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PlayStation 3 'Slim' finally revealed

Posted by Michael Plant
  • Wednesday, 19 August 2009 at 12:01 pm

Sony has always tended to update and rethink their consoles in the past and it seems the PS3 is to be no exception. Revealed last night at GamesCom 2009 Expo in Cologne, Germany comes the oft rumoured PS3 redesign, officially named ‘PlayStation 3 (CECH-2000A),’ but lets stick to simply calling the ‘Slim’ shall we? Featuring a much toned waistline in comparison to the original PS3, the console will get a UK release on 1 September 2009.

Sony has stated a suggested retail price of €299 in PAL territories while in the US the asking price is $299 (given current conversion rates a mere €211). British online retailers meanwhile have already placed it at the price point of £249.99, not as cheap as the US model but still cheaper than the existing PS3. For your money you will get the console and a Dualshock PS3 controller, a 120GB hard drive, wi-fi support, two USB ports and apparently a third less power consumption. The more technically minded of you will be pleased to hear that the console’s release coincides with the release of PS3 firmware 3.00 which features "Various user-friendly features such as the ‘What’s New’ screen, where users can quickly browse the new items available in PlayStation Store as well as their recently played games," according to Sony.

Gone however is the ability to install a second operating system such as Linux on the console, the official line being that: "The new PS3 system will focus on delivering games and other entertainment content." The system will also come as a disappointment to potential buyers waiting to upgrade their PS2 as the system will not usher in a return of the much lamented PS2 to PS3 backwards compatibility feature – a function included with launch PS3s but subsequently discarded by Sony on later models. Whether or not this proves a mistake in Sony’s plan for domination of the console market place remains to be seen, but with Sony recording losses from all divisions they really need every weapon at their disposal heading into the competitive Christmas period.



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