It's just another option for those who have yet to enjoy the PlayStation 3 and its bevy of games. Lotsa games.
Sony introduced the 12GB Flash-based PS3 system to the European and Hong Kong markets last fall. However, at the time, Sony said this new model wouldn't be coming to North America.
And yet, as reported by Engadget , leaked advertisements from various retailers in the US and Canada are saying that 12GB version is indeed on the way. Canada's Future Shop had the unit selling for $200 (although the listing has since been pulled), and they've also found an image of the 12GB PS3 from a Kmart stockroom. That pic clearly shows "12GB/GO" and there's a "do not sell until" date of August 18. That's this weekend, if you've forgotten what day it is.
Gamescom kicks off on August 21 but presumably, this thing will already be available by that time, provided that date is correct. Still, expect an announcement during next week's industry event.