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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.

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+ megs1120 on August 18th, 2009 at 12:04 pm said:

FINALLY!


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+ Korbei83 on August 18th, 2009 at 12:04 pm said:

Replaceable HDD? Probably. The panel below the disc drive looks like it can be removed. My guess is the HDD is there.

Backward Compatible? Of course not. That is a software issue. When that problem is solved, every PS3 will be backward compatible. I would imagine that if it were included in 3.0 it would have been headlined in the demo video, so I’m going to assume it has not arrived yet. Eyes will be on TGS for that one. But expecting the launch of a new unit to boast that feature over any existing one doesn’t make any sense.


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+ PiratChest-Booty on August 18th, 2009 at 12:05 pm said:

I hope you are right KazeEternal. That would not be a smart move on Sony’s part to not allow the hard drive to be replaced. I hope we get an official response soon.


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+ sTeLioSco on August 18th, 2009 at 12:05 pm said:

Congratulations!!


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+ asop89 on August 18th, 2009 at 12:05 pm said:

Woohooo!!! great news, congrats & good job on the newer slim model, but right now I’m more anxious about the firmware 3.0 update, it was awesome.

Hey Jeff will this new update be available on september 1st with the slim PS3? & I was kind of dissapointed there was no release date announcement for GT5 :(

& finally congratulations on your baby Jeff ;), hope you & Mrs. Rubenstein have the best times with her.


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+ TwiztedR3DHead on August 18th, 2009 at 12:07 pm said:

The slim should be 249.99 but who cares im gettin the 80gb lol


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+ HanSolo on August 18th, 2009 at 12:07 pm said:

putting the bd drive on top of the hard drive, with no fans and almost no ventilation holes is not a great idea, is it?


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+ Gr00v3r06 on August 18th, 2009 at 12:07 pm said:

Yeah same question can I upgrade the hard drive like the current models?


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+ Alex_dlc on August 18th, 2009 at 12:08 pm said:

new vertical stand too? they mention it here
http://www.scee.presscentre.com/Content/Detail.asp?ReleaseID=4842&NewsAreaID=2


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+ HanSolo on August 18th, 2009 at 12:08 pm said:

since apple charges for firmware updates on ipdos, will sony do the same?


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+ HanSolo on August 18th, 2009 at 12:09 pm said:

is there a way i can get ( u send me ) firmware 3.0 earlier? like.. today or tomorrow?


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+ Myke-Myke on August 18th, 2009 at 12:09 pm said:

Is the HDD still upgradeable???


113

+ yohan12 on August 18th, 2009 at 12:09 pm said:

@76 Tell them you want a refund of the extra money you paid. over $299


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+ BlooodyCow on August 18th, 2009 at 12:09 pm said:

hay Jack,
Will we have a Limited Edition Hannah Montana Playstation 3 SLIM Entertainment Pack featuring Hannah Montana the Movie game?
LOLZ :)


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+ bk7894 on August 18th, 2009 at 12:09 pm said:

can’t wait to buy my second ps3


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+ HanSolo on August 18th, 2009 at 12:10 pm said:

is the hard drive ssd?


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+ DavidK86 on August 18th, 2009 at 12:11 pm said:

who gives a sh1t about ps3 slim unless you have little space to work with


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+ yohan12 on August 18th, 2009 at 12:12 pm said:

@117 Its smaller and cheaper and everyone who said it was fake is stupid :)


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+ datipi on August 18th, 2009 at 12:13 pm said:

how about instead of wasting time and money on the exact same thing, only smaller. sony actually spends some of that time getting games out on time and oh, here’s a thought, make them actually good. maybe this would be justifiable if they actually made the system better in any way at all, which they haven’t. at least it doesn’t break every 4 months like another system i know of. which they aren’t supposed to do anyway so that doesn’t really count. learn to company management, noobs!


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+ tatsuyakai on August 18th, 2009 at 12:14 pm said:

What a letdown, i must say the price cut is good, but no B/C returning is not going to help you, i refer you to that gamefaqs poll that was taken a few days ago, when asked if you’d buy a slim at 299$?, over 50% of the people responded:
if it was bachwards compatible with ps2 games.

