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PlayStation 3 now $299, slimmer version coming September 1st

Jeff Rubenstein's Avatar + Posted by Jeff Rubenstein on Aug 18, 2009 // Sr. Social Media Manager

News just in from gamescom

It’s confirmed! The PlayStation 3 is now available for $299. Yes, NOW! Today, Kaz Hirai also announced a new, slimmer form factor 120 GB PS3 (available September 1st). SCEA President and CEO Jack Tretton shows off the new hardware in this video.

Itching for a closer look at the new PS3? We’ve got pics.

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+ bball230 on August 18th, 2009 at 11:37 am said:

Hey regaruding FW 3.0 .. where is cross game chat / invites.. i remember about a year or more ago.. you said you heard us.. why has this not come to fruition yet? is there any hope..? FW 3.0 does look fairly good however.. just not THAT good.


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+ Draicus on August 18th, 2009 at 11:37 am said:

Oh, so tiny… but not so shiny.


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+ LokeSTL on August 18th, 2009 at 11:37 am said:

Now for the magic question: IS IT !!!BACKWARDS COMPATIBLE WITH PS2 GAMES!!!!!


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+ Jeigh on August 18th, 2009 at 11:37 am said:

Jack Tretton, you are the MAN! Though, we’ve actually known about this for an hour now. Isn’t the internet amazing? Thank you for your hard work and thanks for passing it on to us. =)


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+ HongoXIII on August 18th, 2009 at 11:38 am said:

This tempts me to buy a 2nd PS3. It looks very nice.


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+ Fyshokid on August 18th, 2009 at 11:38 am said:


@3: No


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+ Armstrong on August 18th, 2009 at 11:38 am said:

WOOOHOOOO!

Jeff, can you confirm if the HDD is removable (and upgradeable) in the PS3 slim?


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+ Crotin on August 18th, 2009 at 11:39 am said:

epic announcement


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+ BlackPhoenix23 on August 18th, 2009 at 11:39 am said:

Great to Hear, i have a question will you guys be dropping the price of the Repair Fee


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+ Jeigh on August 18th, 2009 at 11:39 am said:

@bball230

This post isn’t about Fw3.00 genius. Did you miss the title or perhaps the article below it? We’ve heard all of your whining points already, and even if no one had, we would have know what you were going to whine about. Saying them again in a first post doesn’t make them any better.


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+ niall077 on August 18th, 2009 at 11:40 am said:

How ever do you keep these secrets sony?


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+ krae_man on August 18th, 2009 at 11:40 am said:

Please tell me this will be $299 Canadian and not $349 or some other stupid price.


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+ ZAANOS on August 18th, 2009 at 11:40 am said:

Just posted a craigslist ad to get rid of my little brother’s 360. He hogs my ps3 he wants his own.


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+ Jack-Bauer-89 on August 18th, 2009 at 11:40 am said:

Dont like the slim`s design plus im happy with my current Ps3 :)


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+ OutlawZ1993 on August 18th, 2009 at 11:41 am said:

Finally, better go alert my friends!


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+ Vash_Nightmare on August 18th, 2009 at 11:41 am said:

LOve you guys, I might pick up a second ps3 or buy one as a gift to a relative


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+ TRIX_BOL on August 18th, 2009 at 11:41 am said:

I hope we can upgrade our PS3 Slim HDD.

Thanks for the news Jeff!


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+ CRONIC_GAMER on August 18th, 2009 at 11:41 am said:

Oh my god oh my god my ps3 crashed a month ago I’m buying this for sure Sony Sony somy you know just how to rape my wallet but then again you can’t rape the willing


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+ ICEJACKEL on August 18th, 2009 at 11:41 am said:

Very nice, Great job SONY!


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+ Hellman on August 18th, 2009 at 11:41 am said:

sweet finally 300 $ ! guess rumored ps3 pics were true. Little fugly :/


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+ IceColdKilla44 on August 18th, 2009 at 11:41 am said:

Pretty cool.

Thanks Jack and Jeff.


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+ Korbei83 on August 18th, 2009 at 11:42 am said:

Massive applause


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+ PlaySeriousGamer on August 18th, 2009 at 11:42 am said:

Sweet finally they announced the slim, but I wish they changed the look so it could’ve surprised other consumers since we saw leaked pics of it online.


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+ littleBIGireland on August 18th, 2009 at 11:42 am said:

So conflicted on the design… i like the new look, but I prefer the old logo and touch panels…

Well at least you are improving continually!

Nice work guys


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+ easyaspie00 on August 18th, 2009 at 11:42 am said:

Cool beans.

Honestly, with the recent price drop, SONY will no doubt dominate this generation as well.


