Sony unveils super-slim PS3

Sony is to launch a new smaller, lighter version of the PlayStation 3 console on September 28th

The updated console is half the weight and volume of the original machine and will be available in two specifications: one with a 500GB hard drive, and the other, a budget version with a 12GB flash memory. The new version retains the curved styling of its predecessors and once again features a Blu-ray drive for playing HD games and movies.

Owners are also able to use the hard drive to store photos and videos as well as digital games. Buyers of the limited 12GB flash version will be able to attach an external hard drive to boost capacity if needed.

Sony will allow stores to set the retail price for the new super slim consoles. However, the price of the 500GB model is expected to be around £245, and the budget version around £185.

The company also confirmed that its PlayStation Mobile platform will launch on October 3rd. The service offers PlayStation certified games on compatible Android handsets and tablets.

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