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Sony Reveals New PS3, PS+ For Vita, Not Much Else

Not much happened for Western players at Sony's Tokyo Game Show press conference, and it didn't show The Last Guardian.

In a press conference unsurprisingly targeted at a Japanese audience, Sony’s Tokyo Game Show press conference didn’t feature much in the way of major new announcements (for us).

No, there was nothing new about The Last Guardian.

Confirming rumors, the company revealed a third iteration of PlayStation 3, a new model that goes on sale September 25 (yes, next week) over here for $269.99. It’s a 50% size reduction over the original PS3, 25% over the already skinny PS3 Slim, and the hard drive’s upgraded to 250GB and 500GB. The 250GB model goes on sale September 25 with a copy of Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception and other digital goodies. The 500GB model arrives October 30 with Assassin’s Creed III.

For the record, my Xbox 360 (a launch model) still has a 20GB hard drive. I’m cheap and sad.

The increasingly attractive PlayStation Plus service is also coming to Vita, and won’t cost anything to existing subscribers on PS3. According to the PlayStation Blog, that rolls out in November, and includes access to unspecified free games, an additional 1GB of cloud storage, discounts on games and downloable content, automatic updates ala PS3, and automatic trophy syncing. The last two are a complete joke for a premium service, by the way.

The recent acquisition of cloud gaming platform Gaikai was mentioned, but it wasn’t clear when any new features would be rolled out for PS3, Vita, or if it’s being saved for an unannounced platform.

New Vita models--Blue, Red--were announced, but no word on a price drop.

Keiji Inafune’s Soul Sacrifice was shown, though it was also delayed until next spring. Muramasa: The Demon Blade is getting a Vita port. Namco Bandai also announced a sequel to its Monster Hunter-esque God Eater series.

(Thanks to Twitter user @Cheesemeister3k for the excellent translation of the event.)

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Posted by PillClinton

All seems pretty ok, but why does it look like that? I mean that top/side with the ridged plastic that looks like it's cracked down the middle? That's fugly.

Posted by PenguinDust

I don't get it. You can buy a new PS3 right now for less from Wal-mart. Yes, the HDD isn't as monstrous, but shouldn't Sony be trying to lower the price rather than raise it for the intended demographic?

"For the record, my Xbox 360 (a launch model) still has a 20GB hard drive. I’m cheap and sad."

Mine, too Patrick. That's because for a long time an upgrade cost $120. I wasn't about to pay that when I could get a 500 gig external for half that. Now that they've come down, I just don't see a point to buying a bigger drive when the new consoles are right around the corner (so to speak).

Posted by KlUMZeE

I like the redesign, it looks slick. As for The Last Guardian? I'm really beginning to doubt that it'll ever see the light of day.

Edited by bkfountain

Did sony just do the first base model price increase for a console ever?

6 years into the console and a couple revisions later, and they bump the price up by $20. Hilarious. Maybe they're going to slowly increase the price of the ps3 so the $600 ps4 doesn't look as bad.

Posted by SatelliteOfLove

Dibs on the term "PS3 Scrawny"!
 
It's odd the tone of the piece being what it is, when it should be "Japanese-only cell phone shit sucking up talent and stuff that will come out here".

Posted by GrantHeaslip

It's a little weird they didn't somehow manage to get a $200 model out, but I get the sense Sony isn't in a position to take a loss of system sales right now. The leaks earlier on about this model made it sound like it was all about getting the manufacturing cost down.

Posted by bkfountain

@GrantHeaslip said:

It's a little weird they didn't somehow manage to get a $200 model out, but I get the sense Sony isn't in a position to take a loss of system sales right now. The leaks earlier on about this model made it sound like it was all about getting the manufacturing cost down.

It's natural to get the manufacturing costs down after being out for 6 years. What's crazy is that this cheap ass console is actually raising the base price to $269 from $249.

Posted by GrantHeaslip

@bkfountain said:

@GrantHeaslip said:

It's a little weird they didn't somehow manage to get a $200 model out, but I get the sense Sony isn't in a position to take a loss of system sales right now. The leaks earlier on about this model made it sound like it was all about getting the manufacturing cost down.

