Sony PlayStation 3 Slim
Sony is taking the game console wars down a notch with its new machine's belt size.
The electronics giant finally took the wraps off the much-rumored PS3 Slim and gave it the more affordable $299 price tag consumers have been clamoring for.
Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Kaz Hirai performed the unveiling at a press conference Tuesday in Cologne, Germany, preceding the opening of the Gamescom Expo.
The Slim is hitting stores September 1 in North America and Europe. Hirai says the device has the same features and functions as the "old" PS3 but is 33 percent smaller, 36 percent lighter, and comes with a 120GB hard drive.
The PS3 Slim changes the marketplace considerably. Standalone Blu-ray players that offer similar performance to the PS3, like the LG BD390 and Samsung BD-P3600, used to offer some savings over PS3, but now they actually cost a little more. All of this begs the question: how can these standalone players expect us to pay more?
Needless to say, Sony hopes that a trimmed-down--and less expensive--PS3 Slim will similarly invigorate sales of the PlayStation 3, which has lagged behind the Nintendo Wii and the Microsoft Xbox 360 and has taken some of the luster off the PlayStation brand (even though earlier versions of the PS3 received high marks from this publication). Here is CNET's official review of the PS3 Slim.
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