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PS3 Slim: Unmasked In Full, Details And Videos Included!

As you already know, the PS3 Slim was revealed earlier today at the GamesCom event in Cologne, Germany, and the gaming world is all kinds of excited. We brought you the first details from Kaz Hirai on stage but now, we finally have the official documents from Sony, plus videos of the actual Hirai reveal at GamesCom and SCEA president Jack Tretton.

Yes, you know the stats: 120GB hard drive, 32% smaller, 36% lighter, 34% more efficient, a dazzling new $299 price tag and a launch date of September 1. Additional details we've received from Sony's press release says Japan will get this nifty new console on September 3 for the price of 29,980 yen. Also, we knew the current 80GB PS3 would have to experience a price drop as well, and that has also happened: as of today, August 18, the price of that system will be down to $299 in North America and 299 Euros in Europe. The 160GB machine gets an equivalent $100 price drop - down to $399 - which means that this significant price slashing is effective the whole way 'round; it doesn't matter which PS3 model you go shopping for.

The Slim has been "completely redesigned;" the reduction in power consumption will result in a quieter machine, and the "textured surface finish" adds to the appeal, and we shouldn't forget that it has inherited the "sleek curved body design of the original model." It features a new "PS3" logo, too. As for new stuff, this new console will come equipped with the Bravia Sync feature: if you connect the PS3 Slim to a Bravia TV with an HDMI cable, you'll be able to "directly operate the XMB on PS3 using the TV remote." How cool is that? Furthermore, due to the slimming down of the machine, we'll be able to stand it vertically if we so choose; there will be a Vertical Stand for this system, that you will be able to purchase for $24. The only possible downside? They have removed the "Install Other OS" feature, so users will not be able to install other Operating Systems on the PS3 Slim.

Now, because we seriously doubt you were in Cologne today, and because there didn't seem to be any live video feed from the conference (we sure as hell couldn't find one), here's the official announcement from Kaz Hirai:

When you're done watching, check out SCEA president Jack Tretton, who takes time to talk about the PS3 Slim as well:

8/18/2009 Ben Dutka

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EddPm6
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 5:12:06 PM
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Im gonna get one. i have to its just cool. Looks like it has the Card reader slots too



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Mamills
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 5:53:06 PM

nope

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Swavey
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 7:46:29 PM

i don't know why mamills said nope cause it does have the card readers. right under the BD drive slot.

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bamf
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 8:00:49 PM

When the slim is on shelves for $299 on Sept 1st, will it be next to the 80gb PS3 which also going for $299? Seems daft to me if the 80gb was still on shelves for the same price. Maybe the 80gb will be removed or get lowered again? But who would go out there and buy a 80gb PS3 for $299 when a slimmer model with 120gb hdd will come out in a couple of weeks also for $299. I'll be surprised if they sold many 80gb PS3's in the next couple of weeks.

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johnld
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 9:05:27 PM

yeah, there are no card readers. look again, those seem like vents. That is where the Hard drive probably sits.

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furbiesmustdie
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 @ 1:48:09 AM

sorry no card reader. that's the hdd cover in all it's glory. apparently they added vents to that too.

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ed_winchester
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 5:12:43 PM
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I personally think the new design is fugly and the font is terrible (imho)

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wiiplay
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 @ 1:29:55 AM

I know I'll get thumbed down for this, but I agree with you.

I'm not going to buy the new PS3 slim until my PS3 breaks and cannot be fixed, or I get it for Christmas? (Highly unlikely to get this for Christmas because I already own 2 PS3s)

I'd rather stick with my shiny PS3 instead of that dull PS3 :)

Unless the new PS3 Slim has some kind of OMGWTF new feature, I wont be getting it.
I still own the original fat PSP, still own the original PS1, and I used to own a slim PS2, but it sadly broke when trying to play GTA.

Luckily, I have BC in my 80GB PS3! :)

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556pineapple
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 @ 11:22:30 AM

It's missing the sexy piano black finish.

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Macavity
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 5:13:47 PM
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Thanks for the vids!

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smileys_007
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 5:18:03 PM
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Damn! I'm very much tempted to buy this one even though I already have a ps3!!

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godsman
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 5:32:02 PM

I know! If it's $199 I'll buy this as a second PS3, and use it as a blu-ray player. Now I'm just curious how many people that have been claiming to be sitting on the fence, will be jumping onto the PS3 this year.

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Orvisman
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 @ 9:18:18 AM

$199 ????

Sony has already said it is priced at $299. Didn't you read the article?

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Wage SLAVES
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 5:18:56 PM
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I think it looks pretty sleek. Either version, the PS3 console is the sexiest looking.

One question though...When will we get an option for a
white one!!! Those look awesome.

