New 12GB PS3 confirmed for Sunday, Best Buy bundling it with two games

XMNR: News of a possible new 12GB Playstation 3 for North America hit earlier this week from Engadget when a listing showed up at Canadian retailer FutureShop. A promotional email received by this Examiner from Best Buy on Friday confirms that the new console is will hit stores on Aug. 18 with this particular retailer offering a bundle featuring The Last of Us and Uncharted 3.

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shivvy242825d ago

in australia we can get them for $199 so i wonder what the price will be like in US

Caleb_H2825d ago

Probably like 20 bucks.


most likely $199 also. the US has not yet received a $199 SKU. lookin forward to the new low price for sure.

clrlite2824d ago

At that price this thing will fly off shelves here in the US, especially if they include those specific games.

"12gb is absurd in this digital age."
It is a value package and offers an absurd amount of value for someone like me who plans to upgrade the HD anyway. Also, a lot of people buy physical copies....

@Caleb: " Probably like 20 bucks."

Haha and I'm happy they're actually getting it for $199 in the Australia.

shadyiswin2824d ago

I got these in last night,was tempted to take a screen shot,but I'm sure I'm not the only one,it rings up at $199.97 here

timl2412824d ago

The 360 had a $199 SKU back in 2008. I guess 5 years is a reasonable amount of time to respond to that, lol.

DrRobotnik2824d ago (Edited 2824d ago )

And it still came in third place world wide this gen lol.

Donnyskillz2824d ago

we dont live in world wide, we live in america how did the PS3 do there lol

gaffyh2824d ago

@Donny - America isn't part of the world?




"We"? You really think everyone in N4G lives in USA, don't you?

AngryEnglish2824d ago

The 10 million sales in Japan only make it that the ps3 is 100k in front worldwide.....

You guys never think about the fact the Microsoft took 78 million sales, ps2 150 millions sales is massive success....PS3 selling only half that..... Well yeah, I own both but its plainly obvious that the ps3 was not the success it was looking for like the ps2

rainslacker2824d ago (Edited 2824d ago )


When PS3 was rumored to have sold 76 million(I believe), I went back and looked up the sales of the PS2 for the same time frame. I did this to see if Sony had truly lost 1/2 of it's install base since people assumed that the 150 million equated to that install base.

Anyhow, what I found is that Sony is only down about 9 million units from the PS2 sales within the same time of the consoles life.

So, that means that Sony has only lost roughly 11% of it's prior "market share" based on your logic regarding the issue. In this case MS only "stole" about 9 million sales from Sony(Actually only about 5 million when official numbers numbers were released).

The gist of my argument is that you can't take the total sales of a console that has been around for over a decade, and compare them to the sales of one that's been around for 6, to make a judgement on Year over year loss/gain. No business in the world works like that.

I'll turn your argument around on you now, since I found it kind of fun the other day.

MS was unable to match Sony's sales of the PS2(or PS3) within the same time frame of the consoles life cycle.

Anyhow, Sony is on track to easily break 100 million units sold, and I wouldn't doubt that lifetime sales end up being close to the PS2's. I expect to see a huge surge of PS3 sales this holiday with cheaper SKU's becoming available. That's what always happens with a new console release.

MS will probably break 100 million units sold as well. Only thing unknown is if they will sell the X1 for another 6 years.

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--Onilink--2825d ago

2 digital games?? Lol jk.

12gb is absurd in this digital age. Even the 32GB for the wiiu were absurd but i expect those thing from Nintendo not Sony (i do own both consoles btw)

GamersRulz2825d ago

still better than Arcade 360!

memots2825d ago

And somehow your comment gets a disagree .... lol

--Onilink--2825d ago

True, much better than the arcade. Though that doesnt make it any good on its own.

As for the disagrees.. Seriously? 12gb minus OS, chances are you can do 1 game installation and 1 digital game...

It makes even less sense that they use te most expensive memory type for the "cheap sku".. They could have used a regular hdd for the price of that flash memory and give WAY MORE space.

No reason to be blind people, all companies make bad decisions all the time

guitarded772825d ago

And Wii U base model. Sure 12gb sucks, but it's easily upgradable, and if people don't want to upgrade, it's $50-$70 more for 500gb.

kreate2825d ago (Edited 2825d ago )

'you can do 1 game installation and 1 digital game'

The 12gb ps3 isn't for ppl who gonna download.

Its for ppl who want to play disk games, watch movies, HOME, 2nd console to boost urself, for kids, etc.

If u change ur mind in the future, u can add a hdd.

Deadpoolio2825d ago

You mean the 4gb that DOESN'T allow online play or really any functionality aside from playing games and Netflix....And yet none of the packaging on it tells people that they will not be able to play any games online without purchasing the overpriced $150 250gb hdd....

This is definitely a better deal since it's flash memory has no limitations and for an extra $50 bucks you could stick a 500gb HDD in the empty slot

lsujester2825d ago

I was thinking about getting one just for a replacement. I have a 300GB HDD in my current PS3, but the console is wearing out. I imagine other people might do the same.

badz1492825d ago


"12gb is absurd in this digital age."

yeah, tell THAT to Nintendo!