It's natural to get the manufacturing costs down after being out for 6 years. What's crazy is that this cheap ass console is actually raising the base price to $269 from $249.

That's exactly what I mean -- I thought it was going to come with a price drop. They must just be taking bigger profits on each one sold now.

Posted by bkfountain

@GrantHeaslip said:

@bkfountain said:

@GrantHeaslip said:

It's a little weird they didn't somehow manage to get a $200 model out, but I get the sense Sony isn't in a position to take a loss of system sales right now. The leaks earlier on about this model made it sound like it was all about getting the manufacturing cost down.

It's natural to get the manufacturing costs down after being out for 6 years. What's crazy is that this cheap ass console is actually raising the base price to $269 from $249.

That's exactly what I mean -- I thought it was going to come with a price drop. They must just be taking bigger profits on each one sold now.

This is Sony being content with just making money the rest of the gen instead of trying to sell more consoles. It would be insane if the ps3 or 360 have no real price drops this holiday, but they apparently don't care anymore. Looks like crappy bundles until the new consoles launch.

Edited by Gunharp

@shades846 said:

so still no N class wifi upgrade that nearly all newist devices have had for three years ?

No consoles support the 5GHZ band :( Even the Xbox 360 is only 2.4GHZ (N/G/B), its useless and weak. I have all my consoles hooked up to a switch, which is hooked up to a nice little wireless adapter.

Posted by l4wd0g

This redesign indicates that the PS4 will not be released in 2013

Posted by shades846

@Gunharp: the wii U at least will support normal N at least out of the box.

Posted by _Chad

I have a Vita and I'm a Plus member so that sounds good to me. I should probably get a bigger memory card.

Posted by Scrawnto

I'll probably pick up the 250GB one. I was already thinking of getting a PS3, since I've never had a Sony product, there are a few PSN games I'd like to play, and I'd like to get a Blu-Ray player.

Posted by GaspoweR

So i guess the next Generation PS might still be still be 2 years off but I'm guessing they might be doing a reveal come next year

Posted by HarlequinRiot

I was surprised to see so many people complain about this design (not here). I think it looks fine, especially from the company that, in my opinion, made terrible looking consoles up until the PS3 slim (which is saved by its plain-ness). The grill on top is odd, but the it has a nice profile overall. The top-sliding tray is crazy though, very strange choice.

Posted by SaturdayNightSpecials

All I can think of is string cheese, or celery.

Not feeling it.

Posted by Peanut

@whatisdelicious said:

@Peanut: Auto-patching and trophy sync are both convenience features. You don't need them. My PS3 experience was totally fine without them, and it's totally fine with them. Nobody else offers auto-patching (on consoles) so I'm fine with the idea that it's locked behind a paywall. Even Steam doesn't offer overnight patching. But multiplayer? If you don't pay for Gold, it's not like you get cheaper games because they don't have access to multiplayer; you still have to pay the same $60 for games where a big chunk of the development cost went to developing multiplayer that you'll never be able to play until you fork out another $60/year. That's fucking ridiculous.

So yeah, locking up overnight patching and trophy sync behind a paywall is not that big of a deal.

It also doesn't take the ridiculous amount of time to patch on the 360 that it does on the PS3. Everything about keeping that piece of hardware and its software up to date is an absolute nightmare. 360 updates take LITERAL seconds and with a full system update 5 minutes max. Again, I'm not defending Microsofts awful policies. I'm saying both consoles and both their paid programs are flawed. End.

Posted by ashogo

@GrantHeaslip said:

@bkfountain said:

@GrantHeaslip said:

It's a little weird they didn't somehow manage to get a $200 model out, but I get the sense Sony isn't in a position to take a loss of system sales right now. The leaks earlier on about this model made it sound like it was all about getting the manufacturing cost down.

It's natural to get the manufacturing costs down after being out for 6 years. What's crazy is that this cheap ass console is actually raising the base price to $269 from $249.

That's exactly what I mean -- I thought it was going to come with a price drop. They must just be taking bigger profits on each one sold now.

200 would be a definite sweet spot in convincing me to get one, but upping the price makes me want it less.

Posted by ExplodeMode

500 is getting silly. Especially this late in the game. What percent of customers actually end up using 1/5th of that? I'm sure they would appreciate paying less for the system a lot more.

