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Sony announces new super slim PS3

Smaller, lighter version of the PlayStation 3 console to be available in 12GB and 500GB models

Sony is to launch a new smaller, lighter version of the PlayStation 3 console.

Half the weight and volume of the original machine, the update will be available in two specifications: one with a 500GB hard drive, which launches on 28 September, and the other, a budget version, arriving on 12 October with a 12GB flash memory.

Originally launched in 2006, the PS3 was redesigned in 2009 and has now sold in the region of 66m units worldwide.

The new version retains the curved styling of its predecessors and once again features a Blu-ray drive for playing high definition movies as well as games.

Owners are also able to use the hard drive to store photos and videos as well as digital games. Buyers of the limited 12GB flash version will be able to attach an external hard drive to boost capacity if needed.

Like Nintendo, Sony will allow stores to set the retail price for the new super slim consoles. However, the 500GB model is expected to match the current 320GB model (around £310), while the 12GB option, which is exclusive to Europe, should come in at the same price as the 160GB machine (£189-199).

Sony will also be making a range of bundle deals available in the run up to Christmas featuring titles such as Fifa 13 and Assassin’s Creed 3, as well as the company’s Wonderbook augmented reality reading peripheral.

Launching a refreshed machine with an “entry-level” option just before Christmas will suggest to many in the industry that this is the seven-year-old console’s last hurrah before the announcement of a follow-up at the E3 games conference in Los Angeles next June. Rival manufacturer Microsoft is also expected to reveal its successor to the Xbox 360 at the same event.

Sony announced the new machines at its press conference proceeding the Tokyo Game Show on Tuesday night.

The company also confirmed that its PlayStation Mobile platform will launch on 3 October. The service offers PlayStation certified games on compatible Android handsets and tablets.





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Posted on September 19th, 2012 by  |  No Comments »

PS3 news: 2K Sports Reveals Cover of NBA 2K13 with Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Derrick Rose

The creators of 2K Sports’ incredible “NBA 2K” series have released the cover art for their latest sure-to-be hit, “NBA 2K13,” which hits stores in the United States on October 2, 2012. While Lebron James may be the man right now after his first championship win, the cover of “NBA 2K13″ features three of the rising stars of the NBA — Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls, Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers, and Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Durant, who won his third straight scoring title and helped carry the Thunder to the NBA Finals, said via press release, “Being crowned as one of the NBA 2K13 cover athletes is a huge honor and something I always dreamt about. It’s definitely humbling to grace the cover after the likes of Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird.”

Derrick Rose, the 2011 NBA MVP, added, “It’s a dream come true to be one of the cover athletes for NBA 2K13. I’ve worked closely with 2K Sports since NBA 2K10, and I’m honored to follow in the footsteps of Michael Jordan as the latest Chicago Bull to be featured on the cover. ”

Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, and Derrick Rose have all won the NBA Rookie of the Year award, been named to the All-Star  team eight times, won three scoring titles, and, of course, Rose was named MVP.

Pre-order now and receive NBA All-Star downloadable content presented by Sprite from participating retailers.

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Posted on June 27th, 2012 by  |  No Comments »

news: Wonderbook™: Book of Spells comes to life on PS3

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Bring wizardry to life in your living room on PlayStation 3.

At its pre-E3 press conference on 4 June 2012 in Los Angeles, Sony Computer Entertainment announced Wonderbook: Book of Spells from SCE London Studio in collaboration with J.K. Rowling. Wonderbook: Book of Spells is the first title to be published which uses the innovative new PlayStation 3 peripheral, Wonderbook, and will transform the world around you with the next step in reading and augmented reality gaming.

It is also the first product to result from Sony’s partnership with Pottermore, J.K. Rowling’s unique and free-to-use website that builds an exciting online experience around the reading of her hugely successful Harry Potter™ books.

One Book: a Thousand StoriesWonderbook will bring to life a thousand stories in one physical book with a brand new series of adventures and experiences to explore. A powerful storytelling vehicle and tool for the imagination, Wonderbook will bring exclusive content in immersive new ways by putting you at the heart of the action, using augmented reality technology to transform the world around you. Bringing mystery and discovery to your living room, Wonderbook titles will draw you into new worlds, and give you the chance to live in the stories you love.

The first story: Wonderbook: Book of Spells

Book of Spells is the first title for Wonderbook, the latest addition to the PlayStation experience. Written by Miranda Goshawk over two hundred years ago, Book of Spells can be found in the Restricted Section of the Hogwarts™ library.  It is an advanced textbook for students, which will assist them on their journey to becoming an accomplished witch or wizard.

