With Christmas 2010 creeping up on us, the big console producers have all been trying to improve their systems to try and dominate the market over the festive period. Sony began earlier this year by slimming their PS3 down hugely, whilst Microsoft improved their Xbox 306 console with added features and built in wireless.
Many onlookers are now expecting Sony to announce the release of their White PS3, which is already available to consumers in Japan. Although the manufacturer hasn’t confirmed the reports, it seems a likely outcome given the latest Xbox and Sony’s desire to ensure their produce is one of the top ‘must have’ Christmas gifts.
Another thing that suggests Sony might be about to release the white PS3 in Europe is their announcement that the PS3 will enjoy larger hard drives, as they already do in Japan. Currently, Japanese consumers enjoy 160bg and 320gb hard-drives, which are considerably bigger than the drives that come with European PS3’s.
A side-benefit of the new PS3’s from Sony includes the face that older PS3’s are extremely likely to drop in price, meaning they’ll be more affordable for those who simply can’t afford to spend hundreds of pounds on individual gifts. So if you have a son and you’re looking for affordable gifts for him, just wait for the newer PS3 and you should find you can afford the older version, even if it’s second hand.
Sony have confirmed the larger capacity console, but as yet haven’t released details on when the console will be available in the UK or the rest of Europe. In spite of this, most people following the story expect Sony to have released the new console by Christmas this year. In terms of prices, most are expecting the new model to simply replace the older one, meaning it shouldn’t be any more expensive than the current console.