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Old 08-19-2009, 01:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The Slim is hitting stores September 1 in North America and Europe and will cost $299 (or for those who live in regions, 299 euros or 29,980 yen). Hirai says the device has the same features and functions as the "old" PS3 but is 33 percent smaller, 36 percent lighter, and comes with a 120GB hard drive. (See photo comparison here).

Sony says that to achieve the new form factor, the internal design architecture of the new PS3 system has been completely redesigned--"from the main semiconductors and power supply unit to the cooling mechanism."

The PS3 Slim is powered by a new 45nm version of the Cell processor, which runs at the same speed as the 60nm processor in the "old" PS3 but is smaller and more energy efficient. According to company reps, power consumption for the Slim has also been cut to two-thirds, "helping to reduce fan noise," which is important.

On the cosmetic front, this model has a textured surface finish that gives the PS3 a fresh, casual look that the company hopes will make it more appealing to a wider audience (read: casual gamers). As previously rumored, the PS3 logo has undergone a redesign and Sony's changing the PS3 brand name from "PLAYSTATION 3" to "PlayStation 3" (we've actually been calling it the PlayStation 3 for a while).

Like the 80GB and 160GB models, the 120GB PS3 Slim has built-in Wi-Fi and two USB ports (sorry, Sony didn't add IR or backwards compatibility for PS2 games). You can also upgrade/replace the hard drive without voiding the warranty, though Sony has moved the hard drive from the side of the unit to the front for "easier access." (To remove the hard drive, you simply unscrew two screws). The one feature missing from the Slim is the ability to install another operating system (i.e., Linux)--Sony is doing away with that feature.

With earlier PS3s, you could prop your unit up vertically or lay it down horizontally. Out of the box, the Slim is only designed to be used in a horizontal position, but Sony will sell a $24 stand that allows you to stand it up vertically.

In making the move to the PS3 Slim, Sony will be upgrading the firmware to 3.00 and phasing out its legacy 80GB and 160GB models, selling them for $299 and $399 respectively.

John Koller, director of hardware marketing for Sony Computer Entertainment America, says they've been able to run down inventory of older models, but he didn't have the best answer as to why someone would buy an old 80GB model over the new 120GB Slim. "Some people want a unit right away and they may like the look of the old unit," he said. "People will have their reasons for wanting one."

We're expecting our review sample to arrive tomorrow. But GameSpot's Ricardo Torres and Sarju Shah were lucky enough to already get a Slim.
LINK: Sony officially announces $299 PS3 Slim | Crave - CNET

i am soo stoked about this...i got my 80gb ps3 3 weeks ago and iam gonna return that to buy this.....and its only $299....its coming out on sept 1st

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Old 08-19-2009, 01:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
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here's an unboxing video put out by gamespot and side by side comparisons....
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Old 08-19-2009, 01:54 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Tbh I'm not feeling the new design of the ps3, it looks like a cheap Chinese knockoff but so does the slim ps2 and mine still works perfectly after so many years...fck I'm just pissed I didn't wait a little while longer and bought my ps3 for 100 less
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Old 08-19-2009, 03:45 PM   #4 (permalink)
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oh my god.
fuck getting a new 360, I want that.
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hold on.... how much are regular ps3's right now?
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$399 now. But you usually get a game or two with it
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thats sick !!! but with my budget and the games coming out this fall mw2 etc. it'll have to wait for christmas for me
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hold on.... how much are regular ps3's right now?
starting today 80gb "old" ps3's are 299 and 160gb old ps3's are 399 ...both 100 less then before and the new slim 120gb will be 299 starting sept. 1, I don't understand how sony will sell the old 80 and new slim for the same price so I'm guessing there might be another price drop for the old 80.
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I have a 60gb backwards compatible PS3 I will never get rid of it. also 2 usb ports sucks balls.
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starting today 80gb "old" ps3's are 299 and 160gb old ps3's are 399 ...both 100 less then before and the new slim 120gb will be 299 starting sept. 1, I don't understand how sony will sell the old 80 and new slim for the same price so I'm guessing there might be another price drop for the old 80.
hmmm.... i may just have to get a ps3 in that case
Especially if there is going to be another price drop - i suspect you'l be correct on that one.

Also, are not all ps3's backwards compatible?
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I like it, if my PS3 ever breaks I'mma get that.
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the new ps3 are the same as the old 80gb ps3 but much smaller...and have 120gb hard drive...and are only 299.99.....and now you can add harddrive yourself without voiding the warranty.....its awesome....
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hmmm.... i may just have to get a ps3 in that case
Especially if there is going to be another price drop - i suspect you'l be correct on that one.

Also, are not all ps3's backwards compatible?
nope....only the initial release 40gb ones are backward compatible...if i am not mistaken....
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You can add a harddrive to the old ps3's too but I t hink it voids your warranty...I know a lot of ppl with 500gb ps3s
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You can add a harddrive to the old ps3's too but I t hink it voids your warranty...I know a lot of ppl with 500gb ps3s
thats exactly what i stated.......now you don't have to void your warrant...
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hmmm.... i may just have to get a ps3 in that case
Especially if there is going to be another price drop - i suspect you'l be correct on that one.

Also, are not all ps3's backwards compatible?
Nope only the old 40s and 60s. Yup you should pick up a ps3 when you can now, the price drop and new slim will up sony over the top in sales imo.

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thats exactly what i stated.......now you don't have to void your warrant...
My bad nvr read your post, and I just asked a friend and he said that you actually don't void your warranty when you open up your old ps3, he had a 500gb one and then later on had drive problems and used the warranty with no problems.

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40 gigs arent backward compatible. The old 80's are like 88% backwards compatible and the old 60 gigs are fully backwards compatible.
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I have a 60gb backwards compatible PS3 I will never get rid of it. also 2 usb ports sucks balls.
It's the best version of the PS3 ever released.

They just keep getting cheaper which means less quality.

I use the backwards compatibility a lot since I play a bunch of ps2 games but it's definitely a good move by Sony. A PS3 for this price is solid.
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My bad nvr read your post, and I just asked a friend and he said that you actually don't void your warranty when you open up your old ps3, he had a 500gb one and then later on had drive problems and used the warranty with no problems.
hmm....weird....the guy at futureshop told me that you void your warranty if you try to change your had drive in the old ones...but you dont with the new ones because sony wants people to be able to add hdd...
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