Australian Pricing And Release Date For The New PlayStation 3 Confirmed

Earlier today Sony announced that a new PlayStation 3 model, 25% smaller and 20% lighter than the current models, has been released. Sony Australia has just confirmed these consoles will be released in Australia, and informed us of the price you'll be paying locally.

The console will be available on September 27, with the 500GB model retailing at $399.95, while the 12GB version is on-sale at the cheaper price of $299.95. Australia will not be receiving the 250GB model.

Both the charcoal black and classic white colours will be available at launch, and EB seem pretty quick on the ball — it's already offering trade in prices and bundles with the new console.


    well at the moment i'm using 11gb of my 320gb't think i'll worry about the 500gb...

    12GB version, not 250GB version Mark...

      Ah, all the other outlets are saying 250gb, or am I missing some joke here?

        It's 12GB, with the option of purchasing an official 250GB HDD (or any other compatible one). Think along the lines of the 4GB Xbox.
        Yep 12GB

        Australia will be getting a model that has 12GB of flash memory, you will still have the ability to drop a hard drive in later, but will lose access to that 12GB

          Really? Kinda sucks. My 360 was a 4GB version. When I bought a HDD for it I could still access the 4GB storage.

          Although, for the extra $100 you pay for the 500GB version you could buy a 750/1TB HDD and drop it in.

    I can imagine the EB Games promo.
    "Trade in your old PS3 and 3 games and save $100 off your new model PS3!"

      Haha, pretty close.
      From the website - "500GB model Only $198 when you trade in your your 160GB slim. $398 without trade."

        Also, this deal comes with two games (God of War, Little Big Planet, Fifa 13 & Borderlands 2).

    I'm assuming 12GB is a typo for 128GB

    Sorry guys. Fixed. :) Double checking with Sony as well, but pretty sure it's 12GB flash memory or 500GB.

    Looks terrible, just like Sony.

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    PlayStation 3 offers the ultimate in gaming and home entertainment at brilliant value for money, and it's now available in an eye-catching design that is bound to turn heads in your living room.

    Available from 27 September 2012, the new PS3 system is available in a wallet-friendly 12GB version (AU$299.95RRP) and a whopping 500GB model (AU$399.95RRP). So whether you're after instant access to memorable, fun-packed evenings with the family, or want to load up your system with tons of fantastic entertainment, we've got the right PS3 for you.

    The new console offers you the flexibility to tailor your PS3 experience to suit your needs: start off with the 12GB model and then from November ramp up the capacity by connecting a dedicated 250GB Hard Disk Drive.

    To tie in with the launch, PlayStation Store for PS3 is set to get a new look from October 2012 too, making it even easier for you to find and download the content you love from the comfort of your sofa.

      start off with the 12GB model and then from November ramp up the capacity by connecting a dedicated 250GB Hard Disk Drive.?
      Like a dedicated online storage maybe?

        It says HDD so I'm assuming it'll be a piece of hardware, like the drives you can get for XBox.

      How is a $300 console wallet friendly!!? I thought by this point in the cycle they'd be aiming for $200 (please note I bought a 360 Arcade in 2009 for only $200, surely this 12GB has similar functionality)

      TLDR: Sony is going to have a pretty shocking Xmas at those prices!

        And in previous generations, consoles were well below the $150 mark by now... milking this gen for every dollar they can

        If Sony were in a financial position to reduce the price they would. They know it's the one thing holding back sales, but they just can not afford to do it. The reason the PS2 got so cheap was there were 150 million of them, which meant lots and lots of money in games and accessory sales. Sony do not have that luxury, so the pricing model is different.

        Maybe the PS4 won't be so god damn expensive and have crappy ports of games in its first two years and it will take off, allowing Sony to have a 200 dollar PS4 in 2018.

          Yeah you'd think when it comes to PS4 they'd drop all the extra processors seeing as very few devs ever got the most out of them.

          I'd consider getting a PS3 (they've got lots of games I'd like to try) if they got to $200, but anything over is just unneccessary given I'll still got tonnes of unfinished games on the 360.

          Frankly if the were trying to pitch themselves as an alternative to buying a Wii U then they've failed dismally.

    I will be getting the 12gb version just to play The Last of Us

    WTB the american 250gb one with free uncharted 3. WTH is this stupid $299 one

    This... is basically the same price? The RRP of the 12gb model is $50 less than the 160gb was a month ago. What is the advantage of the new model if not that it is cheaper???

      I guess at least it allows you to choose your own HDD option - obviously you couldn't really go very far with just the 12Gb.

      But you can get a 320Gb 2.5" SATA drive for under $60, so you could buy the 12Gb and drop in one of those and it'd work out pretty close to the price of the current 160Gb but with a 320Gb drive.

      Likewise, if you wanted more than 500Gb, you could buy the 12Gb version and buy a 1Tb drive for around a hundred bucks. So you could actually put together your own 1Tb version for the same price as the out-of-the-box 500Gb version.

      It's cheaper for Sony to build it so they make more money from each sale.. to hell with the consumer, I guess..

    I am pretty sure I read earlier this morning (I think engadget or joystiq) that the 12GB model is a SSD.

    EB will have the 500GB model for $398 with Borderlands 2 and Fifa 13.

      Wrong learn to read its fifa 13 or borderlands 2

        eggt on my face, bundle has since changed, aint much different between JB or EB really and both will price match anyways.

    I don't get it. Why release yet another version of the PS3. What is the point?

      hopefully this revision isn't noisy, i will buy one if makes less noise and is more heat efficient, slims run hot idle no matter what position you put them in

        Well I've still got my original launch day 'fat' PS3. So don't know about the slim.

      Manufacturing methods change and become cheaper. Companies usually lose money on the sale of consoles, so if they can manufacture them in a way which is cheaper and they can start making a profit, I think that is a pretty good reason. Don't you?

    So what's stopping someone from buying the 12gb and chucking a cheap laptop drive in there? Even a 500gb drive can be foubd for as cheap as $50...

    What madness is this?The original PS3 slim has been on sale over here for as low as $250.

      Exactly what I was thinking. Kmart/Target had the 250GB's pretty cheap not long ago, less than $250, and yet the RRP on the 12GB is $299? Considering the 4GB Xbox 360 Slim was available for $180 for around 1-2 months before/after Christmas, Sony have taken the wrong road to get to the cheaper option.

        You seem to forget that it was part of and only for their toy sale

    Haha, EB Games crack me up. What if I want to trade my 40GB PS3? $20 off, perhaps?

    That would be right the day after eb ship my 160gb

    As for JB deals
    12GB is $259 on its own or $299 with NFS hot pursuit, MIB3 bluray and HDMI cable.
    500GB is $399 with Fifa 13, NFS hot pursuit, MIB3 bluray and HDMI cable

    250GB - $269 (Uncharted 3/Dust 514 Bundle), this is the U.S. price so we pay $30 more get no games and a tiny useless 12GB storage that's properly not even enough to install BF3 and DLC or plain vanilla GT3.
    Makes Nintendo's aussie tax seem reasonable.

    I'm still using the fat original ps3. And I still think it looks the best out of all the models.

    Lol @ the australia tax put on this.

    "Overpriced electronics, so where the Bloody-Hell are ya"

    Perfect time for Dick Smith to launch an cheap console...

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