PS3 Slim

Sony PS3 Slim Being Sold Early to Those Who Look Hard Enough

Sony PS3 Slim Being Sold Early to Those Who Look Hard Enough

So, we'll admit that that title may be a bit misleading. Why? Because it looks like people aren't having to look that hard at all to find a few random (or perhaps not too random) pieces of Sony's new hardware floating around in retail stores. If you'll remember right, Sony said that the Slim wouldn't be sold until September 1st, but it's beginning to look like that release date might not have been as set in stone as originally thought. Well, let's hope that's the case, or there's a lot of stores out there breaking that one cardinal rule.

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Sony PS3 Slim still sold at a loss; Motion-controller coming spring 2010

Sony PS3 Slim still sold at a loss; Motion-controller coming spring 2010

Sony Computer Entertainment boss Kazuo "Kaz" Hirai has confirmed that the company will continue to lose money on each of the $299 PS3 Slim consoles they sell, together with revealing that Sony's motion-controller has been pencilled in for a release in spring 2010.  Meanwhile he also denied that, with the advent of the UMD-free PSP Go, we are seeing "the death of physical media", pointing to the large percentage of the 100 countries Sony sells gaming products in that don't have access to high-speed internet connections for downloads.

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 34 2009

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 34 2009

Here we go again with another week in review for your perusal. A mystery Android-powered MID tipped up this week looking very much like those renderings of the Apple tablet to my eyes. It's cool to see android showing up on so many devices. Logitech unveiled an update to the coolest racing wheel ever, the G25, called simply enough the G27. The new wheel promises more accurate force feedback effects and keeps with the slick clutch and gated shifter we loved from the G25.

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Amazon Limits Number of PS3 Slim Consoles Per Household

Amazon Limits Number of PS3 Slim Consoles Per Household

So, Sony announced the PlayStation 3 Slim yesterday, and while we're sure you read about it, and are clamoring to get one, Amazon wants you to hold your horses. While they have the console up for pre-order right now, they are now limiting the number of consoles available to a household down to a marginal one console per home. Of course, this isn't really unheard of, especially not with the launch of a new console, so it's not necessarily unorthodox. But, Amazon is also saying that there are already shortages across the US. So, did Sony not manufacture enough for the initial September launch? Or has the PlayStation 3 suddenly become preternaturally desired?

Sony PS3 Slim gets new, faster 45nm Cell CPU

Sony PS3 Slim gets new, faster 45nm Cell CPU

Sony's latest PS3 may be slimmer, smaller and quieter than its predecessor, but its real surprise may be lurking inside.  The company has apparently updated their Cell processor built on 45nm processes rather than the previous 65nm chip; that not only makes for cheaper production, helping Sony bring down the PS3 Slim's price to $299.99, but it also brings with it increased performance.

Sony PlayStation 3 Slim stand gets pictured

Sony PlayStation 3 Slim stand gets pictured

If you decided that the Sony PlayStation 3 slim will still take up to much space when horizontal, and that the vertical stand is a must, then this is what your $24 will get you.  If we're honest, we didn't expect Sony to particularly innovate when it came to this accessory, but it would still have been nice for them to put more than the minority of effort in that the end result required.

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Sony slimline PlayStation 3: all the details you need

Sony slimline PlayStation 3: all the details you need

The Sony PS3 Slim is finally upon us, and we've been gathering up all the information you might need in order to choose between the newly-discounted current models or hold off until the new version arrives in North America and Europe on September 1st (Japan on September 3rd).  After the cut, the full press release and spec-sheet, together with all the official shots of the new PlayStation 3 and a video interview with Jack Tretton about the new console.

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Sony Finally Gets Around to Officially Announcing Slim PlayStation 3

Sony Finally Gets Around to Officially Announcing Slim PlayStation 3

Well, it's "been rumored", it's been "teased", and there's even been "a little bit of a pre-order situation going on over at Kmart," but up until now, Sony has been all but against the thought of a slim PlayStation 3. It looks things are changing though, and for the better. As that Kmart pre-order screen shows us, the slim PS3 will boast a 120GB hard drive, come bundled with a DualShock 3 controller, as well as an HDMI port that supports 1080p high definition.

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