UPDATE: Sony has announced that both the Charcoal Black and Classic White variants of the even smaller PlayStation 3 will be available in Australia from September 27. The 500GB model will retail for $399.95, while the 12GB flash memory model will cost $299.95.
Sony is also releasing a dedicated 250GB HDD that can be used with the 12GB model to expand the storage.
The 500GB model will also be available in New Zealand on September 27 for NZD $519.95, but the 12GB model is slightly delayed across the Tasman and will be released on October 18 for NZD $399.95.
Original Story: Sony has announced that a new, smaller model of the PlayStation 3 will be released later this year.
The new console was announced at the Tokyo Game Show today. The second revision of the PlayStation 3 will be 25 percent smaller and 20 percent lighter than the PS3 "Slim" and 50 percent smaller than the original PlayStation 3.
However, it looks like each region will receive different versions. Europe and presumably Australia will get a 12GB model -- yes twelve -- on October 12, and a 500GB model on September 28. Those will be available in black.
Meanwhile, Sony has confirmed that Japan will get a Charcoal Black version in 500GB and 250GB options next month, while a 250GB Classic White model will follow in November.
The 250GB model will go on-sale in North America on September 25 for USD $269.99 bundled with the "Game of the Year" edition of Uncharted 3, and the 500GB model will follow on October 30 for USD $299.99.
By Ben Salter