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Sony Readies 320GB White PS3 Slim

Want a PS3 Slim in white? Want it with a larger hard drive? Well guess what…

Sony has today announced it will launch a new PS3 "classic white" line with a choice of 160GB and 320GB editions. Matching white Dualshock3 wireless controllers and stands will also be made available.

Naturally enough, the new models will go on sale in Japan first with a launch date of 29 July, no US and European dates have been revealed as yet but given they have already passed through the Yanks' FCC (Federal Communications Commission) it is safe to say the West will be getting them at some point in the not too distant future.

For SKU fans out there (yes, they exist) the white 160GB and 320GB models will be known as the CECH-2500A and CECH-2500B – the current black editions on sale now are the CECH-2100A and CECH-2100B. The white controller is CECH-ZC2J LW and the white stand is CECH-ZS1J LW.

Prices in Japan will be 29,980 yen (£224) and 34,980 yen (£262) depending on whether you'll need that extra storage or not. Now if only Sony had a black version to better match A/V equipment and made the HDD easy to swap out… oh. wait.

Link: Sony Japan Press Release (In, yep, Japanese)

chrismbroome

July 6, 2010, 6:42 pm

Sony are a strange bunch, from my experience with them its all about money. Why they bringing out these different versions of PS3's?. I still have my old 60GB model and that's all you need. Why waste hours of engineers time building different colors, sizes and flavors.





Trade in your old PS3 for a upgrade at a discount is what they should offer not leave us behind and make us feel like we are yesterdays customer.

Max

July 6, 2010, 6:51 pm

We hope it isn't long wait, but we are still waiting for the white and silver PS3s that Japan got in the older model...

Den

July 6, 2010, 6:54 pm

@chrismbroome - Sony are a business, of course it about money. lol. I doubt they are releasing this in the hope people upgrade as it's a sideways step. I'm glad Sony release new shapes and colours. It keeps an old design fresh for new buyers. I already have a PS3 in the living room and would consider getting a white one for the bedroom.

Zero

July 6, 2010, 7:02 pm

You are 100% right Sony is a great company who make immense products, but where they seriously go wrong is releasing something with no real + side to it over its predecessor. This can be said for there DSLR Cameras there mobile phones and there mp3 players. Soon enough they will get knocked off the top and end up in the gutter - I hope not. This PS3 is no different to the 250GB slim one so I I wont be going out buying. Maybe its been done because Xbox have there new model??? If that is true what a waste of utter time!!!

hankb6d

July 6, 2010, 7:11 pm

Looks very tempting like a magnum white, now should I jump ship from the other side.

DrDark

July 6, 2010, 7:11 pm

@chrismbroome: I need to find a better name for my theory but it's about "share of consciousness within your mind". Repeating the same (great) features over and over again doesn't make consumers notice stuff any more (or get news headlines in mags or on tech sites). So there has to be a new feature here or there, or a UI redesign, or a new colour.





That said, it does seem odd timing. I would've thought closer to the holidays would be a smarter timeframe.

Andy0d2

July 6, 2010, 7:21 pm

It takes about 2 minutes to physically replace the hard drive and thus create a bigger size. Addtionally the same moulds will be used for the case just different coloured plastic. Its hardly a huge expense to sony. I agree though that theres still no reason to trade in your old console.

Jmac

July 6, 2010, 7:26 pm

@chrismbroome - if your old 60GB model is all you need, why are you bothered about trading it in for an upgrade, whether or not at a discount? Need more storage? Just swap the drive out for pretty much any 2.5" SATA 500GB (or larger?) drive. Apart from that, you've got backwards compatibility and SACD support, which the new PS3s lack. The only advantages are lower power draw, tweaks to the A/V output (CEC and HD bitstreaming) and (depending on personal preference) aesthetics. Personally I far prefer the glossy, chunky original PS3 over the slender matt slim.





The real reason for the slim was to reduce Sony's manufacturing costs. Why are you complaining about that?

J4cK1505

July 6, 2010, 7:44 pm

Response to the new xbox maybe?

Max

July 6, 2010, 8:00 pm

I just heard that the 2501A has got further cost reductions in it so should run even cooler than the 2101A (which was 65W in XMB and 85W in game FWIW). Not sure what the reductions are, but my guess is GDDR and XDR moving to the 40nm node now that TSMC and Samsung have the capacity. It's probably why Kaz said Sony make a profit on their hardware now.

HarryGlass

July 6, 2010, 8:36 pm

@chrismbroome: They've just added an extra colour, I don't see how this is them trying to cash in. Nobody is expecting you to sell your old model to get this.





@Zero: Learn grammar, it's "their". Reading your post was painful. Sony do what every company do, minor refreshes every year there's no reason to point them out specially for this practice. Even if the new version doesn't warrant an upgrade from the previous version it keeps them up to date and in competition with their competitors.

Robovski

July 6, 2010, 8:57 pm

I upgraded my 80GB model 2 months ago to 640GB as I use it as a media center and as a games console. More space is good, but white? Really?

MrGodfrey

July 6, 2010, 10:36 pm

chrismbroome: As others have pointed out, 60Gb is certainly not enough for everyone. In addition to the size of game installs, bear in mind that many also use the PS3 as a media centre, and movies and music can fill up 60Gb pretty quick. As many have pointed out, it's easy to switch out the PS3 hard drive (the hardest part is finding the right screwdriver). But for many that is still too technical, so it makes sense to release models with a higher capacity.





As for upgrading at a discount, consider that Microsoft just released a new XBox 360 that features additional USB ports, is significantly smaller, and is more ready for Natal/Kinect - in other words a significant improvement on the previous model. But did they offer a discounted upgrade for those who bought a 360 in the weeks or months prior to the announcement of the new model? They did not. Why should Sony be uniquely generous in this regard?





Personally I do wish they'd offer something more than just different colours and capacity. I'd prefer that they look back to the original PS3, and give us an option with extra USB ports and card reader. The new 360 has three more USB ports, which is odd since the PS3 is far superior as a media centre (I didn't say superior overall - put away the knives!)

smc8788

July 6, 2010, 11:07 pm

@Robovski - What, does Apple have a patent on the colour white? :P

rav

July 6, 2010, 11:32 pm

I think the white looks great. Wouldn't mind swapping my black slim for one.





Go Holland!!!

DrDark

July 7, 2010, 12:04 am

Didn't they release a limited edition white one(original model) years ago? I'm pretty sure they did, I remember referencing it in a thread months ago.





@Rav: What's Holland got to do with it? Are they releasing an Orange version? That reminds me: did you know carrots were originally purple?

rav

July 7, 2010, 3:25 am

@DrDark


My cousin's got the white fat PS3 from Japan.





Given the match and TR's Dutch friendly colour scheme I got caught up in the moment!

Robovski

July 8, 2010, 3:10 am

@smc8788 Apple probably tried, but black is classy, timeless, and goes well with my media equipment - unlike my Wii.

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