While its easy to pick up second hand & refurbished consoles via gamestop and various other retailers, Sony are no longer exporting new sealed units to North America, Europe or the Asia-Pacific region. The console has now officially entered its end of life phase.
As a result, there is now a high demand for sealed/mint condition 1st gen, or "PHAT" model & Original Slim Model PS3 consoles and they have subsequently increased in value dramatically.
As of July 2018, an unopened, sealed original/slim PS3 console can go for up to $4000 USD and higher depending on the particular model, with some limited edition bundle consoles selling for even more...
The cloud Black PS3 console is the 160gb PS3 model (CECHP/Q) that was released as a 'premium' alternative to the then-standard non-BC 80gb console. Obviously the CECHP/Q "160gb" debuted at a higher price & had the largest stock hard drive ever to ship with a PS3 console.
The CECHP/Q “160gb” model is largely identical to the previous CECHK “80gb” in terms of internal hardware.
The Cloud Black 160GB PS3 is also noteworthy as the final retail release of the traditional “fat” CECH series, replaced in late 2009 by the long-rumored, slimmed-down CECH-20 series. In other words, what makes this model so valuable is that it is considered the best of the PHAT models aswell as the last one ever manufactured before the release of the Slim series.
- Hardware Specifications:
Model PlayStation 3 - Original
Region Code NTSC-J (Japan)
Hard Drive Capacity 160GB
Additional Product Features:
Audio Output Support: Stereo
Power Source Types: Power Supply-Internal
Console Color: Cloud Black
Supported Media :DVD-ROM, BD-Rom, CD-ROM
Country Region: Japan
RAM Technology: RDRAM (Rambus)
Memory Capacity: 256MB
Edition: Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Limited Edition Bundle
Internet Connectivity: Wireless
CHIPSET - 65nm Cell / 65nm RSX
POWER CONSUMPTION - 130 Watts Avg. / 280 Watts Max.
USB - The front of the console has two USB 2.0 compatible ports.
WIFI - Built-in B/G Wireless Networking Compability
CONTROLLER - Cloud Black Limited Edition DualShock3
RELEASE: CECHQ - April 2009
ORIGINAL RETAIL PRICE: 49,980 JPY