Sony PS3 Slim
Leaner looks and price too
Review The PS3 Slim sees Sony hoping to invigorate sales of the Playstation 3 with a lighter and much less expensive model. No doubt the company views this as a chance to redeem the brand before it starts to look like a fat old aunt in the console war. For this redemption to take place we would need to see some serious new features go into the rebirth of this gaming console.
Shallow crave: Sony's PS3 Slim
Design was obviously foremost in Sony’s mind; this console is at least a third lighter and smaller than the old “fat” version. It certainly looks like an upgrade. Image may indeed be a major deciding factor to the casual gamer and possibly give it a wider audience. Regardless, it is obvious this has been one of Sony’s main goals during research and development. It really does look modern and classy and it would be a welcome addition to my home entertainment shelf.
The new textured or matte finish certainly helps show less fingerprints and looks less dated than the previous shiny surface. I have my old PS3 sitting vertically but it is obvious that with the new slim model they expect you to have it horizontal. Even with this change, it is still small enough that it will fit into an area with limited space.
In a very subtle but well thought out branding revamp, the PS3 logo and lettering have been slightly changed. They have replaced the touch sensitive power on/off and eject buttons on the front of the unit with standard push buttons and moved the main power switch to the front. This new front button is faster and doesn’t take as much force to turn the system on and off. This improvement definitely adds to the overall sleekness of the design.
When it comes to features, the 120GB Slim PS3 is almost exactly the same as the 80GB and 160GB PS3 models. There is still built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, two USB ports for plugging in external storage devices and charging the PS3's Bluetooth wireless controller, you get one Dualshock 3 controller with the Slim, and the same built-in Blu-ray player. For its price, and as part of this console, this is still an excellent Blu-ray player.
The Blu-ray player functionality remains as attractive as ever
Indeed, with less power running through it, the Slim PS3 is a lot quieter and more unobtrusive. While watching Blu-ray titles, you wouldn’t even notice it was on unless you were sitting right next to it. Less power also means less heat, so no burnt fingers when changing Blu-ray discs. Incidentally, Blu-ray disc loading times are quite good too. It varies according to title, but easily under 30 secs and with some discs, nearer 10 secs.
Is he back?
Mark 'I married my Sony Kit' Fanboy Saddo:
"No good games? Are you on crack?"
Jesus F'ing C'rist! Get over it. I've been gaming since my ZX-81. I'm a PC gamer 1st, XBox 360 second. They are just devices to play games. My Xbox has not RRo'D. BF:BC2 has caused me many crashes on my PC. I just wish people would stop slagging off other devices. I only care if a game plays properly on the system I have bought.
Jeez! I hate 'fanbois'
More than just a 'games console'.
I had an XBox360 for 3 years. I was on my third console the previous 2 having been repaired due to the 3 red rings issue. When the slim came out, the Game store was offering a part exchange deal so I jumped at the chance to get rid of the poorly designed xbox. Having had the slim now for about 6 months I can make a few direct comparisons between the 2
1) yeah nice games if you're into pure gaming.
That's about the only positive thing I can think of.
1) yeah nice games if you're into pure gaming.
2) can charge controllers directly from console from day one without having to buy any additional kit.
3) DLNA compliant. I can stream movies from by buffalo linkstation live directly to my PS3. The 360 was also 'DLNA compliant' but in a typical microsoft way i.e. it didn't work properly. Had to use a third party application called TVersity to get the streaming to work on the 360. Therefore always needed a PC switched on to stream movies. In fact not just movies. Music and pictures too. As a media hub is it fantastic and just works without the need for a desktop PC being in the loop.
3) built in wireless. Didn't need to spend £50 on a wireless adaptor.
4) built in Blue Ray
5) built in web browser (I use it to get free view channels from tvcatchup.com after my freeview box broke)
6) it is very quiet. It is quieter than my Panasonic DVD player which has a built in hard drive. I use the PS3 now to watch DVDs.
7) it is still running after 6 months which is more than I can say for the Xbox360
The Slim has been out for ages, why are you only reviewing it now?
As for having no PS2 game support, the 80Gb Fat PS3 was the first model to lose that feature, so this is not something introduced with the slim.
I agree with the comments on Blu-Ray, and the lack of good titles on PS3. Every store I go in has at least triple the space dedicated to each of the other consoles (Nintendo DS included) as what the PS3 has.
Still there are some great games (Uncharted 2 among them), and I quite like the PSN (I've even made some purchases on it), and my PS3 sees a lot of action playing movies off both the internal and usb connected storage.
Overall I'm very happy with my PS3 and have no desire to run out and buy a XBox 360 (I also have a Wii, but that's just for the kids and doesn't even see much action from them)
Stop - for only getting it half right.
Sadly for supercomputer enthusiasts, the 'Slim' has lost the 'otheros' option.
This means Linux is no longer an option.
...next week children, is the Amiga better than the ST.
It's like the school playground here. Bunch of sad teenagers argueing who's dad is hardest.
Grow up kiddies, there is a whole word outside your festing pit of a bedroom.
PS mines in the SAS and Navy Seals...so there