PS3 Slim upgrades hard drives in Japan

Sony to release 160GB, 320GB models of console in land of the rising sun; new versions--plus white 160GB model--to go on sale on July 29.

In September, Sony unveiled the PlayStation 3 Slim, a thinner version of its current-gen console that had an improved hard drive capacity as one of its key selling points (not to mention a lower price and sleeker build). It seems Sony isn't done tinkering with capacity, however, with news coming today that the company will soon release new versions of the PS3 Slim in Japan with 160GB and 320GB hard drives built in.

Higher capacity PS3 Slims set for Japan.

The new models will go on sale on July 29 in Japan, with the 160GB retailing for ¥29,980 ($342) and the 320GB version selling for ¥34,980 ($399). While both versions will come in the charcoal black finish of current Slim models, the 160GB version will also be made available in white, with matching Dual Shock 3s and console stands priced at ¥5,500 and ¥2,000, respectively.

According to a release on Sony Japan's Web site, the company will also offer a PlayStation 3 Terrestrial Digital Recorder Pack, which will be made up of a Torne digital video recorder and a 160GB charcoal black system. This will retail for ¥36,980 ($423). The Torne is a TiVo-style PS3 digital television receiver and video recorder that was first unveiled for the Japanese market earlier this year.

As for the current 120GB model, Sony looks to be discontinuing the line, with the company's press release stating that to coincide with the launch of the new models, the street price of the 120GB PS3 will be left for Japanese retailers to decide.

While the new models are confirmed for Japan, there's no official word on whether they will make it to Western markets. A spokesperson for Sony Computer Entertainment Australia said that the company would "consider every possibility based on the market demands, but have nothing to announce at this time."

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125 comments
yukinaze
yukinaze

wow nice... (^_^) someday the ps3 slim will work on 1T hard disk...

mxazteca
mxazteca

thanks for the info arbrooks28, if they'll drop the 250gig to 299, the 120 gig should probably drop to 249!!!!!!!!!!!!

arbrooks28
arbrooks28

They'll probably drop the price of the 250 gig PS3 to 299, release the 320 here at 399.

SneekyRatchet
SneekyRatchet

@Darth_SupleX...i did but im really looking forward to a new slim ps3 =P

CHANCESUNDANCE
CHANCESUNDANCE

yeah ,i really need more space...got nearly 100gb of 720p pron on my PS3 (slim 120gb) :(

richioso
richioso

@jshaas Didn't know that, fair play.

Darth_SupleX
Darth_SupleX

@SneekyRatchet ...never considered the well known HDD swap feature of our dear PS3?

SneekyRatchet
SneekyRatchet

im getting a new ps3 slim with the move in sept. my fat ones good but 80gbs is crap i'm always deleting game data to make room for demos or new games, so if they have these out by sept. im getting it (i hope they make a 500gb ps3)

lrsp
lrsp

I am planning to buy a slim in late September so I hope they make up their minds by then!

grungeman91
grungeman91

I have an 80 gig PS3 with a 320 gig hard drive, I've got no need to get another one but the white PS3 sure looks amazing though.

kangaox
kangaox

hmmm Hope the White comes out down under! was just about to get a 250 gig upgrade from 40, but thinks il wait to see

BladeTrinity114
BladeTrinity114

@kavadias1981 Yeah, to be honest, there's nothing that could happen to the Blu-rays.. In fact, I think somebody at Sony confirmed that..

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

@BladeTrinity114 Yeah I think I might have heard that too. Still. BD are tough cookies aint they. Hopefully they can bare the burning.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

@MacenKrace Nah ventilation isn't an issue. I actually popped the thing on a little table in the centre of my room and it got just as hot. Even with no disc in. Still, in the winter, i can always turn my PS3 around and warm my feet on the warm air coming out of it lol. I like the grill idea tho. might give that a try.

RadicalToenail
RadicalToenail

Got a 500GB HDD in my fat PS3. Don't need to buy a new system. Though white is nice. I could just paint mine though.

gbrading
gbrading moderator

With hard drives that size you could basically install every game.

edant79
edant79

Shoot, I feel like a loser now. I'm still rollin with an old school PS3 with a 40 gig. ...but don't worry kiddies, I make up for my lack of gig in other ways. (wink, wink)

blacklodus
blacklodus

Just buy a seagate 640 gig and slap it in l got it at best buy for 89 dollars lol. l bought a brand new PS3 slim 120 gig and pulled it out and slapped the 640 gig in it took a total of 15 to 20 mins from start to finish to format and start playing games . its nice knowing that l can install all of the 140 plus games that allow me to if l want. and still have a ton of room . even with the extended warranty and upgraded hard drive it still is cheaper then the new 320 gig ..

metalmasterW
metalmasterW

hmm..if these come US way then i may get one ....ive wanting a slim

Bond007uk
Bond007uk

Good if you don't already have a large hard drive. Remember you can use almost any 2.5" SATA laptop hard drive with the PS3.

