Posts Tagged PS3 Slim
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.
Between the months of October and December 2009 Sony has reported they’ve sold 6.5 million PS3s. The increase in hardware and software sales has made Sony profitable for the first quarter in more than a year. Even though the PS3 saw a sales boost Sony’s other gaming systems saw a sales decline. The PS2 sold 2.1 million units ( down .4 million ) and the PSP sold 4.2 million ( down nearly a million ) during the same period.
Sony: “despite a decrease in PS2 hardware and software unit sales, as well as PSP hardware unit sales, profitability was relatively unchanged mainly due to an improvement in the cost of PS3 hardware”.
The PS3 SLIM’s introduction at a more affordable price tag and Sony’s restructuring plan helped moved the company back into black and closer to the 360 sales. Right now Microsoft has a 5 million unit lead over Sony in worldwide sales with 38.7 million units, while Sony has sold 33.5 million. Sony managed to sell 2.3 million more units than Microsoft’s Xbox 360 as of April 1st-December 31st 2009. Neither system came anywhere near the Nintendo Wii’s 17 million units sold for the 3rd Quarter 2009, but the Wii is in a category of it’s own.
If Sony can keep up this pace it’s only a matter of time before the PS3 overtakes the 360.