Slim PlayStation 3 Set For September

By Spencer . August 18, 2009 . 11:20am

imageIt’s official, Sony will release a slim version of the PlayStation 3 that’s 36% lighter, 33% smaller, and $100 cheaper in the first week of September.


The PS3 Slim has all of the current PS3 features (read: no backwards compatibility) and includes a 120 GB hard drive. Sony’s latest model will cost $299, €299, or 29,980 yen depending where you live.


Current PlayStation 3 models will drop down to $299 starting tomorrow, but those only have 80GB hard drives. These remnant models are guaranteed to drop even lower when the slim PS3 arrives in stores.

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  • ryukyus

    THAT’S an acceptable price, why couldn’t they have done that, in the first place. instead of hat 1000 then 500 price tag

    • Aoshi00

      Um.. because the original PS3 cost ~$800 to make? They’ve been selling it at a loss, maybe they should give you the system for free.

  • Mike D

    Hmph, I guess Sony still refuses to appease the droves of people clamoring for BC. Including it would have made the Slim a no-brainer upgrade for many folks. Perhaps a firmware update that addresses the BC issue, though I doubt it.

  • Ereek

    Wow, really?

    I mean, sure the rumors were flying around about the Slim, but the most I expected was a price drop. The backwards compatibility doesn’t bother me, since the PS3 really doesn’t like some PS2 games in the first place and has a bad tendency to delete save files. I’d rather just have another PS2 just because it’s safer. Even with my BC PS3 hooked up to the TV, I still play my PS2 games on the PS2.

    • xemnas

      I agree…me and my ps2 share plenty of quality time even with me playing my ps3…plus my ps2 was modded for imports so i woudlnt’ even be able to play a good chunk of my collection

  • MadMirko

    I bet launch window customers are pleased…

    MadMirko on the other hand welcomes this non-ugly, non-huge and not overpriced console and will proceed to pre-order one.

  • Nabe

    Smaller form factor and lower power consumption. Looks like i’m double dipping!

  • None

    PS3 Looks like soon.

  • Cloud_ST

    And as always,the first Playstation console I buy from a generation is the Slim one :D.

  • EvilAkito

    Man, I was going to buy a friend’s 80 gig, but I sort of want to hold off for the Slim now.

    So glad they got rid of that ugly Spider Man font.

  • Aoshi00

    I would really want the slim one since my current PS3′s fan is kind of loud once things get going.. No B/C is discouraging, but I didn’t expect them to have it, since this cheaper model basically surpasses the original design in every way except no B/C and two less USB ports. I do have the Jpn slim PS2 hooked up now, but I would really like to have a Jpn PS3 that is able to play my imports via HDMI upscaled. Too bad software B/C wasn’t reliable at all.

    Even though the old clunker looked like a heavy barbecue grill/dust magnet, I can’t say this new design looks sleek at all, kind of tacky, maybe it’s just the picture..

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