More PS3 Slim Shots & Details


  • New slim model comes with sync feature for Sony Bravia HDTV sets:
  • “The new PS3 system is also equipped with the BRAVIA® Sync™ feature. By connecting the new PS3 system and a BRAVIA TV with the HDMI cable, users are able to directly operate the XMB on PS3 using the TV remote control. Other functions include “System Standby” that will automatically turn off the PS3 system when the BRAVIA TV is turned off”

  • New slim SKU drops support for Linux. Honestly, this wasn’t very useful anyway: if you want Linux, get a cheap PC or laptop with more RAM.
  • Based on this comparison pic from Sony PR, the size difference looks larger than 33%. Hopefully these pics are proportionately accurate:
  • ps3slim_comparison

  • I would assume that this new slim model uses newer 45nm fabrication tech for GPU/CPU. The initial PS3 hardware used 90nm fab tech and recent PS3 models used 60nm fab tech. (Smaller fabrication tech results in lower power draw, lower heat output, and smaller size).
  • Are the cited 33% weight, power, and heat improvements compared with initial PS3 SKU or recent PS3 SKU?

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Written by: Darrin - Contributing Editor


  1. #1 by Trev on August 18th, 2009 [ 26623 Points ]

    looks a bit nicer from these angles. i’m interested to know if its quieter in terms of fan and the disc drive…

  2. #2 by Tosh on August 18th, 2009 [ 1102 Points ]

    Nice to see the Sony Bravia sync feature. I actually turned this once hoping it would work, but sadly no, lol.

    Losing linux kinda sucks though. But not a huge loss. I don’t think I’ll install Linux on my PS3 again. When I did have it on there, I rarely used it. Plus firmware updates sometimes breaks stuff on the linux side.

    Going off the power plug, I’m guessing there will be a brick instead of it being internal like the fatty ps3?

  3. #3 by JimmyMagnum on August 18th, 2009 [ 83111 Points ]

    I dont think they mean percentages in total, but more like percentages as in less, so it’s 33% smaller and not 33% the size, which would make it about accurate.

    also, I was adding the front and back pics to my post when you were posting this lol

    the cool thing is the bravia sync. I know samsung has been doing that kind of stuff with their TVs and devices for a long while now. Pretty cool to see Sony following suit with the PS3 (not sure if they have bravia sync with their other devices though)

  4. #4 by JimmyMagnum on August 18th, 2009 [ 83111 Points ]

    @ Tosh: almost definitely. An internal power supply in a device that small would cause too much heat. the other Playstation slim models had to have external as well

    also, looks like it won’t be standing up vertically without a base for now now lol

  5. #5 by Tosh on August 18th, 2009 [ 1102 Points ]

    Some more shots of the PS3 Slim
    http://www.engadget.com/photos/sonys-slimmer-ps3/

    More
    Photo 1, Photo 2

  6. #6 by Angus-MacGyver- on August 18th, 2009 [ 355 Points ]

    Bravia Sync is nice, but I don’t have a Sony set so oh well. Linux isn’t a big loss. I have a computer hooked up to a tv, so I rarely used Linux. If my fat ever breaks I’ll upgrade, but I think that unlikely.

  7. #7 by JimmyStewart on August 18th, 2009 [ 710 Points ]

    Wow, I mean this was one of the worst kept secrets of recent memory… but seeing it “officially” I can’t help but be a little excited!

    The Bravia stuff I could pass on. I don’t currently own a Bravia but was planning on upgrading to one and I see that as a feature I’d try to disable. Only tried the Linux feature out once and it’s certainly not something I’ll miss.

    I do have two questions. Can you still easily upgrade the hard drive yourself? That WAS a big selling point to me, and while 160GB seems like plenty to me now so did the 60GBs at launch. I hope that feature isn’t lost. Also is the return of backwards compatibility still just a rumor? I was really hoping these would go hand in hand. Without that this won’t be replacing my launch console. God of War 1 & 2 have been the majority of gaming my PS3 has seen. Backwards compatibility is a must for my living room console. As is this one might make a suitable replacement for my bedroom console!

  8. #8 by Darrin on August 18th, 2009 [ 17143 Points ]

    New Bravia sets can stream Netflix directly, btw.

    I would imagine the hard drives will continue to be replaceable, but I haven’t heard official word either way.

    Return of PS2 BC is still just a rumor.

  9. #9 by Tosh on August 18th, 2009 [ 1102 Points ]

    HDD Replacement Slot? Seems like it. Via NeoGAF

  10. #10 by JimmyStewart on August 18th, 2009 [ 710 Points ]

    Oh cool guys! Well at least about the HDD upgrades. If they get BC added before I save up enough to buy a new HDD and a PS3 slim… it’ll make it into the living room! That’s a pretty cool looking system!

    And ;) Netflix on the Bravia, nice try Darrin. Then I can have three devices trying to do Netflix… probably none of them perfectly! Still I would probably end up using it if for nothing else than to save a bit of power.

  11. #11 by Fleakitten on August 18th, 2009

    I’ll keep my shiny 20 ( now 80 ) Gig.

  12. #12 by Emrah on August 18th, 2009 [ 7319 Points ]

    Dropping linux, that’s not good. Tho I haven’t used it, the scientific community is using it and there is also new applications for more ordinary folks like video encoding, which requires linux support.

    It is not as if they had an extra chip for it dammit..

  13. #13 by Emrah on August 18th, 2009 [ 7319 Points ]

  14. #14 by SicSemperTyranis on August 18th, 2009 [ 6405 Points ]

    I wonder why they removed the Linux support?

  15. #15 by JimmyMagnum on August 18th, 2009 [ 83111 Points ]

    if someone wants Linux so bad, Sony Style sells refurbished 40GB systems for $279 right now and when the Slim launches, there’d be tons of the fatties on ebay and whatnot that will be there for the picking if linux is really that important to someone

  16. #16 by bunnyhero on August 18th, 2009 [ 1850 Points ]

    JimmyMagnum :
    @ Tosh: almost definitely. An internal power supply in a device that small would cause too much heat. the other Playstation slim models had to have external as well

    that’s what i assumed too, but apparently the power supply is still internal!

    in a way i almost wish they went with an external brick, just so the console itself would be even slimmer.


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