PRESS RELEASE | PS3 Tuesday, August 18, 2009 | 9:05 PM

GamesCom: Slimmer PS3 for €299

GamesCom: Slimmer PS3 for €299

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.

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Commented on 2009-08-18 21:21:02
Yep, I think this wll be the trigger to get me back onboard again...

It's a damn sight uglier than the original though, but atleast it's still not as terrible looking as the 360.
Commented on 2009-08-18 21:21:05
DAY F***ing 1 BUY!!!!
Commented on 2009-08-18 21:22:08
Lovely :) More pictures:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/playstationblog/
Commented on 2009-08-18 21:25:09
Finlay i can buy a PS3, 299$ way cheaper then my 360!

PS3 + Uncharted 2 + GT5 = EPIC!
Commented on 2009-08-18 21:28:21
No thanks 300euro's still to much for me.
Commented on 2009-08-18 21:35:48
LOL!! then you got ripped off.
Commented on 2009-08-18 21:35:49
Will probs go for what, £279 in the UK?

I have a ps3 atm so this doesn't affect me very much.

At least with the finish it won't need polished once a fortnight :P

EDIT: Nevermind, just seen it for £249 on Argos' site via hotukdeals
Commented on 2009-08-18 21:38:39 In reply to icemanufc
Posted by icemanufc
No thanks 300euro's still to much for me.
lol,

I brought my 360 arcade + 60GB hard with 329 euro's.

the PS3 is official the cheapest console on the market.
Commented on 2009-08-18 21:40:17
Posted by ahlan
I brought my 360 arcade this year for 349 euro's.

the PS3 is official the cheapest console on the market.
Really?! You can get them here (The Netherlands) for under 180 Euro's...

Either you are full of shit, or are being massively ripped off...Either way, your statement about the PS3 being the cheapest console on the market is flawed.

Edit: Oh, I see it's gone down to 329 Euro's now, with 60 GB harddrive? Nice try...

Also, the Wii is still cheaper and the PS2, Xbox and Gamecube (also consoles!) are all cheaper...
Commented on 2009-08-18 21:43:51
I just saw that it will cost £249 in the UK o_0 Why soo much? $299 converted to £ is £180
Commented on 2009-08-18 21:44:45
Posted by ahlan
I brought my 360 arcade this year for 349 euro's.
WTH? Sounds like you got ripped off. Unless wikipedia is wrong, the SRP for the arcade in euro territories is 180. You're telling me you paid nearly double that? THIS YEAR?

I do agree with Jato actually though, this one doesn't look that great. Hopefully the thing looks better IRL.
Commented on 2009-08-18 21:44:50
Well good luck Microsoft in your business stratagy of selling the core Arcade system at £150..reportedly without a harddrive (which will still set you back £60...as MS work with the theory that 1gig should equal 1 pound). Killing off the Pro which currently sells at £160, and having the only system shipped with a HDD, the Elite, at £200+.

Seriously MS need to get people running their company with a tiny bit of intelligence about them. Every stratagy they push they create something to conflict against it. The core at £99 was an ideal enterence fee for the casual gamer yet to invest in HD gaming. It was priced below the wii. Rising the price will do little to tempt them. MS have also spent this year largely investing in their DLC scheme.. game's on demand, exclusive dlc, summer of xbox live arcade... all of which require a Harddrive. Yet rather than having all consoles have a hdd as standard they go and eliminate their cheapest console entery with one - crazy.

With the ps3 slim coming in at £250rrp (cheaper on the net), and existing models surely reduced lower to get rid of stock (already being seen with store deals.. asda has an 80gig ps3 with 2 games for £250), just how does MS think raising the price of the core, and having the ps3 only £50 more than the elite help them with sales in europe for the rest of this year?
Commented on 2009-08-18 21:47:26
360 Arcade = 150EU

360 Prem = 250 EU

360 Elite = 299 EU

And thats if they dont get dropped further in the next few months.
Commented on 2009-08-18 21:49:13 In reply to bleachedsmiles
Well, it's no doubt that the PS3 slim is the better deal. With built in Wifi, Blu-ray, 120 GB HDD (easily exchangeable for most 2,5" disks), no need for play and charge kit due to standard USB cable charger etc, etc...

But, it's the entry point that makes the 360 "seem" like the best deal to the masses...and that gives the 360 an edge, like it or not (I know I don't!)
Commented on 2009-08-18 21:50:01 In reply to Jato
Posted by Jato
Really?! You can get them here (The Netherlands) for under 180 Euro's...

Either you are full of shit, or are being massively ripped off...Either way, your statement about the PS3 being the cheapest console on the market is flawed.

Edit: Oh, I see it's gone down to 329 Euro's now, with 60 GB harddrive? Nice try...

Also, the Wii is still cheaper and the PS2, Xbox and Gamecube (also consoles!) are all cheaper...
Here is from the stores in my country, its 1200 lei = 300euro plus 60GB its 330 euro

1 euro is 40 lei

http://www.marketonline.ro/console/-microsoft-xbox...
Commented on 2009-08-18 21:53:32
Lol at the haters, its $ and euro 100 less, and its a better value then the 360, like Jato said:

With built in Wifi, Blu-ray, 120 GB HDD (easily exchangeable for most 2,5" disks)

and better exclusive games this year and next year.
Commented on 2009-08-18 21:53:56
Still 50/100$ too much. planning to get a slim, and as they made it the same price than the old one (LOL), but that way they're probably gonna spare me from waiting too much. Good, they arrogant pricepoint was what hurt them all this years till now, now its gonna be more equal, I guess.

250$ or bust.
Commented on 2009-08-18 21:55:53 In reply to nostradamus
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Commented on 2009-08-18 22:03:34
worth buying for sure!!

But when the hell are they going to remodell that fu*king 20-year old controller from the ground up?!


P.S. when is MS press conference?
Commented on 2009-08-18 22:08:13 In reply to nostradamus
Posted by nostradamus
maybe your fanboy glasses should ignore comments your bias dislike, insted hitting reply, don't you tink. bye bye.
Your fanboyism does allow you blind stupidity though to be fair. Even a fanboy must see that unless MS reduce the price of the Elite to £150 it simply doesnt hold enough value at £200+ with the ps3 is only upto £50 more expensive. The people that are going to go for the Elite are going to be gamers that wont to get the best out of their HD console...if you offered them a wireless adapter, a blue ray player, and free online gaming for life, for £50 extra how could they possibly turn that down?

The ones "saving" £100 by getting the core system will soon cotton on at all the little additional fees you do need if you're to get the most out of your games.. harddrive, live.

And frankly the ones that are going to be doubling sonys sales now will be the millions of ps2 owners that have been patiently waiting for the price drop.
Commented on 2009-08-18 22:09:48
Certainly not the best looking console on the market. But glad to see the price cut. Looks like they got rid of the expansion bay for upgrading the HDD. Hmmm.
Commented on 2009-08-18 22:10:10
Sony is sure kicking major A** this year, look also here at the video

http://blog.us.playstation.com/2009/08/18/playstat...


Personalization - Personalize your PS3 with new dynamic custom themes and avatars. Dynamic themes as well as free and premium avatars will be available through PlayStation Store. A dynamic theme takes your screen to a whole new level as it incorporates animated objects into the background.



AWESOME!!!
Commented on 2009-08-18 22:16:17
The sales numbers will be the true decider, the ps3 cant just tie with the 360 month to month it has to outsell it by a big margin to try and claw back the 8million lead.
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