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:
Im gonna get one. i have to its just cool. Looks like it has the Card reader slots too
Last edited by EddPm6 on 8/18/2009 5:16:22 PM
i don't know why mamills said nope cause it does have the card readers. right under the BD drive slot.
When the slim is on shelves for $299 on Sept 1st, will it be next to the 80gb PS3 which also going for $299? Seems daft to me if the 80gb was still on shelves for the same price. Maybe the 80gb will be removed or get lowered again? But who would go out there and buy a 80gb PS3 for $299 when a slimmer model with 120gb hdd will come out in a couple of weeks also for $299. I'll be surprised if they sold many 80gb PS3's in the next couple of weeks.
yeah, there are no card readers. look again, those seem like vents. That is where the Hard drive probably sits.
sorry no card reader. that's the hdd cover in all it's glory. apparently they added vents to that too.
I personally think the new design is fugly and the font is terrible (imho)
I know I'll get thumbed down for this, but I agree with you.
I'm not going to buy the new PS3 slim until my PS3 breaks and cannot be fixed, or I get it for Christmas? (Highly unlikely to get this for Christmas because I already own 2 PS3s)
I'd rather stick with my shiny PS3 instead of that dull PS3 🙂
Unless the new PS3 Slim has some kind of OMGWTF new feature, I wont be getting it.
I still own the original fat PSP, still own the original PS1, and I used to own a slim PS2, but it sadly broke when trying to play GTA.
Luckily, I have BC in my 80GB PS3! 🙂
It's missing the sexy piano black finish.
Thanks for the vids!
Damn! I'm very much tempted to buy this one even though I already have a ps3!!
I know! If it's $199 I'll buy this as a second PS3, and use it as a blu-ray player. Now I'm just curious how many people that have been claiming to be sitting on the fence, will be jumping onto the PS3 this year.
Sony has already said it is priced at $299. Didn't you read the article?
I think it looks pretty sleek. Either version, the PS3 console is the sexiest looking.
One question though…When will we get an option for a
white one!!! Those look awesome.
Last edited by Wage SLAVES on 8/18/2009 5:19:30 PM
i dont like it as much as the original but its great for sony!
btw, Heavy Rain at GamesCom STOLE the show!
Sony, in an undeniable fact, are ruling and innovating the games industry.
Sorry, this isn't related but you seem to be able to find the oddest pictures of prince. Don't get me wrong, the man is a genius. I'm just laughing at the picture.
Lol. Its new. He just doesn't follow no rule or trend. He dares to be different…thats why he's considered a genius.
I like it. He hasn't been looking like "Prince" these last few years since he became relevant again but rather, some 70s pimp lol, now, he seems "Prince" again as evident with the pic and most definitely the latest album.
Last edited by Lotusflow3r on 8/18/2009 8:57:00 PM
ps3 slim unboxing by ign: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JM2BAZ8n70
I am coming to really respect both Kaz Hirai and Jack Trenton… The way they both present their products and themselves show genuine trust in what they are doing and what they are selling. They genuinely believe that their products are "the best" without having to bring down other forms of electronic entertainment. It's pretty impressive in my opinion…
On the slim… Damn that looks sleek. Anyway I don't see myself buying on in the forseeable future but I am sure going to be jealous of my friends who have been waiting on the price cut to get a PS3. Pretty sick.
Last edited by Fatcat3788 on 8/18/2009 5:32:18 PM
Yeah, I like Kaz and Jack. They're both really cool guys.
Agreed, Trenton reminds me of my dad a lot, he's really awsome and performs well on stage even though you can tell he's somewhat nervous, haha
Looks like Sony will be getting another $299 (plus tax) from me. This ones going in the BR with the 42" Plasma. Can't wait to get it…great job Sony!!!
It actually looks really good. It has some shine there, just not on the front. Anyways, gamers would be fools to not buy this at 300 bux. What a gift to gamers everywhere.
