The long rumoured new version of the PS3 console has been official revealed this afternoon. The console will be available with a 500GB hard drive for the price of €299.99 and a 12GB version will be available for €229.99 with the option of an official PS3 250GB hard drive. Third-party drives will also be supported.

The new model PS3 will launch in Europe on September 28th and the 500GB version will be bundled with the highly-anticipated FIFA 13. The following are the worldwide prices and launch dates for the console:

Storage size Recommended Retail Price Launch Date
North America HDD 500GB US$299 October 30th
HDD 250GB US$249 September 25th
Europe (PAL) HDD 500GB €299 September 28th
Flash Memory 12GB €229 October 12th
Japan HDD 500GB 29,800 Yen (including tax) October 4th
HDD 250GB 24,900Yen (including tax) October 4th

To coincide with the launch of the beautiful new PS3 console, Sony have introduced a new PS3 Essentials range. These titles will be available for €19.99 at retail while some titles will also be available on the PS Store for €14.99 (any titles marked with a *). The following is the list of initial titles:

1st Party Titles:
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune*
Resistance Fall of Man
Heavenly Sword
God of War III
LittleBig Planet*
Ratchet & Clank: Tools of Destruction
ModNation Racers*
Sports Champions*
EyePet & Friends
Start The Party!
DanceStar Party!
Medieval Moves*
Move Fitness*
The Fight*

3rd Party Titles:
Assassin’s Creed II*
Assassin’s Creed*
Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood*
Far Cry 2*
Prince of Persia*
Driver San Francisco*
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas 2*
James Cameron’s Avatar: The Game*
Prince of Persia – The Forgotten Sands*
Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood*
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2*
Brothers In Arms: Hell’s Highway
Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X
Deus Ex: Human Revolution*
Tomb Raider: Underworld*
Just Cause 2*
Sniper: Ghost Warrior
Tekken 6
SEGA Mega Drive: Ultimate Collection
Sonic Unleashed
Virtua Fighter 5
Darksiders: Wrath Of War*
Homefront: Ultimate Edition*