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Lotusflow3r
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 5:20:41 PM
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i dont like it as much as the original but its great for sony!

btw, Heavy Rain at GamesCom STOLE the show!

Sony, in an undeniable fact, are ruling and innovating the games industry.

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fatelementality
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 6:55:56 PM

Sorry, this isn't related but you seem to be able to find the oddest pictures of prince. Don't get me wrong, the man is a genius. I'm just laughing at the picture.

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Lotusflow3r
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 8:52:46 PM

Lol. Its new. He just doesn't follow no rule or trend. He dares to be different...thats why he's considered a genius.

I like it. He hasn't been looking like "Prince" these last few years since he became relevant again but rather, some 70s pimp lol, now, he seems "Prince" again as evident with the pic and most definitely the latest album.

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SnipeySnake
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 5:24:31 PM
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ps3 slim unboxing by ign: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JM2BAZ8n70

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Fatcat3788
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 5:30:27 PM
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I am coming to really respect both Kaz Hirai and Jack Trenton... The way they both present their products and themselves show genuine trust in what they are doing and what they are selling. They genuinely believe that their products are "the best" without having to bring down other forms of electronic entertainment. It's pretty impressive in my opinion...

On the slim... Damn that looks sleek. Anyway I don't see myself buying on in the forseeable future but I am sure going to be jealous of my friends who have been waiting on the price cut to get a PS3. Pretty sick.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 5:42:33 PM

Yeah, I like Kaz and Jack. They're both really cool guys.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 6:28:13 PM

Agreed, Trenton reminds me of my dad a lot, he's really awsome and performs well on stage even though you can tell he's somewhat nervous, haha

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anjpikapp3
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 5:31:44 PM
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Looks like Sony will be getting another $299 (plus tax) from me. This ones going in the BR with the 42" Plasma. Can't wait to get it...great job Sony!!!

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Alienange
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 5:37:34 PM
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It actually looks really good. It has some shine there, just not on the front. Anyways, gamers would be fools to not buy this at 300 bux. What a gift to gamers everywhere.

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SnipeySnake
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 5:40:48 PM

A gamer would be a fool to even debate on whether to get a 360 or a PS3 slim

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Rings0fUranus
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 5:39:01 PM
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I am going to buy one. I know it's too late, but what if it was called the PS3000 like the PSP did when it got anorexic.

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godsman
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 5:39:44 PM
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Honestly, the PS3 Slim is still pretty thick. Look at how high end laptops can fit within 1" thickness, that includes LCD monitor,a battery pack, keyboard, mouse.

The Slim came out in the 3rd year of it's 10 year lifetime. It's possible to have a "PS3 mini" in it's 7th year, 2013 (You heard it from me first!).

But I am still really excited over this. Go Sony! I hope that the Slim will bring more install base to PS3, so more 3rd party developers bring exclusives back to PS family.

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johnld
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 9:08:18 PM

they kinda have to put a place for the bluray drive, chipsets, and of course the 2.5 in sata hard drive so you cant get any thinner than that.

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maxpontiac
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 5:46:02 PM
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Congrats Sony. I will be spending money on a 3rd PS3 for my home.

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DGo8
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 5:49:20 PM
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Sonys got two sex consoles both PS3's...ima sell my fat PS3 n get tha slimline

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jdt1981
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 5:50:27 PM
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The PS3 slim is so sexy I'm slightly tempted to buy one even though I own a 60GB PS3. Now that the PS3 slim is coming at $299.99 price shouldn't be much of a factor for those deciding on which console to buy. For $50 more than the Wii you can get a REAL next gen. console that plays BR movies and with the awesome games on the PS3 now and the ones coming down the road Sony is making it very tough to resist buying one.

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Nsho
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 5:52:32 PM
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actually u CAN upgrade the hard drive

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Gone
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 5:53:52 PM
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I am not 100% sure, but I think that the front cover at the bottom of the Blu Ray disk drive is where you remove the hard drive to upgrade it.

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BigTonesAUS
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 5:53:57 PM
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cool, does anyone know if this Bravia sync feature will come over to the ps3 fat at all via update?

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jerocarson
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 5:55:05 PM
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so happy!

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LowKey
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 6:06:38 PM
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Not really impressed. Kinda dumb to make those changes don't you think? I mean no more touch sensors? No more Linux? I say if it ain't broke, then don't fix it. The whole bravia thing i couldn't care any less about, because I would never in a million years buy a Sony T.V.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 6:30:13 PM

They're trying to drop prices, they gotta take out something, jeez. People are never happy...

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Deleted User
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 6:10:10 PM
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meh... i still farveing it i will only get ps3slim if it has bc other wise i am happy with 80gig/bc.

