Sony announced a new PlayStation 3 model earlier today in Tokyo, featuring a slimmer, lighter design. The new model will come in 250GB and 500GB versions, and will be available in black and white.
However, the new PS3 model will differ slightly for PAL regions, including Australia and New Zealand.
While the 500GB version will be identical, the version replacing the current 250GB model will come as a 12GB flash memory model. Users who buy this model will be able to upgrade to an HDD, but will lose the 12GB as internal storage when they do. According to Sony, a 250GB HDD will be released alongside the new PS3.
Sony confirmed that the 500GB model will retail for A$399.95 (NZ$519.95), and the 12GB flash memory model will retail for A$299.95 (NZ$399.95).
The 500GB model will be available in Australia and New Zealand from September 27. The 12GB flash memory model will launch in Australia on September 27, and in New Zealand on October 18.