Book of Spells provides students with a safe environment in which to read, discover, learn and practise spells they already know and love, such as Incendio, Wingardium Leviosa and Expelliarmus, as well as discover mischievous notes and spells scribbled into the margins by previous Hogwarts students, and humorous anecdotal facts relating to the spells. J.K. Rowling has written a conundrum that leads you through the experience, providing insight into the values a witch or wizard has to learn, and inviting you to journey through the book to unlock new content, rewarding successful students along the way.


Discover the magicWonderbook takes augmented reality to spectacular new places with an intuitive and easy to use book. Tilting, rotating, or simply turning the pages bring stories to life all around you like never before.

Learn the art of spell-castingChapter by chapter, you will be able to read about and practise 20 spells, picking up valuable experiences and lessons along the way – as well as house points – just like a student at Hogwarts.Original content from J.K. RowlingFrom the world of Harry Potter, the Book of Spells reveals new and exciting content by the world’s best-loved author. Offering backstories to the famous spells, valuable lessons and brand new creatures, student wizards can unlock more writing with every chapter test.

Keep an eye on and PlayStation.Blog at for more exciting developments ahead of the product’s launch later in 2012.



HARRY POTTER characters, names and all related indicia are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR. Augmented Reality Book Technology ©2012 Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. “Wonderbook” is a trademark or a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. All rights reserved. WonderbookTM: Book of Spells ©2012 Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. Published by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. Developed by SCEE London Studio. All rights reserved

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Posted on June 5th, 2012 by  |  No Comments »

Slim PS3 news: Weekend Essentials 106

Have a fantastic festive weekend, treat yourself to some new games from PlayStation Store and ring in the New Year with PlayStation.

Question witnesses in L.A. Noire

Explore the gritty underworld of 1940s Los Angeles without even leaving the house this weekend on PlayStation 3. Rockstar Games’ blockbuster, L.A. Noire, is now available to download from PlayStation Store so you can solve cases inspired by real-world crimes. Start analysing your suspects now.

Take a strange trip to Oddworld

Outlaws and criminals are on the run in Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath. Play as Stranger, a bounty hunter on a mission, and find hidden items, unlock extras and discover some unusual secrets in this bizarre adventure. Download it now from PlayStation Store to your PS3.

Defend your dungeon

Tower defence meets role-playing games in Dungeon Defenders this weekend on PlayStation 3 – prepare to take part in epic battles, pick up loads of items and trade in animals to defeat your foes. Download this quirky title now from PlayStation Store and head to war.

Discover more of Arkham City

Want to go even deeper into the mean streets of Batman: Arkham City? Download the Challenge Map Pack for free from PlayStation Store and swoop into The Joker’s Carnival, The Batcave and The Iceberg Lounge as Batman himself or any of the playable characters you’ve downloaded.

Do you want to be a millionaire?

Got the family round over the festive period? Take them on and see who’s the smartest – and the richest – with Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Special Editions. This weekend, you can expand your collection and download Who Wants To Be A Football Millionaire? and Who Wants To Be A Music Millionaire? from PlayStation Store. Try your hand at over 600 new questions and win that virtual million.

Win a PS3 system with Disney Universe

Get yourself over to and you could win a copy of Disney Universe on PlayStation 3, along with a PS3 system and some other great Disney goodies.

Great gaming gifts

If you haven’t already filled your loved ones’ stockings with PlayStation treats, check out our gift guides for some inspiration. Whether it’s for a fighting fanatic, a radical racer or a fun-loving family member, there’s just enough time to get everyone the perfect PlayStation present. Just search for “Gaming Gifts 2011″ on

We’ll be back on 6 January 2012 – until then, enjoy the festive content on Keep your eyes peeled for our New Year’s Eve party guide, find out what industry figures have enjoyed in 2011 and discover why people are so excited about the launch of PlayStation Vita. Have a wonderful Christmas.

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Posted on December 23rd, 2011 by  |  No Comments »

Slim PS3 news: minis monthly 9

Say hello to robots, monsters and one scary little lady…

Check out the minis that joined PlayStation Store in July 2011 – have you played them all yet?

First is an exciting platform title developed by The Bearded Ladies with the help and creativity of the PlayStation Community – Gamocracy One: Legend of Robot. Mankind’s survival is at risk, and only the amazing robot, H-7, can save the day. Guide the mechanical hero through more than 20 levels that will take you everywhere from the tropical South American jungle to the mean streets of Los Angeles.