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+ Hradekal on August 18th, 2009 at 11:42 am said:

Bah I love that man. Such an innocent speaking style.


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+ Aotar on August 18th, 2009 at 11:42 am said:

THANK YOU!!!!!! FINALLY!!!!!!!!! :D I’m getting that on day ONE!


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+ niall077 on August 18th, 2009 at 11:42 am said:

also when will FW 3.0 be up?


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+ PoloM29 on August 18th, 2009 at 11:43 am said:

Alot of people are going to be satisfied with this one. For those of us who have one, we’re her to spread the news. Better yet some of us is here to buy another one.


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+ easyaspie00 on August 18th, 2009 at 11:43 am said:

Wait a minute…I just saw the video…the PS3 slim is NOT shiny. WHY IS IT NOT SHINY!!!

:3


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+ Azure-Edge on August 18th, 2009 at 11:43 am said:

Hopefully this will mean that a lot of new people will be owning PS3s soon and see how awesome it is.

Seems like I’m the only person I know personally who has one, yay more people to play with online and off.


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+ Delriach on August 18th, 2009 at 11:43 am said:

I will have 2 PS3s now. Now I can do even more multitasking, lol.


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+ Gorvi on August 18th, 2009 at 11:44 am said:

Very nice, great job guys. One question: Can you still upgrade the HDD yourself? Is that a removable piece under the Blu-Ray slot to do it?


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+ bball230 on August 18th, 2009 at 11:44 am said:

I fear that sony isnt going to see that MASSIVE amount of sales yet with this ps3 slim / price cut… yes there will be HUGE sales within the next few months but this IS not the sweet spot.. remeber we are in a recession and MANY people either have an xbox/wii and people with xboxs dont see much reason to buy the PS platfourm. the sweet spot will be 199.


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+ AbYsS_WaRlOrD on August 18th, 2009 at 11:44 am said:

AWSOME


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+ pat_boy2008 on August 18th, 2009 at 11:44 am said:

Can the hard drive be upgraded?


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+ Thrasher20 on August 18th, 2009 at 11:44 am said:

I’m going to have to get this one!


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+ psyXcho on August 18th, 2009 at 11:44 am said:

the HD will not be upgradable, look at the pix. I’ll stick with my 60gb shell with 320 in it thank you…


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+ ghostpos on August 18th, 2009 at 11:45 am said:

NIICE now you post here haha grats Sony nobody gunna complain bout this move good job.


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+ that-acmilan-guy on August 18th, 2009 at 11:45 am said:

I must say i am not so fond of the new ps3, it is small but it looks more like a cheap kid’s device than a sophisticated one.


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+ krae_man on August 18th, 2009 at 11:45 am said:

Where’s the port to replace the hard drive? did you remove that feature?


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+ skinnynerd03 on August 18th, 2009 at 11:45 am said:

SONY! you guys are AWESOME!
Not only a price cut, BUT a Slim!
anyways..i hope you do make a profit with that thing lol XD


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+ Munkeh111 on August 18th, 2009 at 11:45 am said:

While it has taken me a while to recover from the shock of this announcement, I am still not convinced by the design, but then again, it took me a while to get used to the design of the go, and now I really like it

So yeah, certainly a good price, however, it is clear that there is no removable HDD and no card slots, but is there still wi-fi?


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+ mafecto on August 18th, 2009 at 11:45 am said:

EPIC F’NG WIN!

Now bring back the BC PLEASE!


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+ skinnynerd03 on August 18th, 2009 at 11:46 am said:

but ur tempting me to go buy a second PS3..just the slim XD


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+ FlashFlooder on August 18th, 2009 at 11:46 am said:

As a current 60GB launch unit owner, I really want to buy a slim, make it my primary machine and keep the old one as a 2nd PS3. HOWEVER, a lot of the save files are locked to my old system, and I would lose all my progress in about half of my games. PLEASE fix this Sony, I really want to buy your shiny new toy.


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+ WoolySpud on August 18th, 2009 at 11:46 am said:

The single most importaint question for me is wether or not the HDD will be swapable. The graphics processor in my launch PS3 is artifacting and breaking splines so im looking to replace it.

I’ll get the slim as long as the HDD is swapable but if not i’ll have to hunt down a NIB PS3 Fatty.


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+ WINNERS_CIRCLE24 on August 18th, 2009 at 11:46 am said:

WOOT


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+ Delriach on August 18th, 2009 at 11:47 am said:

Question. We can still upgrade the HDD in the Slim right? I have a 320GB HDD… I don’t think I can go back down. ;)


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+ betahoven on August 18th, 2009 at 11:47 am said:

Replaceable HDD?


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