Redflametrow
Redflametrow

@gslimjim08 I've been unable to find it on two slims. It isn't at the same spot at least. I have the original model so I haven't thoroughly inspected it. I don't like applying too much force to random parts of systems so more force might have reveled an opening. I was considering using my hard drive as a memory card so that I'd only need to take it and a screwdriver to use my data.

goki1012
goki1012

@cjasko94 Just make sure that baby has good ventilation ;) It's huge!

TheLostBorieals
TheLostBorieals

Does anyone really need 320 GB of hard drive space? LOL

JaksCreed
JaksCreed

i still have the launch 80gb ps3 and i have plenty of memory left

mxazteca
mxazteca

so what will be the price for the 120 gb?

Kravyn81
Kravyn81

The white one should be 320GB too.

ASG_
ASG_

@goki1012 you'd be surprised how fast space gets filled up (i'm looking at you, mgs4)

CHANCESUNDANCE
CHANCESUNDANCE

I want a PS3 in the color Silver and the new XBO360 slim in transparent color ...

goki1012
goki1012

isn't 360gb the size of a computer's hdd? why do video game consoles need this much space!?! but hey, white is pretty kicka**

goki1012
goki1012

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Zackarias-313
Zackarias-313

Why do people freak out about the larger hdd's and console prices when you can easily upgrade the one you've got? I recently saw a 500GB Sony hdd brand new on eBay for around $100. Just sync your system before swapping out the hdd's to save your trophy data and buy a memory stick to back up your saves. Super cheap and easy :)

nickythenewt21
nickythenewt21

If they release a 320 GB model in the US for an affordable price, it just might push me over the edge into finally buying one.

gslimjim08
gslimjim08

@Redflametrow negative, it is indeed possible to upgrade ur hard drive the same way you did with the original ps3s

AceCometh
AceCometh

@Nerkle01 I am with you on this. So far, I haven't had a need to upgrade my hdd. It may happen eventually, though. I won't be buying a new system for it though. Especially since I got a backwards compatible one!

zzamaro
zzamaro

@leeko_link don't want to offend you man but that sounded dumb, I'm not sure what the limit is but I think is about 700GB, I think it cannot reach 1TB anyway, a 400GB HDD is about 80-130 USD so you get the picture unless you want to ged an HDD from Microsoft which are very expensive, 250GB for 130 USD

cjasko94
cjasko94

I upgraded my launch PS3 too 500GB ^^

leeko_link
leeko_link

So I guess Sony will keep making new models of the PS3 throughout its lifespan until it hits 1TG then. Now how expensive will that be?

Redflametrow
Redflametrow

@Nerkle01 The slim models are unable to switch out hard drives. You may have to use an external hard drive to increase capacity. Just saying that it is hard for some people.

melty3219
melty3219

What the point? there is no content to fill up the hard drives as it is, so why bother to keep adding more and more space.

aryeec
aryeec

i STILL need to get a ps3...

Nerkle01
Nerkle01

this is good for the people who dont know how to swap out hdd's. But its also good to have all these sku's becuz now anyone can get any type of PS3 they want. *60gb launch Ps3 owner*

arcelonious
arcelonious

I think a lot of people are not realizing that these newer models aren't really targeting existing PS3 owners, but largely just people who have yet to buy a PS3. Sony is essentially just updating their current console models with bigger hard drives, probably because the cost is cheaper to make them. If you don't have a PS3 yet, you're essentially getting more for roughly the same price as you would have gotten last year. If you do own a PS3, then you don't have to worry about spending money on replacing your working console, when you can just upgrade the HDD yourself. I don't really see why people are complaining.

one_of_panda
one_of_panda

Now if the states would only get a white PS3...but I already have the black slim...Oh well...

ilton45
ilton45

@soulreaper-4 How does it affect you? At all? This seems more like neutral news to me. It affects japanese people who don't have a ps3 and are considering buying one, if that.

Trogeton
Trogeton

OK for all the ps3 bashers.. if you don't own a ps3 or ever plan to you really need STFU and GTFO and stop jabbering on like someone is listening none of these adults want to hear you whinning