As you already know, the PS3 Slim was revealed earlier today at the GamesCom event in Cologne, Germany, and the gaming world is all kinds of excited. We brought you the first details from Kaz Hirai on stage but now, we finally have the official documents from Sony, plus videos of the actual Hirai reveal at GamesCom and SCEA president Jack Tretton.
Yes, you know the stats: 120GB hard drive, 32% smaller, 36% lighter, 34% more efficient, a dazzling new $299 price tag and a launch date of September 1. Additional details we've received from Sony's press release says Japan will get this nifty new console on September 3 for the price of 29,980 yen. Also, we knew the current 80GB PS3 would have to experience a price drop as well, and that has also happened: as of today, August 18, the price of that system will be down to $299 in North America and 299 Euros in Europe. The 160GB machine gets an equivalent $100 price drop – down to $399 – which means that this significant price slashing is effective the whole way 'round; it doesn't matter which PS3 model you go shopping for.
The Slim has been "completely redesigned;" the reduction in power consumption will result in a quieter machine, and the "textured surface finish" adds to the appeal, and we shouldn't forget that it has inherited the "sleek curved body design of the original model." It features a new "PS3" logo, too. As for new stuff, this new console will come equipped with the Bravia Sync feature: if you connect the PS3 Slim to a Bravia TV with an HDMI cable, you'll be able to "directly operate the XMB on PS3 using the TV remote." How cool is that ? Furthermore, due to the slimming down of the machine, we'll be able to stand it vertically if we so choose; there will be a Vertical Stand for this system, that you will be able to purchase for $24. The only possible downside? They have removed the "Install Other OS" feature, so users will not be able to install other Operating Systems on the PS3 Slim.
Now, because we seriously doubt you were in Cologne today, and because there didn't seem to be any live video feed from the conference (we sure as hell couldn't find one), here's the official announcement from Kaz Hirai:
When you're done watching, check out SCEA president Jack Tretton, who takes time to talk about the PS3 Slim as well: