Sony believes that it won’t just be PlayStation fans who pick up the bulk of new super slimline PS3 models due for release next week, but Xbox 360 owners too.
Speaking with GameSpot, PlayStation VP of hardware marketing John Koller claims that there’s been a lot of interest from Xbox 360 customers since the PS3 ‘Super Slim’ was announced earlier this week.
"We have seen a very high interest rate from Xbox 360 consumers wanting to purchase a second console," he said. "We’ve held up Uncharted 3 as our flagship product over the last year and it’s a good opportunity for those types of consumers to come over and own a second console in their household."
“We saw the same kind of thing happen in reverse during the PS2 years when a lot of PS2 consumers said they wanted to get an Xbox because of Halo and some other games. So we think the strategy works and it’s a good one.”
The new PS3 model will be 25 percent smaller and 20 percent lighter than previous models and will be less power hungry, consuming approximately 190 watts. Due to launch on Friday, September 28, it will cost around $269 (£249.99) for the 500GB model, which will come packaged with Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception and DLC for Dust 514. A 250GB super slim PS3 will launch in October.