Sony announced today that it will be releasing a new model of PlayStation 3, as well as a new color scheme. The CECHH00 Series will be available in ceramic white and clear black on November 11. Just as with the recently released model in Europe, the Japanese release will not include PlayStation 2 backwards compatibility.
The new model PlayStation 3 will include a 40GB hard-disk drive and will be priced at 39,980 yen after tax. Effective October 17, the 20GB and 60GB models will be available at the recommended price of 44,980 and 54,980 yen respectively.
Previously announced at the recent Tokyo Game Show, the Dualshock 3 controller will also be available in Japan on November 11 and will carry the price of 5,500 yen after tax. The updated controller will be available in black as well as ceramic white.
Also announced was that beginning October 17 and including the new model's release, the first 200,000 purchasers of the 20, 40, and 60 GB models would receive the Blu-ray movie of Spiderman 3 for free. Currently the only known role-playing title utilizing the new rumble feature is the just released Folklore. At this time, the new model has not been announced for North America.