September 3, 2009
Yep, just like all previous iterations, there will be a slim, thats read PlayStation 3, from the little known PLAYSTATION 3. Along with that they are also changing the logo slightly to try to appeal to ‘casual gamers’ along with a textured finish to the Slim. Internal changes however are immense. The hardware has been completely redesigned to accommodate the smaller enclosure, this includes all parts, from semiconductors to the Cell. With all the change they have achieved around 30 percent reduction in size and weight. The greatest reduction of all is that the Slim is cutting power consumption by two-thirds. I’m sure this has a lot to do with the fact that the Cell is now made on a 45nm process. There are a few negatives, only two USB slots, Linux will not be able to be installed, there is no backwards compatibility, and you have to buy a vertical stand if you want that orientation.
I was going to complain about the lack of backwards compatibility, but when i play PS2 games, i end up playing them on the PS2 anyways, as i have no real other use for it. Also, any negatives are squashed by a $300 price tag. If your still unhappy, just think about all the power it doesn’t use, along with being MUCH more quite now, and producing less heat in the process. As well, you can still upgrade the HDD without voiding the warranty. Really, the only real disappointment here is the exclusion of the ability to install an operating system. For the old units, pricing will be set at $399 and $499. As for why anyone would buy the 80gb i have no real idea, but the 160 still has promise despite being $100 more than everything else, via all those crazy features you’ll probably never use anyways.. Read More