Sony reveals slim PS3, drops price
Slinky fall debut planned
After months of rumors, leaks and internet fakery, Sony has finally conjured the details on a new slim version of the Playstation 3 and price cuts on existing models.
The sleeker PS3 will hit stores September 1 for $300 in North America, Europe, and Asia. Sony also announced it will drop the prices of current 80GB and 160GB models to $300 and $400 respectively, beginning August 18.
Sony's trimmed-down PS3 will include a 120GB HDD in a package approximately two-thirds the size and weight of the original 60GB PS3 model. Power consumption has also been cut to two-thirds courtesy the console's redesigned processors, cooling unit and power supply.
Sony's beach bod PS3
The old model (left) versus the new (right)
The slim PS3 is powered by a new 45nm version of the Cell processor, which retains the speed of the old 60nm. Improved power efficiency will make for a quieter system with less fan noise, according to Sony.
Along with internal tinkering, the company is also ditching the console's old Spider-Man logo for a new rounder PS3 moniker engraved on the surface of the new system. ®
What exactly is the point of running Linux on a PS3 anyway? (apart from the moderate hack value, of course). There can't be that many people who want to run single-precision numerical simulations in their living room, surely?
Why Linux anyway?
I'm puzzled: what do people DO with linux on a single PS3 in their lounge? Seriously. Run VLC so they can watch AVIs or listen to MP3s off a media server? Oh wait...
The loss of back-compatibility with PS2 and PS games is, to be honest, a loss. It means more plugs, more A/V switches, and more hassles than just sliding a disc in and having it Just Work. I mourn the loss of that bit of elegance.
But I don't really care. I've already got mine.
Nowhere seems to address this
so have they upgraded the Blu-Ray drives read speed in this one producing quicker game-load times, or not? if not I find that a foolish move as the original was limited by is read speed.