Report: PS3 Slim Draws Half As Much Power As 60GB PS3
By now, you're fully aware of the specs associated with the new PS3 Slim: 33% smaller, 36% lighter and 34% less power consumption. But it seems Sony may have understated the latter statistic by a significant amount.
According to GameZine (citing a recent report from magazine PCM Gears), it seems the PS3 Slim has, throughout the course of testing, averaged around 50% lesser power consumption than the original 60GB PS3. The original model really sucked up the electricity - as many new owners were shocked to find when they saw their power bill - but this new Slim won't have anywhere near the level of impact. After five minutes of DVD playback, the PS3 Slim sat at 42C, compared to 45C on the 60GB PS3, and the power consumption was down from 152W to 75W. For Blu-Ray, the temperature was around 38.5C compared to 47C on the 60GB model, and power consumption on the Slim was only 86W, down from 160W. So you've got a 50% reduction and a 46% reduction. However, we assume that based on Sony's press release, that 34% number came from comparisons to the latest 80GB model, which must certainly draw less power than the original 60GB console. Either way, the PS3 Slim will definitely be less of a drain on the electric meter, and that's a 100% positive bonus.
And by the way, although the official launch date is September 1, we've learned that the Slim lacks a street date and hence, many retailers already have it on store shelves. You might want to check that out this weekend.
8/26/2009 Ben Dutka