The lights are on
Evidence of a new PlayStation 3
model, which features 12GB of storage and will retail for $199, has surfaced.
The website Engadget broke the news, based on a page on the Canadian retailer
Future Play's website. The page was removed, but not before Engadget grabbed a
screenshot (see above).
It's also published a picture of
allegedly taken in the storeroom of a Kmart location, which shows a box of the
new PS3 hardware with instructions to not display until August 18.
This 12GB Flash memory model of the
PlayStation 3 has already been on sale in Europe, but was not thought to be
coming to the United States.
Our Take:It's always good to have more variety of price points available to gamers.
However, considering that you can buy bundles of the 500GB PlayStation 3
packaged with an upcoming game like GTA V for $269.99, this 12GB model doesn't
seem like a great value. However, it is a glimpse into the future; as Flash and
solid-state memory become cheaper to produce, we expect that mechanical hard
drives will eventually go away in the console market.