Sony Redesigns PS3 Again, Coming Next Week
By Chris Davis on September 19th, 2012 (17 comments)
So there little Timmy was, sitting on the couch, playing on the TV while I sat across the coffee table, trying to cross reference an article in The Economist with the latest NPD sales numbers on my laptop.
"Gee golly, Mr. Davis, I sure love my Playstation 3."
"Good for you, Timmy."
"It sure is nice and all but..." He pauses.
"But what, Timmy?"
*sigh* "It just so big! It takes up a lot of room in my entertainment center! Where am I going to have room for my Wii U when it arrives in November?"
"But Timmy, you don't have to worry about that starting next week."
His eyes light up in excitement as he turns to me, setting down his controller and ignoring his game entirely. "Really, Mr. Davis?! What's going on?"
"Well, Timmy," I begin as I finish the article and turn to him, "the Tokyo Game Show is going on right now and Sony decided to announce a new redesign of the PS3."
"Wow! What are they doing to it?!"
"Starting on September 25th Sony will be launching an even smaller PS3 model than the current PS3 Slim. It's going to be 25% smaller than the current model and about half the size of the original one."
"Awesome! What's it look like?"
I turn my laptop to face him, showing off the new system.
"Don't swear, Timmy. You know I don't like it when you swear. There's a reason why you don't have an Xbox Live account or a headset. I don't want you to turn into one of those fiends on Call of Duty. Or do you want to spend another day in the timeout box with Joseph?"
"No sir," he says quietly, his eyes averted from mine, no doubt recalling what happened last week. He turns back to me a few moments later. "But Mr. Davis, what's it going to cost?"
"Well, Timmy, I'm sorry to tell you this but there's really no change to the pricing structure at this point. A 250gb model will launch on the 25th for $249, twenty bucks more if you purchase a bundle with the Game of the Year edition of Uncharted 3."
"Only 250 gigabytes?"
"Yes, that's true, but a 500gb model will launch on October 30th for $299. There's also word of a Assassin's Creed III bundle in the works but nothing can be confirmed as of press time."
"That sure is exciting, Mr. Davis!"
"It sure is."
Timmy stares at the entertainment center for a moment before dipping his head and frowning, clearly downtrodden.
"What's wrong, Timmy? Aren't you excited?"
"Well, I am, Mr. Davis, but my Xbox 360 and my Wii are white! I don't want to mess with my color scheme!"
"You won't have to worry about that. Sony will be launching a 'classic white' model in Japan on November 22nd and it may just come to the US."
His face lights up, even happier than before. "Oh boy! That sounds so wonderful! I can't wait to pick up my new PS3 and then buy a Wii U a month and a half later!"
"I'm sure you will, Timmy. Now put away you iPhone 5 and get back to your game. You can update your friends later."
As he turns back to his online murderfest I stand up and walk toward the window, watching the rain as it continues to fall. Without realizing it I open the door and step outside into the storm, the rain engulfing and soaking me to the bone in a matter of seconds. I take my glasses off and stare at the sky, water rushing down face and not all of it from the rain. A single thought tears at my soul, one I cannot escape.
When will this console generation end?
I am 4Player's video and feature producer. I've been writing about games for years and I enjoy every minute of it. I'm pro-developer and I have a few friends who have gone on to successful careers in the industry. I may only be an amateur but I've got things to say.
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