Sony has gotten a lot of bad rap for how it has handled its latest video game console, the Playstation 3. When the Playstation 3 was first released, it had a high price mark, which hindered the console from reaching the heights of success that its predecessor, the Playstation 2, experienced. Fortunately, Sony has made some moves that will definitely help to smooth over some of the issues that consumers have with the current Playstation 3 (PS3) and its exuberant price. The company has just released a new version of the Playstation 3, called the “Playstation 3 Slim.” Read on to learn more about the release of the PS3 Slim and the price cuts that Sony has made on this powerful gaming console.
Slimmer is better
Sony has made a number of changes that solve some of the concerns that consumers had when the Playstation 3 first came out. When the PS3 first went on sale, many consumers complained that the system was too large, bulky, and heavy. If you are one of those people who felt the same way about the original PS3 design, then you will be happy to know that the PS3 Slim solves all of those problems. As its name implies, the PS3 Slim is a slimmer version of its brother, the original Playstation 3. The original PS3 is 12.75 x 3.86 x 10.8 inches large, while the Slim is 11.42 x 2.56 x 11.42 inches. As you can see, the Slim is shorter and slimmer, but a little deeper than the original PS3. The slimmer configuration weighs around 7.05 pounds, which is about 4 pounds lighter than its 11-pounder brother.
Size isn’t the only thing that Sony decided to revamp, though. The Slim has a different finish, opting for a matte black finish instead of the piano black glossy finish of the original. Although only a cosmetic change, many consumers had problems with the glossy finish because it was prone to fingerprints and other markings. The PS3 Slim is also less of a power-hog than its big brother, consuming only 250-watts in comparison to the 280-watts that it takes to power the original. The PS3 Slim comes with a 120GB 2.5-inch SATA hard disk drive, while the original comes in 160GB and 80GB versions. Sony decided to remove PS2-compatibility and the “Install Other OS” function on the PS3 Slim version, which is a drawback for some consumers. But those who just want a system that can play PS3 and PSOne games won’t be really affected by this change.
Making the console more affordable
Perhaps the biggest change that Sony made in line with the release of the PS3 Slim is the major price cuts that some market analysts, developers, and consumers feel are way overdue. When the Playstation 3 was first released, it was priced at $399. PS3-buyers around the world can rejoice, however, as the company has decided to lower the price of the PS3 to $299 for the PS3 80GB version and the PS3 Slim version, while the PS3 160GB version is still priced at $399. Slated for release on September 1, gamers can actually preorder this console through selected retailers. Nevertheless, all stores will be green lighted to sell the PS3 Slim on the first of September.