I've had 160 since 2008 and I'm at 80gb free right now.

Posted by Blimble

If they had made this a cheaper model I would probably have got one but paying the same just for a slightly smaller one just isn't an attractive deal

Posted by NeoZeon

@BradGrenz said:

@Anund said:

You know what's a complete joke for a subscription service? Getting f-ing access to the online component of the games I buy. Until that changes, I want no complants about anything in PS+.

No kidding. We're talking about a feature the competition doesn't even offer while they instead lock stuff you're already paying for behind additional pay walls.

Between that and the ads blanketing the screen while trying to find a game, I'm glad my 360 red ringed so much...well not glad per se, but it gave me great reasons to buy a PS3. I have no reason to look back.

Also - Muramasa? Hell yes!

Posted by NeoZeon

@Orange_Pork said:

@Stinky51012: "Microsoft's service is bad" is not an excuse to not make PS+ better.

It already is pretty good. Not sure what else people could want out of it honestly. And, no, I don't think automatic updates and trophies syncing is something to really care about. If you turn the system on more than once a week the problem usually takes care of itself.

Posted by Sooty

Those promo shots make this thing look way nicer than it actually is. One ugly console!

Posted by Solh0und

Looks like a hybrid of the fat and slim PS3s

Posted by Wolf3

So can you still use your own harddrive in the Playstation 3: 3.0? I put a 120GB Intel SSD in my Playstation 3: 2, 'cause don't need much storage space in a console, but it probably helped with New Vegas, which pulls from the hard drive all the time. (Every loading screen I figured 'hey, I'm saving time!')

Posted by Wolf3

@muralbat: The Wii U is a 6 year old piece of hardware too. Same boat. And I still don't see $250-300ish as expensive today for a reasonably powerful console. I mean these things were like $180 back in the 90s, so that's less than inflation even, and they're as comparatively powerful probably.

Posted by muralbat

@Wolf3: Not even going to give you a second of my time trying to explain the Wii hardware to you, if your that uninformed to make the above statement, then your already lost

Posted by IrrelevantJohn

Isn't this the PS3 model that takes away the 1080p from the component cable connections? Then again why do I care since I use HDMI.

Anyways, I think this model would be interesting if they told us how much power it draws. If it's only cosmetics then this is pointless unless you don't own a PS3 yet.

Posted by UnsolvedParadox

I turned on my Vita for the first time in months last night, updated the system software and eagerly checked out the game store. Even with modest expectations, I was really disappointed.

How has the system garnered so few "full" game releases, along with a really small selection of digital only games? Did Sony somehow believe that a selection of PSOne titles compatible with the Vita would make up for one of the worst first year software libraries for a new device in gaming history? I really want Sony to turn this around and justify my launch day purchase of the Vita, but I'm growing increasingly frustrated at the lack of commitment to the platform.

Posted by BlackLagoon

@UnsolvedParadox said:

How has the system garnered so few "full" game releases, along with a really small selection of digital only games?

There was a real dearth of new games during the summer. Sony was probably so focused on the launch, that they neglected the months afterwards. Things should be picking up now, with LittleBigPlanet coming out and new retail releases every week of October.

Posted by SupberUber

Looks better than the first slim model.

Posted by LiquidPrince

@patrickklepek said:

Muramasa: The Demon Blade is getting a Vita port.

FUCKING AWESOME! My favorite Wii game gets a port! I want!

Posted by YukoAsho

@GaspoweR said:

So i guess the next Generation PS might still be still be 2 years off but I'm guessing they might be doing a reveal come next year

Honestly, I think Sony and MS are looking to see if the Wii U takes off like the Wii did. Personally, I think that unless the Wii U is a huge hit outside of the traditional Nintendo fanbase, Sony and MS can get away with a price drop next year since both systems aren't exactly doing poorly in the market now. This would also give them time to figure out how to put out the next systems at a price below $599USD.

Posted by Boopie

wow Sony way to completely overwhelm us with great news!

Posted by pavakah

I guess anything next-gen isn't coming until 4k televisions hit the mainstream market. At least I'll know when to start paying attention to consoles again.