It seems the rumors were true, and we didn't even have to wait until the Tokyo Game Show.
Today, Sony Computer Entertainment has announced new PlayStation 3 models for North America, Europe and Japan. There will be three new machines in total: one with a 500GB hard drive, one with a 250GB HDD, and a freshly added model with 12GB of flash memory, which will – at first – be only available in Europe.
The first option to hit store shelves in the US will be the 250GB machine, which will hold a price tag of $269.99 and will be available as a bundle-only option right out of the gate on September 25. The 500GB model will follow on October 30; that one won't have a bundle requirement and be priced at $299.99. Both of these models will be available in Japan on October 4 and for the record, that 12GB flash memory PS3 will launch in Europe on October 12 (prices will vary based on country).
Plus, you'll be looking at lighter and slimmer machines. Thanks to "a complete redesign of the internal architecture," the volume and weight of the new PS3 has been dropped by more than half when compared to the first PS3 model, and by 20% and 25% respectively compared to the current PS3 models. Interestingly enough, the new consoles will also adopt a sliding disk cover. That's kinda cool, depending on your viewpoint.
Since launching in November 2006, the PS3 has amassed over 3,300 titles and over 4,100 downloadable games and pieces of add-on content. If you haven't jumped on board yet, fall is obviously the time.