Sony has finished off their GamesCom press conference, the big "surprise" was the already so rumoured Playstation 3 slim. ~30% lighter and smaller with almost the same specs and features, and a release on September 1st. There's an image inside with more over at the official Playstation Blog Flickr page. Other system announcements were Firmware 3.0 and removal of the "Install other OS" feature,
Sony press release:
Tokyo, August 18, 2009 – Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today unveiled the new PlayStation®3 (CECH-2000A) (body color: charcoal black) computer entertainment system, featuring an extremely streamlined form factor with a 120GB Hard Disk Drive (HDD). The new PlayStation®3 (PS3®) system will become available in stores from September 1, 2009, in North America, Europe/ PAL territories and Asian countries and regions at a very attractive recommended retail price (RRP) of US$299 and €299, respectively.
The system will become available in Japan on September 3, 2009, at a RRP of 29,980 yen (including tax). With the introduction of the new PS3 system, SCE will also reduce the price of the current PS3 with 80GB HDD to a RRP of US$299 from August 18 and €299 from August 19. Also in North America, the price of PS3 with 160GB HDD will be reduced to a RRP of US$399 from August 18. By launching a vast library of exciting and attractive software titles for PS3 this holiday season and offering customers a line-up of hardware models and pricing to match their preference, SCE will build on the momentum and further accelerate the expansion of the PS3 platform.
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, achieving a much slimmer and lighter body. Compared to the very first PS3 model with 60GB HDD, the internal volume as well as its thickness and weight are trimmed down to approximately two-thirds. Furthermore, power consumption is also cut to two-thirds, helping to reduce fan noise. While inheriting the sleek curved body design of the original model, the form factor of the new PS3 system features a new meticulous design with textured surface finish, giving an all new impression and a casual look. With the compact body and casual appearance, the newly introduced model will appeal to a wider audience who are looking to buy the best entertainment system for their home.
@Melmoth: I could stand having a PC that cost me 1700 euro, didn't allow max settings at 60fps after 1,5 years. So I stopped updating and went consoles (1 Hour ago)
@droezelke: seeing Panzer Dragoon Orta at a friends X1X made me envious :D (2 Hours ago)
but that's probably what you meant by max settings :) (2 Hours ago)
diminished returns compared to manually adjusting settings to find a balance. you can often get 2x performance with almost indistinguishable visual results. (3 Hours ago)
longer life. But then i'd probably try to adjust the settings to reach 60fps if possible, especially for mouse+keyboard games. Most of the time i find that literally maxing out settings gives very (3 Hours ago)
@droezelke: It can be expensive if you wanna run the latest games at max at all time. Ofc, consoles won't run most games at 60fps either, so forcing a pc game to sync at 30fps can give your pc a (3 Hours ago)
But hardware updates just got a pain in the ass and was too much money to get games running at max settings and 60fps+ (3 Hours ago)