To the disappointment of some, a marquee announcement at Sony‘s pre-Tokyo Game Show unveiling was none other than a newly developed slimmed-down version of the PS3. Like iterations of the past, the PS3 will enjoy a smaller footprint with a 20% reduction in overall size and coming in 25% lighter — with no performance upgrades. The top-loading console takes similar cues to the previous, slimmed down PS2 in hopes of creating a few more sales and prolonging the lifeline of its once revolutionary console. The console will be available in a 250GB bundle with Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception Game of the Year Editionand a $30 digital content voucher for DUST 514. Additionally, a standalone 500GB bundle will release for $299 USD. The releases will take place stateside starting October 30 — the same release day asAssassin’s Creed III.