Sony has announced that the rumoured PS3 super-slim model is indeed in production... and it's coming to the UK sooner than you might expect. The skinny console will be available to buy on September 28th with a 500GB hard drive, costing €299.99 in a bundle with FIFA 13, Wonderbook or Assassin's Creed III.
A cheaper 12GB version will release on October 12th for €229.99 standalone. However, UK retailers have been given free rein in terms of setting their own prices.
The 4000 series is 25% smaller and 20% lighter than the PS3 slim. We've got the totally riveting specifications below. [Thanks to RiKx and ODB for spotting this story early and keeping us up to date.]
PlayStation (CECH-4000 series)
- Product name - PlayStation 3
- Release date - UK: September 28th, 2012 (HDD 500GB), October 12th , 2012 (Flash Memory 12GB)
- Product code - CECH-4000series (Charcoal Black / Classic White)
- CPU - Cell Broadband Engine
- GPU - RSX
- Audio output - LPCM 7.1ch, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD, AAC.
- Memory - 256MB XDR Main RAM, 256MB GDDR3 VRAM
- Storage size - CECH-4000A: Flash Memory 12GB, CECH-4000B: HDD 500GB1
- Inputs/Outputs - USB 2.0
- Networking - Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T) × 1, IEEE 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth® 2.0 (EDR)
- Controller - Wireless Controller Bluetooth
- AV output - Resolution: 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i (for PAL 576p, 576i)
- HDMI OUT connector - 1
- AV MULTI OUT connector - 1
- Digital out (optical) connector - 1
- BD/DVD/CD drive (read only)
- Maximum read rate - BD × 2 (BD-ROM), DVD × 8 (DVD-ROM), CD × 24 (CD-ROM)
- Power - AC 220 - 240, 50/60Hz
- Power consumption - Approx. 190W
- External dimensions - (excluding maximum projecting part ) Approx. 290 × 60 × 230 mm (width × height × length)
- Mass - Approx. 2.1kg
- Included - PlayStation 3 system × 1, Wireless Controller (DualShock 3) × 1, AC power cord × 1, AV cable × 1, USB cable × 1
So what will Santa be bringing you this Christmas? A Wii U? Or A Super-Slim? Or, erm, neither?