What Are Some Different Versions of the PS3 Console?


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Different versions of the PlayStation 3 console include release models, second generation models, the PlayStation 3 Slim and the PlayStation 3 Super Slim. Limited edition variations include a red-cased Super Slim console bundled with “God of War: Ascension” and a blue casing exclusive at Gamestop.

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Sony Computer Entertainment released the first generation of PlayStation consoles in 2013 in North America at manufacturer-suggested retail prices of $499 for a 20-gigabyte hard drive and $599 for a 60-gigabyte hard drive. The 60-gigabyte model was the only one to feature a high-definition multimedia interface port. The second generation kept the casing of the 60-gigabyte model and had larger hard drives with a lower suggested price of the console; the 80-gigabyte model retailed for $399, and the 160-gigabyte model retailed for $499.

The Slim model featured a full hardware redesign, with a slimmer casing, quieter internal fan and more efficient power consumption. The console also featured a redesigned operating system and another reduction in price, with the base 160-gigabyte model available for $299.

The Super Slim was the last console update prior to Sony’s release of the PlayStation 4. The model continued the trend of slimmer casings, larger hard drives and lower prices, with the 250-gigabyte model retailing at $270.

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