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An updated version of the Playstation 3 console released in September 2009

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The PS3 loses some weight ...and gets $100 cheaper

  • Aug 23, 2009
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Just released in the USA! Gamers can now get their hands on a brand new 'slim' version of the Sony PS3 console.  The new Slim PS3 should offer the same gaming experience as the old "phat" version and is now available for pre-order.  The new redesigned console features a new smaller (and more efficient) 45-nanometer computer chip, slimmer form factor, and a 120GB hard drive.  Although the new 45-nanometer chip is much more energy efficient than the 65-nanometer chip used on the "phat" PS3 versions, there isn't an official "clock speed" of the new chip yet.  One new feature on the PS3 Slim is the "HDMI + Bravia Sync" function, which simply enables you to control mutiple "Sony" products (that use HDMI) with the same remote.  The PS3 Slim still plays Blu-ray movies, has built-in Wifi, 2 USB ports, and free access to the Playstation Network Membership. 

I was also happy to learn that the hard drive can easily be swapped out/upgraded very easily and without voiding the warranty (just like on the "older" PS3 versions).  The console uses a 2.5" SATA laptop hard drive.

-Slimmer, lighter, more energy efficient.

-Standard 120GB hard drive (easily swappable/upgrade)

-Offers nearly all the features available on previous PS3s.

-$100 Bucks cheaper (and half as much as the original price tag on the PS3 at Launch)

-New HDMI+Bravia functionality

Possible Cons:

-Build quality may not be as "resilient" as older PS3

-New "45-nanometer chip" may not be as powerful as original, since official "clock speed" has yet to be released.

-Still No PS2 Backwards compatibility... lame.

Bottom Line:
For $299, you can get a Slim (and more efficient) new PS3 video game console/Blu-ray player! I think Sony has made a very smart move, and the consumer is getting a lot of bang for their buck. I think it's really going to open up the Blu-ray market, as well as the PS3 market.  The one thing that would've made it much sweeter is if they added PS2 backward compatibility.  There have been rumors that Sony will soon release a firmware update that will enable backwards compatibility... and I for one, definitely hope that it's true. Even so, I think the new price/hardware is great news for gamers and Blu-ray fans everywhere.

Note: If you'd rather own the current 80GB (phat) version of the PS3, the price was also recently reduced to $299. I think this is an attempt to phase out this version in light of the PS3 Slim.

PS3 Slim Features:

  • HDMI + Bravia Sync functionality that provides both 1080p output resolution, and instant in-synch connectivity between your PS3 and other Sony HDMI enabled products without the use of multiple remote controls.
  • A new 33% slimmer, 36% lighter PlayStation 3 entertainment system that is also more energy efficient.
  • Includes a Dualshock 3 wireless controller and a built-in 120GB HDD for storing games, music, videos, and photos.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi for connectivity anywhere and multiple media format compatibility, including Blu-ray for crystal clear video on High-Definition TVs, CD-ROM, DVD, and others.
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August 25, 2009
Nice review and very convincing!  Already owning a PS3, I don't think I'll buy the slim unless it becomes a must and honestly, I like my big one! 
August 26, 2009
Yup, I completely agree with you guys. I already own the 80GB PS3, so buying a new slim is pointless. But for folks who haven't got a PS3 or Blu-ray player yet... I think it's a great deal. I love my "phat" PS3 too... it's a lot of PS3 to love, ha ha!
August 23, 2009
This is a great move on Sony's part. I already own a PS3 so it doesn't do anything for me, but it's great that more people will be able to purchase the system at a reasonable price.
August 23, 2009
Oh wow, this is awesome!  This little gadget is totally full of win and really gives you the most bang for your buck.  I only want this so that I can play Katamari! :x
August 23, 2009
Lol, yeah Katamari is awesome! I had it on the PS2 and PSP :)
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review by . August 26, 2009
The PS3 is getting slimmer and is getting a $100 price tag cut.  With that in mind, those who don't own a PS3 just might have some reason to get it.  Well, depending on some things.  In the end, the hardware is only as good as the software.  I've got a pretty detailed review on the Playstation 3 here.  So we're mostly going to talk about the PS3 slim and what the difference between the two units is.  There isn't exactly a whole lot we can say.  But there are certain …
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Following speculation that a 'slim' model was in the pipeline Sony officially announced the PS3 CECH-2000 on August 18, 2009 at the Sony Gamescom press conference. The PS3 slim (officially called the PS3 CECH-2000) will feature an upgradeable 120GB hard drive and is 33% smaller, 36% lighter, and consumes 34% less power than previous models. The cooling system has been redesigned and Cell processor has moved to a 45nm manufacturing process.

The PS3 slim will also include support for BRAVIA Sync allowing control of the console over HDMI and will run quieter than previous models but no longer has the ability to install third party operating systems such as Linux. The PS3 slim will be priced at $299/€299/£249/¥29980 and is scheduled to be released on September 1, 2009 in North America, Europe and Australia and on September 3, 2009 in Japan and New Zealand. GameStop and Amazon.com both list the shipping date as August 25, 2009. FCC filings also reveal a second slim model, the 250GB CECH-2000B.
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Brand: Sony
Category: Console
Developer: SCEI
Release Date: September 2009

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