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Sony To Release Smaller PS3 With 12GB Flash Memory?

We've already seen the rumor that Sony will release a new PS3 model towards the end of the month. But might they release two...? One in September and one in October?

The first rumor involved a PS3 with a mammoth 500GB hard drive (which might not be so "mammoth" for those who have really gotten into the digital revolution). But the new rumor cites a German online retailer who apparently confirmed on Facebook that in October, Sony will launch a new PS3 with 12GB of flash memory. Analysts had speculated on the possibility of a cheaper, more casual/accessible system, so this could be accurate as well. It also seems this PS3 might come in a "smaller box."

As we near the end of this generation, it makes perfect sense to release more efficient and ideally, cheaper, machines. Remember, Sony reaped the majority of the PS2's profit during that console's later years, leading up to and into the PS3 launch. Guess we'll have to wait until Sony's press conference at the Tokyo Game Show to clear up these rumors.

Tags: ps3, playstation 3, new ps3, new ps3 model, 12gb ps3

9/14/2012 10:10:13 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (26 posts)

Temjin001
Friday, September 14, 2012 @ 10:22:08 AM
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Nice, my GT5 data file alone is 10GB =p

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Doppel
Friday, September 14, 2012 @ 1:18:54 PM

If the hard disks are upgradeable, I could just pull one of the hard disks cluttering my parts box and stick it in there. :)

Anyone else here have a small hoard of broken or old computers and electronic parts?

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manofchao5
Sunday, September 16, 2012 @ 10:08:23 PM

I just don't understand how this makes the console cheaper, the hard drive only costs so much, putting the expense now at the user, the only way I see this a as a benefit is if you wanna jump straight to a terabyte using some of the small savings to offset that price

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, September 14, 2012 @ 10:48:13 AM
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Seems small when plenty of games have huge installs.

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Temjin001
Friday, September 14, 2012 @ 11:02:48 AM

Okay, Jimmy, you can play one or the other, MGS4 or GT5. After you've finished one completely we will delete the game file to make room for the other.

ya, I dunno about this one. Hopefully it has a bay for people to upgrade it with their own HDD. Now that would be pretty cool

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, September 14, 2012 @ 11:31:57 AM

Jimmy sad :(

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Temjin001
Friday, September 14, 2012 @ 12:28:58 PM

Jimmy's big brother buys him a 2TB drive and installs it in his PS3 for him ;)

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Temjin001
Friday, September 14, 2012 @ 12:29:59 PM

Jimmy sells all of his physical games and opts for the superior digital collection of games, housed nice and neat on his HDD =p

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firesoul453
Friday, September 14, 2012 @ 11:18:13 AM
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If the 12 gb has an empty hard drive spot, then it could be an excellent choice!

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TheWuziMu
Friday, September 14, 2012 @ 11:56:59 AM
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Forget playing Skyrim.

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cLoudou
Friday, September 14, 2012 @ 12:20:17 PM
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Why not, People buy the 4gb 360s.

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Temjin001
Friday, September 14, 2012 @ 12:48:48 PM

I don't think a single manufactured game requires an HDD installation on 360. I can only think of a handful of exceptions, discrete features of Halo's multiplayer. Whereas, many PS3 games require HDD install space, some can be quite lofty. I know Heavy Rain, when updated to it's most current form, chews up a ton of HDD space.

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Ignitus
Friday, September 14, 2012 @ 2:42:23 PM

As Temjin says, you don't need a HDD to play the Disc based games. The HDD is for the DLC and digital store games.

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firesoul453
Friday, September 14, 2012 @ 8:23:39 PM

Halo 4 will REQUIRE an install,
though you'll be able to use an 8 gig usb stick too...

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Beamboom
Friday, September 14, 2012 @ 12:47:12 PM
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Well, I am still sticking up for my wild theory that Sony might introduce their game streaming service along with that flash drive PS3.

It's just a theory, and it is wild, but it's thinkable.

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Temjin001
Friday, September 14, 2012 @ 12:50:15 PM

I'm still waiting for the Blu-Ray drive'less PS3 for $149. All digital all the way ;)

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Ignitus
Friday, September 14, 2012 @ 2:23:27 PM

Temjin are you serious?

Are you ready for a digital only game console?

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Temjin001
Friday, September 14, 2012 @ 2:54:32 PM

I'm not serious ;)

but I wouldn't be shocked if some REAL low cost PS3 hits the scene some 5 years from now that is designed only to interface with PSN. I'm not holding my breath of course, but it doesn't seem to me impossible.

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bigrailer19
Friday, September 14, 2012 @ 1:59:51 PM
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I anticipate it being released with the flash memory. It would be cheaper and at this point those who need 500gb already have it.

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Ignitus
Friday, September 14, 2012 @ 2:37:37 PM
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I upgraded my Fat 80GB PS3 to 500GB and I thought I was going to be covered. The mandatory game installs can get very heavy.

I'm at the point were I'm deleting my music off the PS3 to make room for more games.

And the fact I suscribed to PSN+ a few months ago made matters even worst. Can't complain for the game rental's value though, now I'm afraid to buy something, only to find out it is going to be given away for free, like it happened with Bordelans.

Anyways, I think that 16GB PS3 must be a typo. It can be a double edged sword.

Sure at a lower price point it can move more consoles and more games but if customers get annoyed because they can't play more than 1 or 2 games because the mandatory game installs won't fit in that 16GB they are going to feel cheated when they find out they MUST buy a HDD. No body wants angry customers, its just bad business.




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firesoul453
Friday, September 14, 2012 @ 8:25:49 PM

Dang really? Even with game installs, ps+ games, and music I am not even at %75 of the hard drive, and thats will almost all ps+ games released in the past few months. ( 160 gig hard drive)

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pavlovic
Saturday, September 15, 2012 @ 12:03:29 AM
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I would get it as a second PS3 basically to watch 3D movies, and play when my friends come over. No as my primary gaming console

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___________
Saturday, September 15, 2012 @ 5:04:49 AM
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if $ony were to go with a flash storage system they would be much better off removing the bluray drive and use the costs saved there to go for a larger storage drive.
500GB SSDs these days are actually quite cheap!
id be cool if you could use external USB drives as well, ive got a 128GB kingston USB drive would come in handy if you could use those instead of hiking cumbersome HDDs with you.

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Robochic
Saturday, September 15, 2012 @ 4:55:49 PM
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i think this would be perfect but i already have a 500 gig console :) i put it in myself :) but walmart anniversary sale had the PS3 for 199 with all 3 uncharted games, went to go get one for my mom and dad since they love mine adn already sold out damn missed it but i'll try again :)

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Laguna
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 @ 9:21:07 AM
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do you guys think this 12 GB ps3 would be able to swap HDD with current ps3s?

Im looking to change my ps3 because my 60 GB is refurbished and it could die at any second.

I want a stable console.

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richfiles
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 @ 3:56:54 AM

Sony is just awful for locking the hard drives to the hardware. A friend had his 60GB yellow light, and he lost everything, just because, unlike Microsoft, who does permit it, Sony will not let you move the hard drive to a new machine to migrate your data.

What is wrong with Sony?

Time and time again, they make me trust them less.
(Still mad about Linux, BTW)

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