Have you seen Dr Maybee? No? Neither has Scarygirl. Head out with her on a bizarre adventure to find the doctor and discover the mysteries of her past. Jump, kick, swing and fight your way through a crazy world and keep a lookout for weird and wonderful objects to help you on your way. Download Dr Maybee and the Adventures of Scarygirl from PlayStation Store.

Play as a ferocious beast in Me Monstar: Hear Me Roar! and gobble up people’s dreams in 30 challenging levels. Travel down the roaring road, take on brutal enemies and earn loads of Monstar parts to complete your look. Watch out for smaller Monstars, too – they’re super tasty.

There are loads more great minis titles to download for PlayStation 3 and PSP – check them all out at PlayStation Store

July’s top 10 minis downloads:

The Angry Birds are still flying high…

1. Angry Birds

2. Cohort Chess


4. I Must Run!

5. PAC-MAN Championship Edition

6. Arcade Pool & Snooker

7. Gamocracy One: Legend of Robot

8. Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter

9. Karoshi

10. Farm Frenzy

Did you know?

The minis section of PlayStation Store has had a revamp – go check it out!

All of the bite-sized titles mentioned above can be downloaded from PlayStation Store for your PlayStation 3 and PSP. Check out our next minis update in September 2011. is updated frequently per day with the latest Free Slim PS3 news and games reviews.

Posted on August 29th, 2011 by  |  No Comments »

Slim PS3 news: Weekend Essentials 83

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Harry Potter signs off in style, EA serves up a feast of summer bargains and you can win Gran Turismo 5: Signature Edition with PlayStation.

It all ends here for Harry PotterHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2: The Videogame is the thrilling finale to one of the biggest entertainment series of the past ten years. The downfall of Voldemort is the priority in this gripping, emotional farewell to the boy wizard who came of age throughout a magical series of books, movies and video games. Join the fight now on PlayStation 3.

Captain America hits PS3As we wave goodbye to one icon in Harry Potter, another comes crashing in. Captain America: Super Soldier places the US patriot into a fight for his nation’s future against the massed ranks of HYDRA. It’s a titanic battle that can be witnessed in impressive stereoscopic 3D when it launches on PS3 this weekend.

Gamocracy shows the sense of Community Introducing Gamocracy One: Legend of Robot, the result of a unique project to get the official PlayStation Community involved in developing its very own game. H-7 is the robot hero, mankind’s survival the goal, and across 20 breakneck levels – including Los Angeles and the South American jungle – you’ll witness the ingenuity of your fellow PlayStation fans in this minis game. Download it to your PS3 and PSP, only from PlayStation Store.

Sizzling EA Summer SpecialsHead to PlayStation Store where you’ll find the EA Summer Specials sale taking place. There’s 30 per cent off a host of downloadable games, including the classic puzzler Tetris, the scribbled delights of The Fancy Pants Adventures and the PlayStation Move enabled shocks of Dead Space: Ignition. The sale runs until 20 July 2011, so download some bargains today.  

Stay cool with the Video Store of PlayStation StoreDownload a fantastic new selection of movies at prices to give you a sunny outlook, courtesy of the Video Store of PlayStation Store. Some you’ll want to keep forever, while others are available for rental so you can save room for exciting new content. You’ll be able to clap eyes on blockbuster films for your PS3 and PSP throughout the summer at great prices.

Win a copy of Gran Turismo 5: Signature EditionGet your hands on the highly sought-after Gran Turismo 5: Signature Edition on PS3 in our exclusive competition. There are 15 copies of the game up for grabs, each one signed by the creator of the Gran Turismo series himself – Kazunori Yamauchi. To enter, head to before 18 July 2011.

Win an ace Virtua Tennis 4 bundleGrand Slam tennis season is in full swing in Virtua Tennis 4 on PS3. With the excitement of Wimbledon still fresh in the mind, you can bag yourself a copy of the game along with a PlayStation Move motion controller and a PlayStation Eye camera. Just head to and sign in with your PlayStation Network Sign-In ID to be in with a chance of winning.

Keep an eye on PlayStation Blog at for the latest PlayStation news as it happens and visit for your chance to win great prizes.

