Posted on 19-Aug-2009 11:42
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Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. unveiled the new PlayStation 3 (CECH-2000A) computer entertainment system, featuring a streamlined form factor with a 120GB Hard Disk Drive (HDD).
The new PS3 system will become available in stores from 1st September 2009, in North America, Europe/ PAL territories and Asian countries and regions at recommended retail price of US$299 and €299, respectively. The system will become available in Japan on 3rd September 2009, at a RRP of 29,980 yen (including tax), and also Australia and New Zealand with an RRP of AUD$499.95 and NZD$629.95.
With the introduction of the new PS3 system, SCE will also reduce the price of the current PS3 with 80GB HDD to a RRP of US$299 from August 18, €299 from 19th August (Australia and New Zealand, RRP AUD$499.95 and NZD$629.95 to follow). Also in North America, the price of PS3 with 160GB HDD will be reduced to a RRP of US$399 from 18th August.
The internal design architecture of the new PS3 system, from the main semiconductors and power supply unit to the cooling mechanism, has been completely redesigned, achieving a much slimmer and lighter body. Compared to the very first PS3 model with 60GB HDD, the internal volume as well as its thickness and weight are trimmed down to approximately two-thirds.
The PlayStation 3 (CECH-2000A) comes equipped with a Cell Broadband Engine CPU, a RSX GPU, 256MB XDR main RAM and 256MB GDDR3 VRAM. Networking options include Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T) × 1, Wireless IEEE 802.11 b/g and Bluetooth 2.0 (EDR).
Power consumption is also cut to two-thirds, helping to reduce fan noise. While inheriting the sleek curved body design of the original model, the form factor of the new PS3 system features a new meticulous design with textured surface finish, giving an all new impression and a casual look. With the compact body and casual appearance, the newly introduced model will appeal to a wider audience.
Concurrently with the release of the new PS3 system, SCE will modify the PS3 brand name from “PLAYSTATION 3” to “PlayStation 3”, and introduce a new logo, which is engraved on the surface of the new PS3 system.
The new PS3 offers features and functions of the current models, such as the ability to enjoy high-definition Blu-ray disc (BD) movies and games, as well as various content and services downloadable through the network. With the extra capacity users will be able to store more games, music, photos, videos as well as various content and services available through PlayStation Network.
The platform counts more than 27 million registered accounts around the world. PlayStation Network members can also download free applications, such as PlayStation Home, a 3D social gaming community available on PS3 that allows users to interact, communicate and share gaming experiences, as well as Life with PlayStation, which offers users various news and information on a TV monitor in the living room by connecting the PS3 to the network.
Concurrently with the release of new PS3, system software will be upgraded to version 3.00 on 1st September 2009. The update adds various user-friendly features such as the “What’s New” screen, where users can quickly browse the new items available in PlayStation Store as well as their recently played games directly on the XMB (XrossMediaBar), with short cuts to each piece of content.
The new PS3 system will focus on delivering games and other entertainment content, and users will not be able to install other Operating Systems to the new PS3 system.