Rumor: 12GB PS3 Coming to the USA and Canada on August 18th for $199.99

Out of all the different PS3 systems that have been available since console launch (60GB, 80GB, 120GB, 1 billion GB, etc), one that hasn’t reached North American shores is the 12GB version.

Thanks to PSLS reader Jim, who sent us a pic of a database entry from EB Games/GameStop Canada, it looks like we may be receiving it on August 18th for $199.99:


Since we aren’t able to verify the 12GB PS3, and whether it’s launching in Canada, as well as the United States (Sony usually treats North America as one, but it’s possible we could have another Wii Mini situation on our hands), we’ve reached out to Sony and we’ll let you know if we hear anything back. Should it come out, it will likely also release alongside the ‘External Mounting Bracket’, which you’ll need to buy if you want to replace the HDD – in the UK, it currently costs £10 ($15.50).

Of course, if this is true, it would mean that Sony backtracked on what John Koller previously told Engadget about the 12GB system in North America:

The smaller Flash drive isn’t coming to North America, and a lot of that reason is the digital consumer. We really want to make sure, out of the box, that there is an option for them to be able to download that content. That is really critical for us, very very important.

Would you buy a 12GB PS3? Let us know in the comments below.

[Thanks, Jim!]

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