Sony Corp. this week said it will sell a new redesigned slim Playstation 3 in the U.S. beginning in late Sept.

The new PS3 model CECH-4000 will be sold in 250GB Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception Bundle SKU at $269.99 Sept. 25 and a 500GB SKU at $299.99 Oct. 30.

The company said the internal volume and weight of the new PS3 has been reduced by more than half of the original PS3 model sold in 2006 and by 20 to 25 percent of the current model.

An additional model that includes 12GB flash memory will be sold in the European market Oct. 12.

Sony in July said the company’s game division, which includes the Playstation business, incurred a $45 million loss on revenue of $1.5 billion in the first quarter amid declining sales of consoles and handhelds.

By comparison, the division held a $52.3 million profit in the same quarter one year ago.

The Playstation 3 and Playstation 2 sold a combined 2.8 million units in the quarter, down from 3.2 million from one year prior.

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