$299 PlayStation 3 Slim Officially Announced and Detailed

Posted Tue Aug 18, 2009 at 01:45 PM PDT by Mike Attebery

Smaller, lighter , and less power hungry, the new PS3 has finally been announced.

Available in the US in the first week of September, Sony has officially announced the PS3 Slim. It’s smaller, it’s lighter, and it’s cheaper, at an MSRP of only $299. Kaz Harai, who announced the price cut, says the PS3 Slim won't have capabilities that the normal PS3 doesn’t have.

The price cut, which will affect standard PS3s starting tomorrow, may be a big announcement, but perhaps more important for home theater buffs is the power consumption, which has been cut by 34%. Less power consumption means less heat, and less heat means a quieter fan, which makes the PS3 slim preferable to it’s bigger brother for Blu-ray watching.

The PS3 slim does not have the ability to install an OS like Linux, something expected by many. There also does not appear to be a simple way to remove the hard drive, meaning that an upgrade from the on board 120GB drive will be difficult at best.

More images and full specs are available at video game site Destructiod.

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Tags: Industry Trends, Product Announcements, PlayStation 3, Sony (all tags)