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BigBoss4ever
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 6:13:04 PM
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thx for PSXextreme website to keep all of us updated. and thx for the video, surely it is hard to find anywhere else

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Jed
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 9:00:46 PM

ya, way to go guys

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Sir Shak
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 6:20:20 PM
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HD is upgradable , it was confirmed by everyone who has had their hands on it .

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DGo8
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 6:21:21 PM
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yerr you can 100% upgrade the hard drive(Y)...i dunno about tha bravia thing coming to PS3-Fat lol

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Highlander
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 6:29:04 PM
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So, $100 less, smaller, less power, less heat, quieter, and no lost features, just the alteration of the front panel buttons to something less expensive than the touch sensitive ones. and is that a tray losing BluRay Drive?

I think I need to be paid Pachter's money this quarter.

I note that the PSPGo! price is now effectively $210 thanks to the bundling of GT PSP with it. Isn't that a price drop in effect?

Oh, I heard a collective gasp a short while ago from the general direction of Washington State.

;)

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Fane1024
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 8:18:05 PM

Is that deal confirmed for North America?

p.s. I'm sure the folks in Redmond were expecting this move, just like everyone else. Not that it will help them. muhahahahahaha!

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redman479
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 6:35:29 PM
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I'm sad that I won't be able to get it on launch cause I'll be in Cancun until Sept 5th. But as soon as I hit the Florida, PS3 Slim, you're mine!!!

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Kai200X
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 6:40:48 PM
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I still love my orginal 60 GB PS3 but I might get a PS3 slim in the future.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 6:40:49 PM
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They need to add at least one USB port in the back. It looks ugly having a cable hanging from the front when using my external HD.

also it would be neat of the if this Bravia synce worked with other tv's. I get why they did it though. My next tv will be a bravia.

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Danny007
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 6:41:33 PM
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrOS_0Ulv7M unboxing of the ps3 slim!!!!!!!

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ShadowRunner
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 6:48:43 PM
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I like it, any news regarding b/c?

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godsman
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 6:51:05 PM
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Anyone hear anything about the Backward Compatibility? Is it definite that the BC is just a rumor?

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MadKatBebop
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 7:25:59 PM

I heard theirs a firmware update coming soon that includes BC.

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Fane1024
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 8:18:43 PM

It's a rumor, and one which Sony is denying.

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newchef
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 8:49:57 PM

but they also denied the ps3 slim and a price drop this year, so you never know

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Bugzbunny109
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 6:55:03 PM
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Very good job Ben. You guys don't usually post videos on the articles; you always gave links. You should start doing this when you can. It is very convenient.

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Robochic
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 7:04:27 PM
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awesome job Ben and Arnold on keeping us up to date.

I'm happy with my fat PS3 but I'm happy to see the price go down so that lots more people can enjoy the PS3 and what it has to offer.

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www
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 7:12:28 PM
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I could bet a milli bucks that this still isn't the end. Trust me we're gonna see different colors of this or even a whole new model again. If we had the PSP to PSP 3000 Lite to PSP GO, why can't we have PS3 Fat to PS3 Slim to PS3 On The Run.

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MadKatBebop
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 7:30:21 PM

HAHA! PS3 On The Run, nice one!

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Douchebaguette
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 7:30:39 PM
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lolwut, a "quieter" machine?! Can you even GET anymore quiet than the current PS3??!? NINJA.

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inkme101
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 7:36:30 PM
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day 1 purchase

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fluffer nutter
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 7:39:00 PM
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Did anyone see this story?
http://www.engadget.com/2009/08/18/sony-sneaks-ps3-slim-through-fcc-under-pseudonym-250gb-model-di/
So, is there going to be a 250GB model in the future?

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DGo8
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 7:47:40 PM
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Be gettin this on day 1!!

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Rings0fUranus
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 7:50:14 PM
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i hope they made enough systems to go around this time :)
remember the original ps3 launch?
and by the sounds of things this will be just as big!

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Fane1024
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 8:25:01 PM

Even more of a concern: will they have enough PSP Gos for all the GT fans who will want to buy it in those first 10 days?

If a second post appears, I'll delete it; the comment system's been giving me trouble today. It must be the heavy traffic.

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Douchebaguette
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 8:06:28 PM
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Considering there's only 30 mil. who bought a 360 [less than that due to replaced ones], and 24 mil. who bought a PS3 [forget the Wii because that's purchased for the family from people that don't play videogames], think about all those PS fans that are currently stuck with a PS2 waiting for that price drop... And the PS2 sold over 140 million... OH SHHIII---

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Scarecrow
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 8:27:19 PM

Crash Bandicoot rocks by the way

The new snow images of Uncharted 2 make me wish it was a Crash game :(

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Jed
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 9:12:40 PM
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Thanks so much for all the coverage today PSXE. I'm so glad to see all the freat stuff sony brought to the party.

