Sony Toyed With Interesting Ideas For PS3 Slim Model
In comparison to its "fat" predecessor, the PS3 Slim is between 30 and 35% slimmer and lighter, and it's also 34% better on power consumption. But did you realize that it could've been even smaller?
According to a recent Nikkei interview with SCE's Masayuki Chatani, a member of Sony's strategy planning department, they had initially intended to make the Slim even slimmer, but the issue of HDD sizing got in the way. They had the idea of using flash memory instead of the standard hard drive, which would've allowed them to significantly cut the size and weight even more (and even the noise levels would've dropped a little farther). Another plan was to eliminate local storage entirely and simply rely on the PlayStation Network to handle all the game save data, personal files and settings. Both theories were considered but dismissed due to price concerns; after all, the primary goal of the revamped model was to introduce a much more accessible $299 price tag. That's what's important but we find it interesting that if they cut down on the Slim's current size, it "would have imposed restrictions on transport and use, making it harder to use freely." So it's not like Sony didn't try a bunch of different possibilities when producing this new model; they obviously had a few pretty drastic ideas on the drawing board.
But I think the Slim came out well and most are happy with the result. Will it go through another structural change some time in the future? Perhaps. But for now, it's all about that $299 price tag and everything else the machine offers.
12/14/2009 10:31:39 AM Ben Dutka