Nevertheless, the speculation can be put to rest as Sony Japan just issued a press release announcing a new 160GB “Classic White” PS3 Slim model and 320GB charcoal black PS3 Slim for Japan. Interestingly enough, the model series on these units is CECH-2500 and they will be releasing on Thursday, July 29th for 29,980 yen (including tax) and 34,980 yen (including tax) respectively.
The company has also announced a new “PS3 Digital Recorder Pack” that includes a black 160GB PS3 Slim model (CEJH-10011) and a “tome” digital recorder. This unit will be available on July 29th for 36,980 yen (including tax).
Accordingly, Sony Japan will also be releasing a Classic White DUALSHOCK 3 Wireless Controller and Classic White console stand for the new 160GB model with suggested retail prices of 5,500 yen (including tax) and 2,000 yen (including tax) respectively.
No word yet from Sony regarding international availability for the new models, but we are anticipating another press release within two to three weeks of the first sales on Japanese markets.