Gotta love some PS3.

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Renji
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 9:24:43 PM
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Im somewhat disappointed with the style. It has PS2 skin and actual buttons. Im still gonna consider buying one, but if they had kept the original design and just made it smaller like they did with the PS2, it would be a 100% buy for me.

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KOSMOS111
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 9:54:05 PM
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ps3 slim looks cool. but I hope they will make a psp GO bundle with valkyria chronicles 2

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Sol
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 9:56:09 PM
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Now that we have the price drop, all that's left is to wonder about b/c.

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Nerull
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 10:15:30 PM
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Personally I think the slim looks really cheap and ugly, just like it did in the first leak from whatever country that made me write it off as a knockoff. I also much prefer the look of the normal psp to the Go. The price cut is the important part though, but ya its stupid to have the 80g and 120g slim the same price.
Whenever mine breaks I'll get a slim but I'd sure miss my sleek 80g w/bc, hopefully that's so far down the road that another price cut will have already happened by then.
Oh and I'd be ticked off about losing the option for linux... if I had ever seen a point to it in the first place.

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Karosso
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 @ 10:22:04 PM
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I'm buying one to play only PS3 games and BR movies on it and keep my 80GB with B/C to finish off some of my old PS2 games that I haven't yet. Just to be on the safe side ;)

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StevieRV
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 @ 1:33:27 AM
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any word on an Australian release and price?

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somethingrandom
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 @ 2:34:40 AM
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You can vertically stand the original system. It has rubber feet on the left side.

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TEG3SH
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 @ 3:15:56 AM
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and what about the uk????

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nath08
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 @ 10:48:48 AM

same as europe... £300

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Kiengo
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 @ 7:13:49 AM
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Not to be a Debbie Downer or anything, because I *am* happy about the new model and the price drop, but I think it sucks that this is the official end of linux support on the PS3. Sony didn't do too much with it in the first place, and I was hoping for more; however, we'll just go upwards and onwards from here. ^^

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JPHarvey
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 @ 8:16:37 AM
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I have had the 60Gb launch model for almost 3 years and waited over a year for a price drop to buy a second one. I finally bought it on Sunday, 2 days before the announcement, tired of rumors. Now I am really lost.

I bought the 80Gb for 399$. Should I ask for 100$ back from the store, return it for the 160Gb or return it and pre-order the slim?

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Orvisman
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 @ 9:19:43 AM

Return it. Then rebuy it at the lower price. You can always upgrade your HD at a latter date.

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nath08
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 @ 10:41:01 AM
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well ium happy that its quieter (not like it needed to be quieter, i couldnt imagine it) but sony always fail in making things slimmer and lighter apart from the psp in my opinion, well only looks-wise, because they make the actual console better but they look. well. crap 0_o although i will definatley be getting this!

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nath08
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 @ 10:48:12 AM
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also, why dont sony just make the consoles as light and as slim as they can in the first place?

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fluffer nutter
Thursday, August 20, 2009 @ 10:05:47 AM

This is because of technology. The internal parts were larger when it (PS3) came out and now they have found a way to reduce power consumption. They have gone from a 90nm form factor to 45nm and taken out other parts, through R&D, that they deemed are not a necessity. It happens with all technology. Especially, with electronics.

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Mounce
Thursday, August 20, 2009 @ 11:58:24 AM
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I'll be getting one at Launch, pre-ordering if I must. I have a fear that it will sell out like hotcakes, like the Wii was doing a good few months ago.....

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scribby
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 11:33:26 AM
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Pre-ordered and ready to go. The Bravia thing is cool since I have one, but I also use a Logitech all in one remote (may have to change it up now!) I have been waiting to buy another PS3 for my son so he wouldn't hog ours now. Really excited about less heat and noise as mine does whine when playing movies. To JPHarvey, why oh why would you buy a new/old PS3 TWO DAYS BEFORE THE LAUNCH?!?!? Everywhere was telling you the PS3 Slim was coming and you wasted $100! Patience is a virtue.

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Lordnicon
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 12:27:09 PM
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See now the REAL deal maker for these little babies would be to repackage backwards compatibility. I think they would sell like hotcakes. Granted, having almost all the functionality as the current gen in a far smaller and lighter and efficient form is fantastic and is great as a travel version too. Even as a small portable blu ray player, its STILL good.

At 300 bux i would def. get one if i didnt have a ps3. There is no excuse not to get one now. But alas i have that wonderful 60G ;)

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PaiNT_kinG
Saturday, August 22, 2009 @ 11:50:47 PM
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+1 for Sony =)

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DocNougat
Saturday, August 29, 2009 @ 7:00:07 PM
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Anyone else notice that at 300 Euros the Europeans are paying closer to 450USD before tax. Sucks for them.

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