Well the rumour mill and blurry leaked spy shots were correct. The PS3 Slim does indeed exist, confirmed by a Sony Press Release this morning.
Regular readers will remember my post ‘Why the PS3 Slim doesn’t matter’. In the post I was critical of the pricing of the PS3 still a $699 years after it’s launch.
While expectations were that a small price reduction may be on it’s way with the slim, it looks like Sony have heard the complaints (and their sales figures) have dropped the PS3 in price by $200.
The PS3 Slim will be available on September 3, 2009 and sell for A$499.95. The hard drive size has increased from 80GB to 120GB, and as the name suggests also features a much sleeker (no doubt lighter) design. There is also a drop in power consumption by two-thirds, helping to reduce fan noise.
Also announced is PS3 Firmware 3.0 which is due on September 1st. The updates main addition will be a ‘What’s New’ screen where users will be able to quickly browse the new items available in PlayStation Store as well as their recently played games directly on the XMB.
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