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Has GameStop jumped the gun again? The retailer has posted and hastily pulled a listing for a “just announced” 160GB PS3 Slim.
Before disappearing, the listing reportedly had the 160GB Slim priced at US$ 299.99, the same price that the 120GB model has now.
Aside from the standard retail pack, a US$ 404.97 God of War 3 bundle containing the game and two controllers as well as a US$ 379.97 Accessory Bundle with two controllers and a Bluetooth remote were also being offered.
Sony hasn’t announced anything yet, but notice the “Just Announced” label on the pic. Sony is having its Gamescom conference later today, though, so perhaps some GameStop employee got the dates mixed up.
Update its been confirmed by
James Gallagher: There’s a 320 GB PS3 available at 349 Euro and a 160 GB for 299.
Which is what he said in the Live blog. So thoughts on the new bundles?
After a dismal first few years with sporadic sales boost from time-to-time, sales of the PS3 really didn’t catch fire until the official introduction of the PS3 SLIM nearly a year ago. At $299 the PS3 SLIM was finally at the right price for those who were hesitant to purchase the machine at it’s previous price tag. The hardware gap between Sony’s and Microsoft’s systems quickly shrank thanks to the PS3 SLIM.
Companies like Activision predicted that the PS3 would outsell the 360 this year. With huge software titles releasing this year, God of War 3, Final Fantasy XIII and Heavy Rain, Sony’s PS3 was finally in a winning position. Unfortunately none of these titles pushed hardware sales for the system. Not even the highly anticipated exclusive God of War 3. This is due to the fact that the PS3 SLIM has been plagued by shortages.
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It seems the new CECH-2101 PS3 Slim models are finally out in the wild.
A poster on the CheapAssGamers forum reports that he found one at his local Fry’s while another spotted a unit at Target. The new PS3s have also reportedly made it to Canada as one poster says he got his at a Futureshop in Toronto.
The new CECH-2101 PS3 model comes with a 40nm RSX chip. That means it uses up less power, is less likely to overheat, and is not as susceptible to YLOD issues as older models.
My favorite console modder, Ben Heckendorn, is back to show off his latest shiny creation, a brand new PS3 Slim laptop with even more features and a stylish black look. Here’s the complete specs of the PS3 laptop:
- 17-inch widescreen 720p HDMI display.
- Built-in stereo speakers & headphone jack.
- Compartment to store power cord. (left side bottom of unit)
- Stylish pin striping to make games run at blast processing!
- More air holes than a stock Slim, not that it really needs them (cough cough Xbox 360)
If you’re interested in learning more about the project, hit the source link below.
Sony has recently started releasing new PS3 consoles that have an improved version of the RSX chip (the graphics processor). It uses 15% less power, and, according to GI.biz, is less prone to the YLOD issue. This is mainly due to going from 65nm to
45 40nm (the Cell, on the other hand, has been 45nm). A couple other changes have been found as well:
The console also now uses two 128MB XDR RAM chips instead of four 64MB chips and features a new cooling assembly and a lighter power supply.
Since this is only a minor hardware change, it doesn’t improve on game performance, but the changes do help on reliability. Sony hasn’t officially announced it since it is minor, so you could call it a shadow release. The model number is CECH-2100A in case you’re wondering.
EDIT: Small update.