Sony has used the occasion of the Tokyo Game Show 2012 to unveil and show off its latest hardware offering, a super-slimline version of its popular PlayStation 3 gaming device that is 20 per cent smaller and 25 per cent lighter than its predecessor.
Rumoured as far back as July, the Japanese electronics firm won't be dragging its heels with regards to roll out of the svelte new console either, with a suped-up 500GB model set to hit UK shelves as soon as 28 September.
In addition, a special family edition sporting 12GB flash memory will follow, arriving in stores on 12 October. Presumably, it's aimed at consumers who want to use the PS3 primarily for media playback as opposed to intensive gaming, though a 250GB hard drive add-on will be made available at the same time for those who wish to combine affordability with a decent gaming capability.
While UK pricing has yet to be confirmed, Sony has revealed that mainland European pricing will run at €299 (£240) for a package including the eagerly anticipated new football title, FIFA 13. The flash memory iteration will sell for €220 (£175). The new products will be available in 'charcoal black' and 'classic white' flavours and feature a grooved top cover.
The announcement over in Japan represents what is likely to be Sony's last great PS3 push, with its next-generation games console, the PS4, expected to debut in 2013 – possibly as early as the E3 show in June.
Sony's older 'slimline' PS3 offering currently retails at £184.99 for a 160GB model on Amazon.