Sony Confirms 12GB Flash Version of PS3 for North America

A new product page for the $199 12 GB Flash version of the PlayStation 3 is now live on Sony's U.S. PlayStation page, confirming reports last week that the new SKU would hit retail on August 18 in the United States and Canada. According to that product page, the new system is available at a number of retailers including, Best Buy,,, GameStop, Kmart, Sears, Sonystyle, Target, Toys'R'Us, and Wal-Mart.

The 12GB flash-memory PS3 model has been on sale in Europe since last year, but Sony said at the time that it had no plans to bring it to North America. Last week, reports showing off an ad in a Canadian store and a photograph of a system in the backroom of a Kmart pointed to August 18 as the launch date in both regions.

The 12 GB PS3 does not come with a hard drive, instead relying on a 12 GB flash drive for storage. That trade-off in storage means a significantly lower price…


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