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12GB Flash-memory PS3 goes on sale in US

12GB Flash-memory PS3 goes on sale in US

Mon 19 Aug 2013 8:11am GMT / 4:11am EDT / 1:11am PDT
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Super slim unit becomes territory's cheapest SKU at $199

The 12GB flash-memory PS3 model has been listed on Sony's North American website at a price of $199.

The machine has been on sale in Europe since last year, at which point Sony said that there were no plans to take it to the USA. Last week, the machine appeared on Canadian listings and is now being advertised south of the border.

Previously the 250GB slim model was the region's cheapest at $269, but the new model is clear play at sweeping up a few more players before the launch of the PS4 this Autumn.

7 Comments

Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd

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I just don't get why Sony would sell this. Anyone who is aware of how often the PS3 needs to install games to play them would never touch it. Anyone who isn't is going to be incredibly angry with Sony when they realize how few games they can actually play on this device. It seems like a lose-lose for Sony. The few sales they get will be customers who never want to use their products again.

Posted:A year ago

#1

Zbigniew Lebkowski 3D Artist & Animator

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I just don't get why Sony would sell this. Anyone who is aware of how often the PS3 needs to install games to play them would never touch it. Anyone who isn't is going to be incredibly angry with Sony when they realize how few games they can actually play on this device. It seems like a lose-lose for Sony. The few sales they get will be customers who never want to use their products again.
That was my initial thought. Where are they going to store game data having only 12 GB of storage? That is untill I actually checked how much space does installing games take. For some it's totally optional, for others it ranges from as litte as 0.4 GB to as much as 5GB. The latter however being, a rather rare case and the average here seems to be somewhere between 2-3GB. So in an ideal situation (without taking the OS and other files under consideration) you can have from 30 to 2 games installed at any one time. Not bad when you're a casual gamer.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Zbigniew Lebkowski on 19th August 2013 1:26pm

Posted:A year ago

#2

Carl Hudson Studying Computer Science, University of Adelaide

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I assume if you require more you put a hdd in it.

Posted:A year ago

#3

Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd

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@ Zbigniew It's certainly true that there are games you don't need to install, but for the big name games it's a regular occurrence. They can definitely exceed 5GBs. Just a list of a few quick big ones: Grand Theft Auto V - 8GB, Metal Gear Solid 4 - 4.6 GB, BioShock - 5GB (same with Bioshock 2), Skyrim 5.5 GB.

These aren't small games that someone may by these are some of the biggest reasons to buy the system. Also there are less than 10GB actually available when you take out the space required for the firmware. So no, I don't think even in the best case scenario you could possibly run 30 games on this system. Maybe 10, if you're mostly playing Madden and Call of Duty.

Posted:A year ago

#4

Paul Jace Merchandiser

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I agree with Nicholas, this system seems pretty pointless considering that in three short months you'll likely be able to once again purchase either 160 gb or 250 gb PS3 slims during the Black Friday weekend.

Posted:A year ago

#5

Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

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It's cheap... but a dumb move for the US market, particularly as it'll get bought up by a LOT of new users who not not a thing about mandatory installs or external storage (and have no broadband access to take advantage of that could storage OR have no need for or can't get) a PSN account. I feel bad form some parent buying one of these as a gift for a kid in an area with crap internet, as that system is going to be full up if it comes with one or more big games.

And NO, telling someone they NEED to buy an external HDD isn't the best solution when they think they're going to walk out of a shop only spending maybe $300 tops for the system and a few games to go with it.

Also, save files can be massive as well, especially in some RPGs where saves are a few MB each (Skyrim, for example has some ridiculously large save files). Oh well. We'll see what happens. I could use a backup PS3... but this one won't be it.

Posted:A year ago

#6

Carl Hudson Studying Computer Science, University of Adelaide

18 11 0.6
Who doesn't have spare hdd's sitting around?

Posted:A year ago

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