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Posted on July 15th, 2011 by  |  No Comments »

Wii 2 complete guide

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Nintendo’s brilliant scientists are locked in their hollow volcano, feverishly bashing together a successor to the monumentally popular Wii console. While we’re hearing that a playable Wii 2 will be unveiled in just a few weeks at the E3 gaming conference in Los Angeles, official details surrounding the new console are still thin on the ground. But rumours — that’s a different story! Here’s what we’ve been hearing through the grapevine…

The Wii 2 will be HD

Game Informer was the first site to break the Wii 2 story in April, citing anonymous sources who claimed the next console — which has taken on the curious moniker ‘Project Café’ — would be able to run games in high definition.

Both the Xbox 360 and the PS3 can already do this, and by comparison the Wii looks frankly ropey, graphics-wise. But don’t take this as a sign that Nintendo will definitely be cramming hi-def holly-jollies into its next console — the success of the Wii wasn’t down to its graphical capabilities, but its accessibility.

We’d think any new console would now be HD-capable by default, but frankly Nintendo’s never taken much notice of what we think a console should be — it’s always happily marched to its own beat.

The controller will have a built-in screen

We’re hearing this everywhere. The rumour goes that the Wii 2’s controller will feature its own hi-def screen. Some sites report it’ll be a touchscreen panel (akin to the lower screen on the Nintendo 3DS), and guesses put it at anywhere between 5 and 6.2 inches on the diagonal.

We’ve even heard that the screen will use fancy ‘haptic’ tech that enables the panel to feel like different things — when you stroke the screen it could feel like a brush or like wood, for example. We’re not sure how Ninty could possibly work that idea into a videogame, but the technology does exist, and the company has a history of adopting weird, unproven tech in its hardware.

It’ll cater to hardcore gamers 

We’ve also read that the controller will feature two analogue sticks, which would make the traditional gaming crowd very happy indeed, as it would prime the Wii 2 for intense first-person-shooter games. Myths abound that the new controller will also be slathered in buttons, shoulder-mounted triggers and a front-facing camera — further inciting rumours that this console will see Nintendo welcoming die-hard, muscly-thumbed gamers back into the fold, possibly with an upgraded online service.

But we wouldn’t count on it. Nintendo’s secured a legion of wealthy casual-gaming enthusiasts with the Wii, and it will be very wary of scaring them off with an interface that resembles an air-traffic control deck. We’re certain the new controller will keep the Wii’s motion-control capabilities, and if it adds anything new it won’t be a mass of buttons, but something more streamlined.

It’s more powerful than the Xbox 360 or PS3

This could well be true — a spot of computational one-upmanship is always welcome when new consoles are announced, and it aligns with the hi-def rumour. French site 01net reports the Wii 2 will pack a Custom IBM PowerPC triple-core CPU, an ATI R700-family graphics processor, and at least 512MB of RAM.

Nintendo’s never made much of a song and dance about graphical grunt, but it’s possible that performance-wise the next Wii could blow the current generation out of the water. There’s something to consider though — price.

The Wii’s success can be largely attributed to its fairly low starting price. Consoles that pack in a warehouse’s worth of spanking new tech are always pricey, and Ninty won’t want to alienate the casual crowd with an expensive bit of hardware. So while the next Wii could outclass the Xbox and PS3 on paper, we’d be surprised if Nintendo opted for the most expensive components it could find.

Backwards compatibility

The current Wii can run Gamecube games, so we’d hope the next Wii could at least run Wii titles. This one’s pretty much a cert.

When we try to apply our feeble human brains to dreaming up a new Nintendo console, the best we can come up with is an HD machine, with a cool controller and great online play. But we’re basically picturing an Xbox 360, and we doubt Nintendo is prepared to behave so conventionally. Here’s hoping for something truly mind-bending when the Wii 2 is unveiled in a few weeks time.

We’ll update this story with new rumours and more information as it becomes clear, but what do you imagine the Wii 2 will be like? We want your insane theories littering the comments, and our Facebook wall. 

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Posted on May 18th, 2011 by  |  No Comments »

Modern Warfare 3 plot, setting and multiplayer modes leaked – Console news

Details of the as-yet-unannounced Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 have been leaked online, and include an in-depth plot summary, images, multiplayer mode details and even a release date.

The follow up to the astronomically successful Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 hasn’t even been officially confirmed by publisher Activision, but gaming site Kotaku has spilled the beans on almost every aspect of the upcoming shooter, in what is probably the biggest gaming leak since the Nintendo 3DS was exposed early last year, months ahead of its E3 announcement.

Modern Warfare 3 is in development across studios Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software, and will probably get an official reveal at the upcoming E3 conference in Los Angeles. Any of the details in the leak are obviously subject to change before the final product hits the shelves, but the info that’s been released is incredibly detailed.

