We politely asked Sony to put an end to the circus and just announce the new PS3 Slim. Well, that didn't happen, which means that we must report on the latest news concerning the remodeled machine.

It's becoming clearer by the day. According to a recent report from the Jeux Video Network , the system in question is an inevitability, and one European retailer responded simply, "Yes, the PS3 Slim is a reality; it will soon emerge." The retailer also said the new console would launch with a retail price of 299 Euros, which supports the popular theory that not only will the PS3 Slim hit store shelves this year, it'll also be cheaper than the current model. That video is worth watching even if you can't understand French, if only for the introductory collection of evidence. For our part, we believe Sony will make everything official at GamesCom on August 18 (the day of their press conference), because at this point, the "unofficial confirmations" are starting to be daily occurrences. Now, considering all this, let's see if we've got this straight-

So the PS3 Slim comes right along with the corresponding price cut. It seems very likely we'll get Gran Turismo 5 for the holidays, and we'll be able to add that to PS3 exclusives like Uncharted 2: Among Thieves , Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time , and MAG . Consider the fact that the PSN and PlayStation Home have both made tremendous strides in the past year, and we're starting to wonder…can anyone compete with the PS3 this holiday season?

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Cavan
Cavan
11 years ago

how many euros does it currently retail at?, isnt 300 euros about 300 dollas which means not a price drop?

Oxvial
Oxvial
11 years ago

300 Euros = 426.18 U.S. dollars

ab3393
ab3393
11 years ago

@oxvial

your right about the exchange rate for euro to dollars and you have the right amount, but i remember seeing an article about a week ago that cited a source as saying that the ps3 slim would sell at 299 in both dollars and euros- sorry i didnt leave a hyperlink but i dont feel like looking for it

anyway this would make sense considering that sony is doing the same thing with the psp go–making it only $250 and 250 euro

chicko1983
chicko1983
11 years ago

also US displayed prices don't include tax, EU prices do, I think

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

Why is the slim coming out only three years after the product launched?

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

Companies, specially eletronic-based companies like to make everything smaller

Just like cellphones

Computer monitors (thinner)

etc.

But it might also be a way of presenting an existing product as something new.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

Because it's less expensive to make and will inject more interest in the product and brand at a time when sales are slow and need to speed up.

The difference is that the ability to shrink the machine has arrived a little earlier this time, but the reasons are all good.

thepill
thepill
11 years ago

Don't forget that by making something smaller you also decrease the shipping costs which also factors into the overall cost of the product.

Ricochet
Ricochet
11 years ago

I think Alienage is refering to the fact that the Slim version gets released earlier than it's predecessors.

fluffer nutter
fluffer nutter
11 years ago

Just like cellphones? What are you talking about? They go through a cycle and right now they are getting larger, yet again because of larger screens and capabilities. Check your local shops.

fluffer nutter
fluffer nutter
11 years ago

Alienage, you got thumbs down for asking a question. LOL

Hezzron
Hezzron
11 years ago

@alienange – Because the phat one is an epic fail. Sony needs to fix their mistake.

Naga
Naga
11 years ago

LOL @ hezzron73 fail

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

How anyone thinks it's cheaper to hire engineers to reconfigure the board, buy new components, have a sub mold a new plastic case, assemble the console and ship to retail is cheaper than simply saying "hey the stock you have is now 100 cheaper" is beyond me. It takes a lot of money to re-engineer products. Sony could just as easily said "it's costing us 70% less to make so let's pass that on to the customer." Making a whole new model after only three years? Seems a little suspect to me.

@ Hezron – What the hell are you talking about?


Last edited by Alienange on 8/7/2009 10:38:57 PM

King James
King James
11 years ago

No offense Alienage. Even though I do agree with your suspensions about why this "slim" is arriving so early, you so read up a lil on supply chain management.

Hezzron
Hezzron
11 years ago

I was going for the record amount of "thumb downs"…..did I get it?

Seriously, it's no contest. The PS3 is by far the superior machine this generation, but their goal was not just keeping a niche group of educated and sophisticated gamers happy. They are in the money making business as well, and with sales lagging behind their competitors at present, Sony wants to make it more available to the masses. Hence the cheaper PS3 Slim. At the right price, the new PS3 should own!

Danny007
Danny007
11 years ago

The answer to your question is no, Ben. No one will be able to compete with the PS3 this holiday season.

Xra897
Xra897
11 years ago

dont forget halo 3: odst

Ricochet
Ricochet
11 years ago

Correct, I see more people complaining about the PS3 price rather than the games and the whatnot.

sticklife
sticklife
11 years ago

I wish I could forget ODST but it makes me kinda sad. That is most likely going to out sell every game on everything… Wait did I say every game? Silly me! I was meaning to say every game other than GT5.

N a S a H
N a S a H
11 years ago

and MW2?