JetsFool35002824d ago

Yeah & it has an HDMI port

snipab8t2824d ago

You don't have mandatory installs on an xbox 360.

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dredgewalker2825d ago

It's still easy to upgrade the harddrive so 12gigs is no real problem. Also this would be a good deal for anyone who has a broken ps3, they can just transfer their harddrives to this unit.

devwan2825d ago

I'm not sure you can whip a HDD out of one ps3 and stick it in another, you might have to back it up, format it, insert into new machine and restore - could be wrong but it's part of the protection system iirc.

badz1492825d ago


the thing is, you can't do THAT. you can take out a PS3 HDD and put it back with no problem but once you connected it to something else, another PS3 or a pc for example (it doesn't work though) you will be forced to format the HDD when you put it back again. that is why users are asked to make a backup anytime they want to take out the HDD.

Si_852825d ago

Having upgraded PS3 models before I can tell you that you can't interchange hard drives without formatting them first, unfortunately :-(

dredgewalker2825d ago

I only meant you can still use the hdd on old the PS3 to the newer one in case you old PS3 died. You'd have to backup your data first on your hdd on an external hdd and then install the hdd then do a format. Afterwards do a system restore through the backup utility in the PS3. Though I think there are limits to what can be restored to the newer PS3 system.

kingPoS2824d ago (Edited 2824d ago )

I think you mean to transfer from Ethernet... right? To move content from one ps3 to another, you'll have to make sure the target and source ps3's are both deactivated. I'm sure it would help if the target HDD were larger than the source.

If you've made a backup from the old ps3 and restore to a different one, you'll just get themes, pics, music and non protected video.

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Darrius Cole2825d ago

The only appeal of this SKU is that it is under $200. If Best Buy puts it in a bundle that raises the price to $250 they are undermining the whole point of the SKU.

jocomat92825d ago

ya i thought the same thing

rainslacker2824d ago

Author could really learn to write better in my opinion.

This "bundle" is offering UC3:GOTY for free if you buy this PS3 and TLOU.

At least that's what it took me a while to figure out from what he wrote.

If that's the case, then it's a good deal for people that want TLOU and UC3. Console price is still $200, and most people are likely to want to purchase a game with it. Why not get two of the highest rated PS3 games at the same time?

Deadpoolio2825d ago

Ummmm it's 12gb of Flash memory...There is nothing in the HDD bay, giving people the ability to put their own size HDD into it....So it's not really that absurd it something to pull in people who haven't purchased a PS3

TongkatAli2825d ago

This is going to rape the Wii U. Price is King, always.

Mr Tretton2824d ago

PS4 will rape WiiU, so, no.

Run_bare2825d ago

the reason for 12gb is for the consumer to take out the had and put their own bigger had without paying too much for the console.

Run_bare2825d ago

sorry, I meant hdd hard drive not had.

MoonConquistador2824d ago

No Run bare, as Deadpoolio mentioned above, there is nothing in the HDD bay on these models, not even a HDD caddy which you need to buy separately.

The 12GB is Flash memory, not a HDD you need to remove

Run_bare2824d ago

@deadpolio, really, I did not know that, thank you for telling me.

rainslacker2824d ago

Quite a few people don't even need 12GB's of space. Casuals probably wouldn't get close to using that much. They'll just pop in a game and call it good.

Of course, if they can hook these people into PS+, they can possibly entice people to pay for the metal bay you have to buy separate to install your own hard drive.

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devwan2825d ago (Edited 2825d ago )

@--Onilink-- "12gb is absurd in this digital age."

Actually it's not absurd. This SKU isn't for those who will be downloading games from PSN and watching downloaded movies/tv on it, it's a cheap offline option to appeal to those on a budget and those who don't want online functionality.

I bought my nephews the 12GB ps3 last xmas and as online gaming and downloads isn't something they'll ever do with a ps3 (they are 5 and 6) and it is the perfect unit for them. It's got enough room for game saves and the odd on-disc system update and that'll do them fine.

Tei7772824d ago

Some people just want a replacement console, some just want to play a handful of exclusives and others who are this late to the game probably isn't concerned about the digital future.

SlyFoxC2824d ago

@ onilink

in this digital age you can get a 500 GB Hardrive for your ps3 for 20-50 bucks...

GraveLord2824d ago

The difference here is that Sony has had 250 and 500GB models out there forever. This 12GB isn't for "The digital age" its for the occasional Call of Duty player and Netflix viewer.

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OC_MurphysLaw2825d ago that really being offered with those games as digital versions?? Is 12gb even enough space for both those games if they are digital?

Queasy2825d ago

No, they aren't digital versions of the game.

ShAkKa2825d ago

For Uncharted 3 alone you would need about 80 gigs of free space.

ShAkKa2825d ago

The game is 40gb but you need double that amount to be able to install it.

So yeah... That.

Darrius Cole2825d ago

They probably put certain pieces of data on the disk 2 or 3 times to improve seek times. But still the game is going to be bigger than 12 GB.

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