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$200 PS3 headed to North America

$200 PS3 headed to North America

Tue 13 Aug 2013 8:12pm GMT / 4:12pm EDT / 1:12pm PDT
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Retailer leaks have less expensive console with 16GB of flash memory on sale starting Sunday

Sony is apparently ready to bring its 16GB flash-based PlayStation 3 to North America. Canadian retailer Future Shop today put up a product page for the latest redesign of Sony's system with a $199.99 price tag.

The listing was pulled, but not before Engadget got a screen capture of it. The tech site also posted a photo of the new 12GB console, purportedly taken in a US K-mart stockroom, with a packing note not to display the unit for sale until August 18.

If the pricing is accurate, the 12GB PS3 would represent a price cut for Sony's system. Currently, the least expensive commonly available PS3s in stores go for $270, but come bundled with a game.

The 12GB PS3 was originally released in Europe last October. At the time, Sony Computer Entertainment America explained the decision by saying it wanted to make sure consumers wouldn't be space-constrained if they preferred digital distribution of content to traditional retail options.

14 Comments

Curt Sampson Sofware Developer

596 360 0.6
Yet another blow to the Wii U, then. This holiday season they'll now be stuck between the new consoles and the cheap console.

Posted:A year ago

#1

Paul Jace Merchandiser

942 1,428 1.5
It's kind of a rip off considering you could have gotten a 160 gb PS3 slim bundled with games for $199 during the 2011 holiday shopping season.

Posted:A year ago

#2

Andy Samson QA Supervisor, Digital Media Exchange

237 180 0.8
"Yet another blow to the Wii U, then."

Why does this only affect Wii U eh? This will definitely cannibalize on PS4 sales duh.

Posted:A year ago

#3

Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game

1,254 421 0.3
"At the time, Sony Computer Entertainment America explained the decision by saying it wanted to make sure consumers wouldn't be space-constrained if they preferred digital distribution of content to traditional retail options."

Does this mean it has no optical disc drive? How else does it specifically save space for people who prefer digital?
It seems that if it is aimed at digital customers, 16GB (or 12GB) is really low, although as PS3 has mandatory installs, it is low anyway.

Posted:A year ago

#4

John Bye Senior Game Designer, Future Games of London

481 453 0.9
Andrew, the wording of the article's a bit confusing, but that's an old quote and he's saying that SCEA didn't release this SKU in the US before because they didn't want customers who like digital content to be space constrained. Not sure what changed their mind, maybe it's done well in Europe?

Seems like an odd move though - one of the best things about the PS3 is Playstation Plus, and you won't be able to download, let alone install, many of the free games on this machine. Any digital title much over 5GB simply won't be able to install on it, and god help you if you buy GTA V, which reportedly will require an 8GB install, leaving you with only 4GB of space for anything else.

Edited 2 times. Last edit by John Bye on 14th August 2013 9:19am

Posted:A year ago

#5

Eyal Teler Programmer

90 89 1.0
Why does this only affect Wii U eh? This will definitely cannibalize on PS4 sales duh.
How? PS4 will most likely be bought by owners of PS3. A new PS3 can't replace the PS4 for these people, and adds more PS3 owners which in turn might upgrade to a PS4 in the future.

Posted:A year ago

#6

Andy Samson QA Supervisor, Digital Media Exchange

237 180 0.8
200 vs 400 USD, go figure which one will most people buy during the holidays. Not every PS3 owner will buy a new PS4 since it only has a few exclusives or system seller games. Most games on it can be bought for the PS3 as well. The PS3 is what, nearly a decade old? Some would prefer to buy a replacement for their old fat or slim model. It's a lot more practical than getting a lens/optical drive replacement since a newer machine will be covered by better warranty. Sell the old, buy a new one or trade it in.

Posted:A year ago

#7

Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd

1,020 1,467 1.4
This system is literally non-functional off the shelf. Many PS3 games come with mandatory installs upwards of 8GBs. If they pick the wrong games they won't even be able to play two of them, much less 3, 4, etc.

Posted:A year ago

#8

Caleb Hale Journalist

155 231 1.5
Near the end of every console cycle comes an SKU that just doesn't make sense. It seems console makers do this always in the interest of hitting a low price point, trying to attract consumers who don't pay attention to the particulars of video gaming (such as the need for more than 12GB of memory). I think these things are bought by parents for their kids who want a gaming console. I think those kids end up disappointed they're limited on what they can do with their game system, as oppose to what their friends can do with their systems.

Posted:A year ago

#9

Adam Campbell Associate Producer, Miniclip Ltd

1,184 980 0.8
This would explain the smaller 'Cell' incoming actually.

I actually agree that cheap PS3s and lots of games will encourage people to stick with the current generation longer. That said, when they wish to upgrade, its obvious what the next choice will be and there aren't many of them...

Posted:A year ago

#10

Christopher Bowen Editor in Chief, Gaming Bus

457 734 1.6
I'm not sure *who* this is aimed at. Oh boy, 16GB of flash memory. What's that going to do for anyone? As noted, some installs are mandatory, and require half that. The OS is going to take up two gigs, too. What is anyone going to do with that? You need an external drive - since there's no HDD to replace - just to be able to do anything.

This is DOA.

Posted:A year ago

#11
Unless it is $150, I do not see it selling a lot

Posted:A year ago

#12

Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

2,193 1,170 0.5
Ah. This system is sort of like that Canada-only red Wii model with a budget price and crap storage space. It certainly won't sell here at all unless the person buying it is a diehard collector, blind or doesn't know what he or she is in for once they install two or three games and run out of room...

Posted:A year ago

#13

Sebastian Moss Editor -in- Chief, PlayStation LifeStyle

57 19 0.3
There is only a 12GB version, no 16GB one

Posted:A year ago

#14

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