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

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"Anything slim..."

  • Aug 26, 2009
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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 things we know.  When I actually get to check out the PS3 Slim, I'll change the review (and potentially the rating) accordingly.  

I'm not too big on the different specs of each system, however.  I'm a little more concerned with how good they work with all those specs.  In the history of gaming, the best specs has never really determined the winner anyway.

The most obvious aspect of the PS3 slim is that it's slimmer.  It's also lighter. 

That's quite a world of difference.  But it's really nothing like what you got before.  You're still not getting a whole lot of the things the PS3 originally launched with in the first place.  There will only be two USB ports, but that's not really that big a deal.  You'll still be able to charge controllers just fine (though four ports would've been nice considering the four player aspect for some games).  Overall, there's not much of a huge difference. 

There's 120 GB, however, and eventually yes, this model will be the only one in production.  You'll still be able to find other models out there, but they won't be in production much longer.  120GB is still good, though.  Especially when you consider that quite a few PS3 require a mandatory installation... and depending on the game it could take up a lot of space (Resident Evil 5 will use 5 GB of space to install).  The price is also now at $299.99.  This makes it the cheapest PS3 out there.  It also means you're probably getting the best bargain in terms of space and price. 

At the same time, it's a good bargain, but in some ways it still has some of the same problems that the PS3 had before.  The first is that there's still no backwards compatibility.  While Backwards Compatibility is something very subjective, it does kind of suck that this is the 7th iteration of the PS3 to be put on the market (that's right, there are SEVEN different PS3's out there) they still haven't put in the backwards compatibility.  Only the 20GB, 60GB and that MGS4 Bundle actually have backwards compatibility, and production on all those units stopped a while ago.  

Another thing that I'm also a little irritated with is that for a system that pushes for the best in HD, Sony doesn't seem all that interested in making sure that's what people use it for.  It broadcast in many different resolutions, but the system will still only come with composite cables and not component.  And with composite you can only broadcast in standard.  You'll still be able to go widescreen, but it's a shame that Sony would push so much for HD and then force gamers to go out and by component cables to bring out the HD.  The 360 actually comes with composite cables right in the box for those who have it.  It's a start.  But the PS3 does not.  That kind of sucks. 

Now for the big thing that people are wondering... is it worth buying a PS3 slim if you've got a fat PS3?  Well, no.  There's really nothing added to it to justify it.  In fact, with the exception of a 120GB hard drive... there's nothing so incredibly different about it.  In fact, it's pretty much the same old system as before.  And if you are disappointed with the hard drive in your PS3 that you have now... well, you can always manually switch up the hard drive.  

What about if you don't have a PS3?  Well, you're probably better off getting this one than one of the others.  On the other hand, it's not like you'll have a choice in the near future anyway.  Actually, that might be hasty to say.  Within three years Sony has put out seven different PS3 systems.  It's possible there might be another slim model released (but at this rate tyou won't get backwards compatibility ever), but for now this is probably the best thing you can do.  That's if you're considering getting a PS3.  The only instance where you might do it if you've already got one might be if you're a bit sketchy on changing the hard drive in a previous model yourself and you want to upgrade.  The price, on the other hand, is a bit more worthwhile than what you paid for previous models. 

When I get a good chance to really check this out, I'll update the review and the rating

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January 25, 2010
Nice writeup. Another minor change in the new Slim models is the ability to bit stream the newest audio codecs (Dolby TrueHD and DTS-Master Audio) over HDMI. The older consoles could only decode locally and send the audio as PCM. The only real advantage to using bitstream is that you get to see the TrueHD light turn on on your receiver.
September 16, 2009
Your title wouldn't happen to be a Simpsons quote, would it? :)
September 16, 2009
It is! I'm a huge fan of classic Simpsons!
September 17, 2009
Me too! ....and that episode is one of my favorites....Bart dancing to Mary Wells w/ a wig on....doesn't get much better than that.
September 17, 2009
I love it when people actually know the episode.  That's one of my favorite episodes. 

Bart: "I could go for a cigarette."
Homer: "Great! What's your brand?"
Bart: "Anything slim!"
September 04, 2009
This is a really good review. Even though I'm not planning on buying one. Fact is I hardly even spend time on my PSP! :-) The thing with the world is that as a brand makes its mark, which brings me to 5* hotels, they practically make you pay for everything. In many parts of the world, the decrease the prices but makes you pay for breakfast, broadband access, etc, etc... while in the budget hotels, everything is free! Similar to what I found in gadgets, many upcoming new brands in China produce great products, good value and good stuff, just that you'd have to have some faith in them to try them out to begin with. But, the cycle would be the same as all other products, as soon as they are famous, they begin making you pay. As with Apple too!

In spite of that, I'm a great fan of Sony & Apple. I do believe in paying for design, if nothing else ;-)
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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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