 MB, or somewhere close to that.

UrbanMessiah
UrbanMessiah

You know, I remember a time when Sony knocked Microsoft for having multiple SKUs, one with a hard drive and one without. Now look at them. -=x Anyway, I figure now may be the time to break down and pick one up...or wait a couple months for yet another SKU and see if one of the smaller drive models drop in price any more. -=x

left4right
left4right

frazzle00 couldn't agree more backward compatibility is more important than larger hdd

Bashers79
Bashers79

@xtremeflem2day correct you don't have to download games to the HD on the 360 but some people, like me, do. It cuts out the disc pin-up noise, and lets face it the Xbox is noisy enough with out it, and supposedly shortens load times (not seen any evidence of that myself TBH though). @frazzle00 I went for the 250GB slim over the 120, because, like you say, the extra 130GB for 30 quid is not bad. I've never owned a PS before (crazy I know) so not interested in back-wards compatibility, but I imagine people who are, probably still have their original PS to play their old games on. I liked your second comment, nice to see someone talking sense and not repeating the same old fan-boy dribble.

Timbydude
Timbydude

Having bought a $400 80GB PS3 in July, I definitely feel a little slighted by Sony in that there was no type of rebate or anything. When Apple cut the price of the iPhone, there was a partial refund to all who had bought it...

frazzle00
frazzle00

@xtremeflem2day 1) Sure $50 for 130 gigs is pretty good, but it does seem that a lot of PS3 owners/prospective buyers would prefer backwards compatibility instead. 2) As to whether it is Sony's year, or MS's year, well that's entirely subjective and pointless to argue about. As long as I have good games to play I honestly couldn't care less what fanboys bicker about (unless I can have a bit of fun at their expense :P). Games are games; the machine they're on is irrelevant.

Excedra
Excedra

"Perfection is once again perfected"

xtremeflem2day
xtremeflem2day

@frazzle00: Pay an extra 50$, get an extra 130 GB. Sounds pretty good to me. Because you dont have to install games on 360, i highly doubt anybody will ever need 250 gb hard drives on 360. At the same time, I hate ps3 fanboys, but i have to admit, this was definitely sony's year, so many good exclusives and features came out, while microsft got only a couple. the ps3 will just downright be a better console. If you ask me, if both microsoft and sony do what they're doing, the ps3 will eventually just downright be a better console.

mikeyg756
mikeyg756

So now both xbox and ps3 have 250 GB hard drives. Say whats the capacity for the Wii again?...

frazzle00
frazzle00

@left4right The question is, is this an effective move against MS? Seriously reading the comments here, and in past related articles, it is clear more people want backwards compatibility than a larger storage space. Surely for the extra $50 Sony could add the more desirable feature. Wouldn't this be a more effective move?

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

I love how so many say it means that early buyers get screwed, but honestly, name me one single product type where the same model remains consistently the same price over time? Prices reducing over time for any product with a life span is just the natural order of things and happens with all items that fall into that category. At the end of the day, if I didn't have my 60gb PS3, i'd seriously consider getting one of these new 250gb models. Although 60gb is enough for me (i just constantly delete unused demos and such for more room...), with 250gb, that monthly/quarterly clearout of data I've been doing would be a less frequent event... but then, I have backwards compatibility as a bit of a sweetener. I wouldn't swap my 60gb original PS3 for any of the other SKUs that have been available