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

I feel bad for people who are all hyped up and excited about an add-on.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

@Xra897

Why would anyone suppose that a glorified game add-on would somehow compete with a line up of complete AAA titles and a brand new console mode at a (probably) lower price?

Really, ODST? It's just an expansion pack that someone decided to pretty up as a full release so that the release calendar didn't look so anemic.

I_defenestrate
I_defenestrate
11 years ago

@ World: It isn't the content they clamor for, it's the name. They suck it up like pups to a teet. No, I'm not a fan of the Halo series. ^^

GuernicaReborn
GuernicaReborn
11 years ago

In that video, they showed that you can stand it up vertically. Just how slim will this be? I get nervous about standing a fat one up, imagine how easily a thinner one would be to tip over.

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

The ps2 stand was the best…it really protected it from falling.

Though I have ALWAYS preferred my consoles horizontally.

www
www
11 years ago

Same here Scarecrow, horizontal for me.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

lol, that reminds me of my old poll in the forums, most people DID prefer horizontal.

King James
King James
11 years ago

Yeah, most ppl like it missionary.

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

Curvaceous Playstation 3 for the win! <3

But yes, again, for those cheap people who missed Valkyria Chronicles, Motorstorm, Resistance, LittleBigPlanet, flower, Metal Gear Solid 4, Heavenly Sword, Uncharted, etc. this is your chance.

And you're al llucky bastards if it'll come bundled with GT5 later on.

sticklife
sticklife
11 years ago

Did you see gphoriea!? (or however it's spelled) how could people vote against some games i doubt they've even played.

King James
King James
11 years ago

G4's community is riddled with xbots. The Xbox won best console over both handhelds, the 3, and even the Wii. And it won with over half of the votes.

You shouldn't read that much into it.

Naga
Naga
11 years ago

G4 is terrible around every comment I see lies the worst gaming site ever ruined by immature Xbox nuthuggers aged at 23yrs old

bOnEs
bOnEs
11 years ago

ehh, i was excited about the PS3 slim but, a US retail value of about $425 is not that cheap… even if it is a 160GB HD… i was expecting to see it around the $300 mark…

ohh well, i've officially decided to pass on the new slim in favor of upgrading my current hard drive to 250GB for $60… b/c would be nice but, my one and only purchased PS2 still works fine to this day…

Oxvial
Oxvial
11 years ago

Yeah wat a let down sony is doing bad moves this years with the consoles….first no more b/c next Psp Go sucks! and now the Ps3 Slim…isnt cheap =S.


Last edited by Oxvial on 8/7/2009 12:55:32 PM

vicious54
vicious54
11 years ago

They have already been paying more money for the consoles than us in the states. The price will be reduced for us as well.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

Stop.

Just Stop. You're getting pissed off because of a comment making an assumption about a report of a rumor that's unconfirmed.

If the new pS3 slim hits Europe at 299 Euro, I will be very, very surprised if it does not also drop in the US at $299. The USD and Euro have historically been near parity, I don't see that trend changing in the long term, even if right now the Euro is worth more than a USD.

bOnEs
bOnEs
11 years ago

ehh, $60 to upgrade is still cheaper than $299… i guess the price is good for people looking to buy their first PS3… but, for guys like me that have already forked over $400, i don't think i wanna pay $300 for b/c, if that rumor is even true…


Last edited by bOnEs on 8/7/2009 1:32:06 PM

Oxvial
Oxvial
11 years ago

ps3 Slim has bc?? that would be great.

sticklife
sticklife
11 years ago

I wonder if the slim will be able to change the HDD easy like the ps3 now.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

Yes, the HDD is user replaceable, it's supposedly even easier than before.

As for backwards compatibility, unless Sony surprises the world with yet another hardware solution to this, backwards compatibility for PS2 games will be provided through software emulation. Such a software based backwards compatibility solution would work on all PS3s regardless of model – not just the upcoming, new model.

chicko1983
chicko1983
11 years ago

it will be $299 in the US, methinks

photo K
photo K
11 years ago

QUICK!!! sell your fat ps3s before the general public finds out!

www
www
11 years ago

Nope, fat PS3 owners will always have respect 😉

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

She's my fat princess 🙂

kevinater321
kevinater321
11 years ago

mines a prince….

King James
King James
11 years ago

But i like em a lil' thick, not with eating disorders.

Krispy
Krispy
11 years ago

i would never sell my fat ps3 shes my baby 😀 but no in reality fat ps3 owners did earn respect for sticking with sony even tho the 400 to 500 doller cost was godly… in my opinion everyone who owns a fat ps3 should get a reward from sony…a free ps4 is enough for me thank you sony XD

Andysw
Andysw
11 years ago

The design is ugly and unattractive. Why on earth did sony choose that design? I'm disappointed in them.


Last edited by Andysw on 8/7/2009 12:57:11 PM

Evil Incarnate
Evil Incarnate
11 years ago

The new design is probably more cost efficient.


Last edited by Evil Incarnate on 8/7/2009 3:01:56 PM