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.