Sony’s longed for PS3 Slim has been greeted rapturously, with the console topping pre-order charts at retailers in the Japan and US alike. Extensive details on the design of the device have become available, and are visible below.
Additionally, new firmware has been hinted at for release (to all PS3s) before the year is out, finally offering full PS2 compatibility, though Sony now denies this (just as they denied the existence of the Slim, strangely enough).
The unit in detail:
The unit goes from 325×274×98mm at 5kg to 290×290×65mm at 3.2kg. Running noise is also decreased.
The PS3 Slim is due September at $299.
2ch pokes fun at all the progress the Xbox 360 has made over the years:
Sony on the other hand has been busy, perhaps out of desperation:
A direct comparison of the three models:
Microsoft’s next move is not clear; globally it has sold 31 million units as compared to the PS3’s 23 million, but with no new model available and prices already low, it may have difficulty immediately answering the PS3’s challenge with anything but its more extensive software lineup.
Microsoft also apparently denies any intent to cut prices to compete, though it is hard see what other option they might have…