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Sony Unveils Slim PS3, PSP Digital Reader

8/18/2009 04:25:23 PM Eastern

Tokyo - Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) unveiled a new slimmer version of its PlayStation3 (CECH-2000A) video game console, featuring a 120GB hard disk drive.

The new version of the console will launch Sept. 1 and will carry a $299 suggested retail, the company said Tuesday. The console's cabinet volume has been reduced by two-thirds.

With the introduction of the new PS3 system, SCE said it will reduce the price of the current PS3 with 80GB HDD to $299 and the 160GB HDD version will drop to $399, both effective Aug. 18.

The company said it will also introduce a new PS3 logo, concurrent with the release of the new slimmer PlayStation3 model.

Meanwhile, SCE's European and American units also revealed plans to shortly launch a "minis" section on the PlayStationStore, offering a range of all-new downloadable games for the PlayStation Portable (PSP).

Available exclusively via digital distribution, "minis" will have a 100MB size limit, to enable quick and easy to downloading to either the upcoming PSPgo or to the more than 52 million PSP units that have sold worldwide.

The European and American units also introduced a digital reader for the PSP (PlayStationPortable).

The new service will allow PSP owners to access a range of media on their PSP. The service will launch with Digital Comics this December in select countries, the U.S, and regions in Europe with other PAL territories to follow in 2010.

Leading comic publishers have signed up for the service, Sony said, including giant Marvel Entertainment.

Content from other partners such as IDW Publishing, iVerse Media and others, as well as graphic novels for bite-sized entertainment on demand and on the go, will be available, Sony said.

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