Obviously you haven’t learned how big a system seller it is and how now your losing many sales over it, but of course, that means little right?

Pride get’s you nowhere in the long run.


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+ starBlinky01 on August 18th, 2009 at 12:14 pm said:

wow 125gb drive? Amazing. Would be cool if you guys offered a $199 version with a 30 gb hard drive or something. That would really sell!! But I am guessing you are waiting for sales to die down after this is released to do something like that.

Great job guys!!
Although I must say… it is pretty effing ugly.. I do like the finish better though. :)

If it had a better design and backwards compatibility, I would consider buying it (I already own a 60Gb version with backwards compatitbility with ps2)

Still this is really really good and you guys are going to kill the competition now.. Microsoft is going to have to start paying people to take their crappy systems.


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+ LivingMetal on August 18th, 2009 at 12:14 pm said:

I <3 PlayStation! I once hated it when it first came out, but it actually got me back into gaming. Let's hope this new, slim and cheaper model push the brand where it belongs… ON TOP!!!


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+ uqg9 on August 18th, 2009 at 12:14 pm said:

where is the hdd bay where u can upgrade ur hdd?


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+ HanSolo on August 18th, 2009 at 12:14 pm said:

Product name: PlayStation®3
Product code: CECH-2000 (Charcoal Black)
CPU: Cell Broadband Engine™
GPU: RSX®
Audio output: LPCM 7.1ch, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD, AAC.
Memory: 256MB XDR Main RAM, 256MB GDDR3 VRAM
Hard disk: 2.5” Serial ATA 120GB *1
Inputs / Outputs *2 Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0): 2
Networking: Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T) × 1; IEEE 802.11 b/g; Bluetooth® 2.0 (EDR)
Controller: Wireless Controller (Bluetooth®)
AV output Resolution: 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i (for PAL 576p, 576i)
AV output HDMI OUT connector *3: 1
AV output AV MULTI OUT connector: 1
AV output Digital out (optical) connector: 1
BD/DVD/CD drive (read only) Maximum read rate: BD × 2 (BD-ROM); DVD × 8 (DVD-ROM); CD × 24 (CD-ROM)
Power: AC 220 – 240, 50/60Hz *4
Power consumption: Approx. 250W
External dimensions (excluding maximum projecting part): Approx. 290 × 65 × 290 mm (width × height × length)
Mass: Approx. 3.2kg
Included *5: PlayStation®3 system × 1; Wireless Controller (DUALSHOCK®3) × 1; AC power cord × 1; AV cable × 1; USB cable × 1


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+ gamerboy845 on August 18th, 2009 at 12:14 pm said:

iv always liked you jack


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+ allblu on August 18th, 2009 at 12:14 pm said:

now that i want a second PS3 for my bedroom/travels, can you guys enable logging in and syncing saves for multiple consoles please!!!


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+ Netweb on August 18th, 2009 at 12:15 pm said:

SONY ANSWER THIS PLEASE!
I’m rom Portugal and if my PS3 have YLOD ou other bad thing.. and two years old..
Should i have buy a new one because you fix console price still 230€?

I WANT TO KNOW!!
I WANT TO KNOW!!
I WANT TO KNOW!!
I WANT TO KNOW!!
I WANT TO KNOW!!
I WANT TO KNOW!!
I WANT TO KNOW!!
I WANT TO KNOW!!


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+ TakiFuGu on August 18th, 2009 at 12:16 pm said:

@ 94

Pay attention dude. Sony’s PS3 Slim news have been leaked for months now. Microsoft already took measures and lowered their console to $299. Now both consoles are the same price. I even think Microsoft Arcade sku is even cheaper then $299. That’s what happens when you cant keep a secret.


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+ JinZX1 on August 18th, 2009 at 12:16 pm said:

Jack Tretton is a beast.


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+ KingOfNexus on August 18th, 2009 at 12:17 pm said:

Not too fussed on the new design, I would have kept it shiny with the spiderman font. However, it’s whats inside that counts!


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+ lordyo on August 18th, 2009 at 12:18 pm said:

Han Solo –
In response to:
since apple charges for firmware updates on ipdos, will sony do the same?

