Pictures have surfaced today of the new PS3 vertical stand, which as McFadge has already pointed out is not *required*, but which most would agree should be strongly considered lest your $600 piece of equipment tip over (and it doesn’t look like it needs much for that to happen).
I would expect the USD $24 accessory to sell in NZ for at least $49.99, if not $59.99 (or more), but unfortunately for that price you get a disappointing stand which is barely more functional than McFadge and Kotaku’s suggestion.
Instead of having a round plated base like was used for the PS2 slimline and Nintendo Wii console stands, which actually offer support against tilting forces, the PS3 stand appears to be shaped in the footprint of the console and offer minimal protection against tipping. Click past the break for the image of the new stand.
New Sony PS3 stand for the “slim” model:
For comparison, here is Sony’s vertical stand for the PS2 slimline model, which affixed to the base of the console and provided stability: