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Higher capacity and white PS3s for Japan

160 and 320GB models due this month, white peripherals too

New versions of the PlayStation 3 are due to reach the Japanese market on July 29.

The CECH-2500 series ships with hard drive capacities of either 160 or 320 Gigabytes, which will retail for 29,980 and 34,980 respectively, according to Andriasang.com.

The 160 GB model will be available in both the standard Charcoal Black and the new, Wii-like Classic White.

A range of white peripherals are to accompany the launch, including DualShock 3 controllers and vertical stands.

The existing 120GB model, which was formerly retailed at the same price as the new 160GB unit, will switch to open pricing as of tomorrow - often a sign that an SKU is to be gradually phased out.

Sony has confirmed to GamesIndustry.biz that the new models are currently for the Japanese market only, with nothing to announce for European and American markets for now.

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Antony Cain Lecturer in Computer Games Design, Sunderland College8 years ago
Ah, the Wii-S3. Slightly more powerful mind :)
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James Finlan Studying Information Systems, University of Manchester8 years ago
A single SPE is probably more powerful! ;)
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Kevin Clark-Patterson Lecturer in Games Development, Lancaster and Morecambe College8 years ago
PSWii more like.

There should be analysis done that shows whether console colour makes a difference when purchasing a system.

"Oh no I wont buy a PS3 because its black and it will ruin the feng sui in my living room" or "I'm not buying an arcade Xbox as my TV/DVD/Blu Ray/SKY HD is black and it will look odd"

Seriously?
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.8 years ago
@Kevin.

In the modern console era, with exception of the PS2 generation, the lightest colored console has always won.

NES (gray) over Mastersystem (black)
SNES (gray) over Genesis/Megadrive (black)
PS (gray) over Saturn (black) and N64 (black)
PS2 (black) over Gamecube (purple...mostly) and Xbox (black) - the anomaly
Wii (glossy white) over PS3 (black) and X360 (matte white)

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Jim Webb on 7th July 2010 11:39am

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Kevin Clark-Patterson Lecturer in Games Development, Lancaster and Morecambe College8 years ago
@Jimmy.

You forgot the obvious Dreamcast success...

I doubt it comes down to being that obvious "we have a white console therefore we win" (unless we're Sony and selling PS2's with DVD playback but they did release white PS2's in Japan amongst other colours)

I guess the same could be applied to handhelds too

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