God no! That is part of the reason that Sony doesn’t suck. You buy a product, they support it (for years) and Sony doesn’t release a bunch of products that are only slightly better than the last ones (think all apple products, especially the iPod). No, they will never charge for firware updates.


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+ mntwister on August 18th, 2009 at 12:19 pm said:

Great move Sony, now, why don’t you offer the slim at a slightly higher price that plays all of people’s PS2 games? You must realize how many people own a PS2, why not make one for those upgrading so they can play all of their games? I think this is one of the big negatives still hurting PS3, millions of people might upgrade faster.


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+ phinnv8 on August 18th, 2009 at 12:19 pm said:

“Sony also says that they’re eliminating the feature of installing other operating systems on the Slim, so no more Linux.”

SONY WTF??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

I know most people don’t care but come on I love messing with Linux on my PS3


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+ naruto_hinata on August 18th, 2009 at 12:20 pm said:

Awesome this is really what people need a price drop and a new option! i will be purchasing one for my girlfriend!


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+ d-maax on August 18th, 2009 at 12:21 pm said:

i think this design is ugly, i prefare the orginal playstation3 design :), and also i dont think playstation would release in game voice chat because if they are goin to release cross game voice chat they would have atleast announced it knowing evry1 would want this feature


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+ Ruffday on August 18th, 2009 at 12:22 pm said:

Thanx for the late update! And no extra info other sites haven’t offered. The slim is on some Brett Favre mess, is it coming no , is it coming no , is it coming no. Oh by the way slim just sighned


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+ Maniacf50 on August 18th, 2009 at 12:25 pm said:

It looks like you can change the HDD from the front bottom right corner. it looks like it pops open from there.


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+ usalborg on August 18th, 2009 at 12:25 pm said:

Is it true that other OS support is removed in new ps3 slim? This is really really sad to hear :(


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+ Chr1zzly on August 18th, 2009 at 12:26 pm said:

“…is available for $299 all over the world”. Yeah right :)


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+ CiscoKid63 on August 18th, 2009 at 12:26 pm said:

Looks like a piece of crap. It’s crap that they redesign so fast. It’s a slap in the face to anyone who just bout a 120 gb system for 479.00. They should offer to upgrade anyones system if they bought in the last 12 months also.


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+ KillerBread on August 18th, 2009 at 12:27 pm said:

why is it so much more in the uk than the us the price is $300 and it should be £200 but its £250 where did that £50 come from?


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+ tenuous on August 18th, 2009 at 12:27 pm said:

Now everyone can shut up about the price and just buy one if they want to im sick of hearing about it.


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+ MadmenXXLVII on August 18th, 2009 at 12:27 pm said:

i knew they were gonna come out with a slim! just like the good old ps2.


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+ that-acmilan-guy on August 18th, 2009 at 12:28 pm said:

Hey Jeff! I didn’t know u had a relative at Marvel comics?


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+ norm01 on August 18th, 2009 at 12:28 pm said:

Although I applaud the decision to make a slim PS3 and price drop, I have to say, the system is some kind of ugly. It doesn’t look like a Sony product to me… but I suppose looking beyond the aesthetics, all the functionality is there and at the price point, I would really hope any remaining fence-sitters would just hop onto the PS3 train already. 3 years into this lifecycle, it would be foolish not to get into this generation with the PS3 offering Blu-ray movies and the best gaming lineup of all time.


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+ mcksalg on August 18th, 2009 at 12:31 pm said:

LOL I just realized the Slim looks like one of those George Forman grills, lol, epic win Sony.


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+ Doomsday34 on August 18th, 2009 at 12:32 pm said:

Is it able to stand vertically on its own as well?


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+ roadsterjam on August 18th, 2009 at 12:33 pm said:

Now the problem is,can owners still be able to upgrade the hard drive,my PS3(which is broken after getting the YLOD) has a 250GB and I wanna put it on this new PS3 Silm,It would be nice if you’re still able to.


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+ EDSX9 on August 18th, 2009 at 12:33 pm said:

Awesome!


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+ liketoski on August 18th, 2009 at 12:33 pm said:

Finally!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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