A gamer would be a fool to even debate on whether to get a 360 or a PS3 slim
I am going to buy one. I know it's too late, but what if it was called the PS3000 like the PSP did when it got anorexic.
Honestly, the PS3 Slim is still pretty thick. Look at how high end laptops can fit within 1" thickness, that includes LCD monitor,a battery pack, keyboard, mouse.
The Slim came out in the 3rd year of it's 10 year lifetime. It's possible to have a "PS3 mini" in it's 7th year, 2013 (You heard it from me first!).
But I am still really excited over this. Go Sony! I hope that the Slim will bring more install base to PS3, so more 3rd party developers bring exclusives back to PS family.
they kinda have to put a place for the bluray drive, chipsets, and of course the 2.5 in sata hard drive so you cant get any thinner than that.
Congrats Sony. I will be spending money on a 3rd PS3 for my home.
Sonys got two sex consoles both PS3's…ima sell my fat PS3 n get tha slimline
The PS3 slim is so sexy I'm slightly tempted to buy one even though I own a 60GB PS3. Now that the PS3 slim is coming at $299.99 price shouldn't be much of a factor for those deciding on which console to buy. For $50 more than the Wii you can get a REAL next gen. console that plays BR movies and with the awesome games on the PS3 now and the ones coming down the road Sony is making it very tough to resist buying one.
Last edited by jdt1981 on 8/18/2009 5:53:14 PM
actually u CAN upgrade the hard drive
I am not 100% sure, but I think that the front cover at the bottom of the Blu Ray disk drive is where you remove the hard drive to upgrade it.
cool, does anyone know if this Bravia sync feature will come over to the ps3 fat at all via update?
Not really impressed. Kinda dumb to make those changes don't you think? I mean no more touch sensors? No more Linux? I say if it ain't broke, then don't fix it. The whole bravia thing i couldn't care any less about, because I would never in a million years buy a Sony T.V.
They're trying to drop prices, they gotta take out something, jeez. People are never happy…
meh… i still farveing it i will only get ps3slim if it has bc other wise i am happy with 80gig/bc.
thx for PSXextreme website to keep all of us updated. and thx for the video, surely it is hard to find anywhere else
Last edited by BigBoss4ever on 8/18/2009 6:13:36 PM
ya, way to go guys
HD is upgradable , it was confirmed by everyone who has had their hands on it .
yerr you can 100% upgrade the hard drive(Y)…i dunno about tha bravia thing coming to PS3-Fat lol
So, $100 less, smaller, less power, less heat, quieter, and no lost features, just the alteration of the front panel buttons to something less expensive than the touch sensitive ones. and is that a tray losing BluRay Drive?
I think I need to be paid Pachter's money this quarter.
I note that the PSPGo! price is now effectively $210 thanks to the bundling of GT PSP with it. Isn't that a price drop in effect?
Oh, I heard a collective gasp a short while ago from the general direction of Washington State.
Is that deal confirmed for North America?
p.s. I'm sure the folks in Redmond were expecting this move, just like everyone else. Not that it will help them. muhahahahahaha!
Last edited by Fane1024 on 8/18/2009 8:21:31 PM
I'm sad that I won't be able to get it on launch cause I'll be in Cancun until Sept 5th. But as soon as I hit the Florida, PS3 Slim, you're mine!!!
I still love my orginal 60 GB PS3 but I might get a PS3 slim in the future.
They need to add at least one USB port in the back. It looks ugly having a cable hanging from the front when using my external HD.
also it would be neat of the if this Bravia synce worked with other tv's. I get why they did it though. My next tv will be a bravia.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrOS_0Ulv7M unboxing of the ps3 slim!!!!!!!
I like it, any news regarding b/c?
Anyone hear anything about the Backward Compatibility? Is it definite that the BC is just a rumor?
I heard theirs a firmware update coming soon that includes BC.
Last edited by MadKatBebop on 8/18/2009 7:30:52 PM