New PS3 console unveiled

CECH-3000B Slim model to be lighter and more efficient

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New PS3 Slim console unveiled

Official Sony page appears confirming the arrival of a new PS3 Slim console in 2011

Sony is set to introduce a new version of its PlayStation 3 console after an official holding page appeared on its Japanese website.

- New PS3 Slim console pictures

Speculation had been mounting in recent months that the company was set to introduce a revamped version of its flagship console after a FCC filed pointed to two new PS3 models. Those expecting a radically new look console are likely to be left disappointed though.

The CECH-3000B PS3 model will boast a lower power consumption compared to the current Slim going from 230 watts to a more efficient 200 watts. Weighing in at a lighter 2.6kg, there will also be a 320GB hard disc, while on the external front it will have changes made to power and eject buttons with LED lamps said to have also been removed.

Available in Charcoal Black, accessories bundled alongside it will include the customary Dual Shock 3 controller, power cable, AV cable and USB cable.

There's no news on a release date, but pricing for the new PS3 Slim is expected to come in at around ¥34,980 which is roughly the same amount you'd need prise the current model away from the shelves in Japan. A 160GB model bundled with Tales of Xillia is expected to launch on September 8th priced in at ¥37,980.

We've had no details of a UK launch, but will let you know as soon as we know more.

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