The game is bound to be one of the biggest titles of the year, so Activision will surely be tearing its hair out at this security breach. 

We wouldn’t want to fill any unwilling eyes with poisonous spoilers, so if you fancy finding out what happens in the game for yourself then stop reading now.

Okay, we’re good?


Okay. So now we know that Modern Warfare 3 will kick off where the previous game left off, with the US under siege from Russian forces, crazy bad guy Vladimir Marakov still at large, and Captains ‘Soap’ MacTavish and Price wounded and on the run.

The game will take place across a wide variety of locations, including London, New York, Paris and Dubai, where the final showdown takes place.

The game will be released on 8 November, and the multiplayer is said to feature 20 different maps, including a battle in Brooklyn and closer to home in Lambeth — just down the road from CNET UK’s office. We hope the imposing Imperial War Museum is part of the map.

If you’re keen to see the complete plot (it involves frequent changes of location and lots of shooting), and a tonne more spoilers, pictures and audio clips, head on over to the original story. And let us know what you think about the whole debacle in the comments, or on our Facebook page. is updated several times every day with all very latest Slim PS3 news, reviews and features.

Posted on May 13th, 2011 by  |  No Comments »

Nintendo confirms Wii successor – Console news

The Wii 2 will be unveiled at the giant E3 event in June and will launch next year.

Nintendo has confirmed that it will be launching a successor to its massively successful Wii home console in 2012. As rumoured for several weeks, the new machine will be unveiled at the giant E3 video game event, which takes place from June 7-9 in Los Angeles.

The company released a brief announcement on its investor relations website this morning, but has provided no other information. The confirmation coincides with the release of the veteran manufacturer’s earnings for the fiscal year ending 31 March 2011, which show a 52% fall in operating income, from ¥356bn (£2.6bn) in 2010 to ¥171bn. Worldwide annual sales of Wii hardware have also fallen from just over 20m in 2010 to 15.08m.

The Wii remains the most successful console release of its generation, with sales of around 86m, compared to 53m for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and 49.5m for the Sony PlayStation 3. However, the console has been available since 2006 and a refresh is now thought to be essential if Nintendo is to maintain its dominant position. An E3 announcement would allow the company to build on momentum generated by the release of the 3DS console last month.

Although no technical specifications for the Wii successor – allegedly codenamed “Project Cafe” – have been revealed, gossip and speculation are rife around the industry. Anonymous development sources have claimed to several news sites that development kits are already with big publishers such as Electronic Arts, Ubisoft and Activision. Games site IGN claims that it has been handed details of the architecture, which reportedly includes a triple-core IBM PowerPC processor and an AMD Fusion graphics processing unit. If true, this would make it considerably more powerful than the current Wii and a step up from the Xbox 360 (which has a similar internal set-up) and the PS3.

It is almost certain that, unlike Wii, “Project Cafe” will provide 1080p HD visuals. It is also set to feature a controller with its own built-in 6in display, effectively resembling a mini-tablet PC. This screen will be able to stream game visuals from the main console (showing, say, track layouts for racing games or interactive maps for adventure titles), but the controller may also be able to operate as seperate handheld games devices. Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto also hinted last week that the 3DS may be able to act as a “Project Cafe” joypad.

Nintendo has refused to comment on any of the speculation surrounding the new machine.




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Posted on April 25th, 2011 by  |  No Comments »

LA Noire: new trailer released

Rockstar provides a fresh peek into its atmospheric ’50s crime drama, this time focusing on your partners at the LAPD and the game’s ranking system.

The latest in a generous series of LA Noire trailers has been launched this afternoon. This one gives some insight into the rise of Cole Phelps from uniformed cop to high-ranking detective. On the way, we meet the assortment of partners he works with at the LAPD, including his showy vice sidekick, Roy Earle, who has a touch of the LA Confidential Kevin Spacey about him.

In the game, Phelps must solve a series of brutal crimes, with players using interrogation sequences to puzzle out the details of each case. The video explains the game’s ‘Intuition Points’ system, which provides optional hints to players when they become stuck. There’s also some stuff on the side-missions that players are able to partake in between and during the major crimes, including foiling street robberies and tackling ‘Unassigned Cases’.

There’s lots of that famed period detail too, with plenty of famous Los Angeles locations zooming by during the in-game excerpts. LA Noire is out on Xbox 360 and PS3 on May 20. As ever, take a look and let us know what you think…




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Posted on April 22nd, 2011 by  |  No Comments »