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Major News! PS3 Slim Announced, Price-Cut Effective Immediately

Felix Kemp
News, PS3 Slim

Major News! PS3 Slim Announced, Price-Cut Effective Immediately

As expected, Sony has announced a revised version of the PS3 console will release in September, after almost a month of speculation. The PS3 Slim is expected to release on September 1st, at a reduced cost of £249, with the price-cut applying to all existing models.


As the name suggests, the PS3 Slim is a sleeker version of the somewhat hefty console. It is 32% smaller, 36% lighter, and consumes 34% less power. It has 120GB of storage capacity, but can no longer store or run other Operating Systems, such as Linux.

The lacquered shell and touch-sensitive buttons of the original models are replaced by a matte-black finish and clickable buttons. The reduction in size is obvious, almost as if someone squeezed a normal PS3 together into this flatter, squarer version.

Finally, A Price-Cut!

I, personally, was surprised to see the Slim being priced at a reduced cost. I expected a price-cut to be announced, but for it to only apply to the original models. Sony has been steadily reducing the cost of manufacturing the PS3’s expensive innards for years, as well as investing in similar reductions to size and power-consumption.

The PS3 Slim is the culmination of their efforts, and I expect it may revitalise the console’s lagging sales. In America, the PS3 staggers behind the runaway success of the Wii and the consistently strong sales of the Xbox 360. It performs better in Europe and Japan, but is nowhere near its rivals globally.

Will Microsoft Follow Suit?

It’s been a curious day of price-reductions and increases, with the Xbox 360 Arcade receiving a sudden surge in costs, and the PS3 enjoying a price-cut and new model. The Xbox 360 fiasco is reserved exclusively for Britain, so Microsoft may attempt to counter Slim Sony by announcing a price-cut of their own.

Rumour has it the Pro model of the Xbox 360 is to be discontinued, with the Elite assuming its price-range. The rumours of the Slim and PS3 price-cuts resulted in truth, but does this particular rumour hold credence? Comment below.

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Met-Cast  Aug. 19, 2009 at 09:06

You may also want to put that there's no on/off switch (power switch) in the back.

Mike Hock  Aug. 19, 2009 at 09:54

Will parents be blaming the PS3 slim for their childs eating disorders as well as their behavioural problems now?

Dan deas  Aug. 19, 2009 at 10:05

Possibly the uglist looking console ever, looks more like a home brand cheepie dvd player
No pic of any power lead or supply anywhere in sight!!!!!!!!!!!.
As with all PS3 updates/downdates this time it's "Goodbye Linux" and shiny coating.
Hurrah USB ports still at the front !!!!!!!!!!!.

AndyM  Aug. 19, 2009 at 10:27

Looks like a George Foreman lean mean grilling machine. I wonder how many chicken breasts it can cook while playing Ridge Racer 43.

Geoff Capes  Aug. 19, 2009 at 10:52

Shame they've still not come up with a redesign after 13 years for their shitty pad... :\

Rubisco  Aug. 19, 2009 at 11:12

Jeez you guys were slow on this, if you want to be taken seriously as a gaming blog you're gonna have to cover major stuff like this on the day it's announced, not the morning after!

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