New PS3 Slim Will Retail for $299
According to the Source, the recently announced PS3 Slim is “33 percent smaller, 36 percent lighter, and comes with a 120GB hard drive”. Set for a September 1 release, the PS3 Slim will cost $299 in North America, 299 euros in Europe, and 29980 Yen in Japan (totally wrong currency conversion for the win!).
Functionally, this new PS3 variant is practically the same, but it uses a smaller, more power-efficient version of its Cell processor—45nm versus the original’s 60nm. Every new PS3 Slim will come pre-installed with Firmware 3.0. Sony will of course phase out the original PS3, selling any remaining 80GB and 160GB units for $299 and $399 respectively.
Why would you get a PS3 Slim? I don’t have one yet, but after seeing the newer PS3 with its older counterpart, I’m wasn’t super-impressed by the size reduction. Yes, it is significantly smaller, but if I already had a PS3, I think I’d pretty fine with what I already have; unless you’re talking about the Wii or portables, home gaming consoles are usually content to stay where they are.
There’s nothing much more to say, and I want to save you from extraneous marketing boasting of “a fresh, casual look that the company hopes will make it more appealing to a wider audience”.