Amazon limits PS3 Slim sales
One per household in the US; maybe here too
Gamers hoping to shed some excess weight should act fast, Amazon has warned. The online retailer’s PlayStation 3 Slim stocks look set to sell out quickly, it reckons.
The 120GB console – launched earlier this week – will be released in North America and Europe on 1 September, but Amazon’s US arm has already advised customers that shortages exist. As a result, the retailer is limiting sales to one per household in the US.
Amazon US has limited PS3 Slim sales to one per household
‘I’ll just get a second one sent to my work address,' we hear you cry. Nope, because Amazon stressed that failure to comply with its one per household rule will result in cancellation of all outstanding orders and account closure.
Amazon’s tough stance has yet to be mirrored in Blighty, but the UK operation told Register Hardware earlier today that the one-PS3-Slim-per-household rule is "likely" to be repeated here.
The PS3 Slim uses less power than the original
The PS3 Slim is 33 per cent slimmer and 36 per cent lighter than its bulky predecessor, according to Sony. Power consumption has also been cut to two-thirds courtesy of the console's redesigned Cell processors, cooling unit and power supply. ®
Will firmware upgrades remove dual boot from fat PS3s?
The best PS3 for Linux has always been the original 60 Gb model that came with PS2 compatibility. The reason is that the original model had 4 USB ports and also featured a Memory Stick card slot. In later 40 Gb and 80 Gb PS3s the number of USB ports was reduced to 2 and the Memory Stick card slot was lost.
I have noticed that many people are now selling second hand original model 60 Gb PS3s for about £220 in the UK, which is great news for Linux fans.
However, there is still one very important question that Sony must answer. That question is "If you upgrade the firmware in a fat PS3 to the latest version, will the fat PS3 also loose the ability to boot an alternate OS? If Sony plan to continue to support Linux on fat PS3s then enough fat PS3s will always be available on the second hand market to satisfy the needs of Linux users.
I take back my original comment...
... so little wisdom spouted by so many.
Think I'll stick with that one instead.
I could care less about a slim version of the PS3.
But looking at the photos in this article of the new slim PS3, I am pissed off.
Sony has yet to rectify their design problems. There are still no USB ports on the rear interface panel.
Sony just doesn't get it. There are devices (eg: PS3IR-Pro1000) that use the USB ports, and users looking for a clean look and layout don't want USB cables hanging out the front of their equipment.
Sony - pay attention to what we really need:
- 1080p upsampling
- rear USB ports
- built-in IR receiver
Failure to heed our needs is holding you back. My friends are holding off on buying a PS3 - dropping it $100 doesn't circumvent their requirements. Quit making the PS3 an OK system, and make it a damn great system.
re: Every time I consider buying one, Sony take away the features I want
It's not Sony's fault YOU have been dragging your heels.
You have had a year to buy a 60GB with PS2 compatability.
You had 2 and a half years to buy a PS3 with OtherOS compatability (and you can stil buy one, if you are quick).
5 Units Per HouseHold In the UK
Amazon appear to have set the limit at 5 consoles per house in the UK