Slim PS3, available in stores from the first week of September. Price will be $299 in the US, €299 in Europe, £249 in the UK and ¥29,980 in Japan
Features and connections are the same as on existing models. It'll include a 120GB hard drive (upgradeable).
To quote Chazz Palminteri on 'The Usual Suspects': "a rumor's not a rumor that doesn't die." Today at the gamescom conference in Cologne, Germany, SCEI chief Kaz Hirai officially announced the Slim PS3, available in stores from the first week of September. Price will be $299 in the US, €299 in Europe, £249 in the UK and ¥29,980 in Japan.
According to SCE, the internal design architecture of the new PS3 system, from the main semiconductors and power supply unit to the cooling mechanism, has been completely redesigned.
Size, weight and energy requirements are cut by a third. Dimensions are 290×65×290 mm (11.4×2.6×11.4 in). Weight is 3.2 kg (7.0 lbs). Power consumption is approximately 250W. Noise is also reduced, although no specific figure was given.
As regards the outside look, the form factor of the new PS3 system features a new design with textured surface finish (in charcoal black vs the piano black finish on previous models), giving "an all new impression and a casual look," which the company hopes "will appeal to a wider audience."
With the introduction of the new PS3 system, SCE will also reduce the price of the current PS3 with 80GB HDD to an RRP of US$299/€299. Also in North America, the price of PS3 with 160GB HDD will be reduced to an RRP of US$399 from August 18.
Kicking off the gamescom conference in Cologne, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe is holding a much-hyped press conference. Even though we are not there, we are looking closely at all the sources reporting from the floor. Of course, lots of it won't be relevant to our site, so here you will find only Blu-ray-related stuff.
According to SCEE president Andrew House, 23.7 million PS3s have been sold globally - 10 million of them in SCEE territories.
Firmare 3.0 for the PS3 has been announced, with animated themes, a "What's New" section and other interface changes.
The video download service will be available in PAL territories from November. It'll begin with films to rent and buy, but will later expand to "local content" (TV).
Kaz Hirai saved the big news for the end and announced the launch of the Slim PS3, available in the first week of September. Price will be $299 in the US, €299 in Europe, and ¥29.980 in Japan. It'll have the same features and function, with a 120GB hard drive. It'll be 33 percent smaller, and 36 percent lighter.
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