PS3 Slim Introduced – As Well as the Price Cut

Yep, it has been officially confirmed, the PS3’s new SKU will hit stores in September and be in all regions by the 11th. Price? $299 USD, 299 euros, and 29,980 yen. That wasn’t a surprise there. It will also have the same features as the current model and a 120GB HDD (so we still only get 2 USB ports).

The system itself is 32 percent smaller, 36 percent lighter and uses 34 percent less power consumption. What I’m disappointed about, though, is it’s design. Looks like Eddie was right all along and now I’m going to have to eat my words while he rubs it in :P. I still think it’s one of the ugliest things Sony’s ever made (though it doesn’t look as bad as it did in the leaks). They could have done a lot better than that!

Besides that, though, that is also the price point for all the current systems as well, starting tomorrow. I believe, because of this, sales will skyrocket and surpass the XBox 360 (about time) by the end of the year (at least, for total sales this year, not cumulative). All I can say is, about damn time!

Here are a few more shots:



Pictures courtesy NeoGAF and Engadget

Written by: Jay - Community Manager / Editor-In-Chief


  1. #1 by fleakitten on August 18th, 2009 [ 26489 Points ]

    Something tells me Sony will redesign this many times.

    This is going to sell like anything SE related in Japan.

  2. #2 by hobbes on August 18th, 2009 [ 30486 Points ]

    i personally like the new look

  3. #3 by fleakitten on August 18th, 2009 [ 26489 Points ]

    It’s okay. Looks like a laptop a little.

  4. #4 by JimmyMagnum on August 18th, 2009 [ 83116 Points ]

    I fixed the NeoGAF link. Was getting internal server 500 errors before lol

  5. #5 by Emrah on August 18th, 2009 [ 7319 Points ]

    It doesn’t exactly look like this:

    But this was the real deal:

    I am sure the photographer tried hard to make it look appealing, and it doesn’t look that bad on this post. We’ll have to see it with our own eyes..

  6. #6 by Trev on August 18th, 2009 [ 26623 Points ]

    doesn’t look too great. i’m still happy with my launch model ^_^

  7. #7 by Thepreppymonk on August 18th, 2009 [ 1865 Points ]

    I might sell my friend my Ps3 and buy that one 😀

  8. #8 by JimmyMagnum on August 18th, 2009 [ 83116 Points ]

    if it doesn’t come with a base to let it stand vertically, it’s going to still take up a lot of shelf space. It doesn’t look like it’s going to be able to stand vertically without one. Hopefully they wont charge you for one like they did with the PS2’s redesign.

  9. #9 by Trieloth on August 18th, 2009 [ 3426 Points ]

    Hopefully the price madness will end! It looks neat but I already have two PS3’s in the house so no thanks.

  10. #10 by Tosh on August 18th, 2009 [ 1127 Points ]

    JimmyMagnum :

    I fixed the NeoGAF link. Was getting internal server 500 errors before lol

    NeoGAF will be getting 500 errors off and on all day. Happens whenever big news hits.

    Ya I was wondering about how it would stand vertical too. If it needed an external stand or not.

    But I’m happy with my fatty PS3. I need my 4 usb ports.

  11. #11 by Darrin on August 18th, 2009 [ 17143 Points ]

    If it’s 33% less power and weight from the recent SKUs that’s great. If it’s 33% less from the original SKU, that’s actually disappointing (recent SKUS have the same outer size, but very different internal components, power draws and weights)

    Also are these new SKUs using 45nm process technology on CPU/GPU?

  12. #12 by JimmyMagnum on August 18th, 2009 [ 83116 Points ]

    from what I heard and read, they do use 45nm tech and I would assume the reductions in power, weight, etc. are based off of current models, because it wouldn’t make sense to base those calculations off of a model from a couple years back

    BTW, going to update the post with a few more shots

  13. #13 by Darrin on August 18th, 2009 [ 17143 Points ]

    Jimmy, I wanted to add some more details… I did a new post, but feel free to merge that into this…

    You are probably right that 33% improvements are compared with recent models which is very impressive.

  14. #14 by Angus-MacGyver- on August 18th, 2009 [ 355 Points ]

    It looks ugly. Too tall for its width I think, and no new features? I am not impressed.

  15. #15 by Sinlock on August 18th, 2009

    You can see a fair amount of the cost cutting items in place. No more chrome, 2 USB. IS the HDD still upgradeable? that would be a good cut.
    The injection molded plastic shell will be a major help (even though its ugly), The older high gloss vacume form shell must have a nightmare for QC. As the smallest defect will cause the shell to be junked. (I worked for a cell phone manufacture that dealt with this type of issue and losses were like 8-10%)

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