Sony is adding a bit of flair to its PS3 Slim by offering the gaming console in white and upping the console’s on-board storage. Launching in Japan on July 29th, the PS3 Slim will be available in both 160Gb and 320GB capacities — up from the previous 120GB and 250GB sizes. The console will also be offered in the traditional black and the new Classic White with matching white controller. Pricing is set in the Japanese Yen with the 160GB retailing for ¥29,980 (USD$340) and the 320GB version for ¥34,980 (USD$400). Thus far, the launch is limited to Japan; but, hopefully, we will see these models come stateside in time for the holiday shopping season. More →
Sony may try to hide behind its shell company, Sand Dollar Enterprise, but those game savvy FCC equipment authorization miners know better. Spotted at the FCC and receiving approval for its Wi-Fi and Bluetooth frequencies are two new models of the Sony PS3 Slim, identified only by the designation CECH-2101A and CECH-2102B. The two models can be differentiated by their HDD type and, from what we can glean from the FCC documentation, are otherwise the same as the current PS3 Slim that you can pick up at your local Gamestop. Sony has not hinted at a new or updated PS3 console so speculation is running rampant with rumors that range from the not so exciting suggestion that this is a mere internal wireless component change to lower production cost to the exciting suggestion that this is new PS3 hardware whose novel specifications and feature list has yet to be uncovered. Knowing that Sony just refreshed the PS3 with its introduction of the Slim model in 2009, we expect the former but desperately hope for the latter, how about you?
Hot on the heels of news that Sony’s PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 3 Slim would soon become available for $299.99, Microsoft has responded with a body blow. Redmond’s popular high-end gaming console is currently available in three different versions: Xbox 360 Arcade for $199.99, Xbox 360 Pro for $299.99 and Xbox 360 Elite for $399.99. While the Arcade will continue to sit at its already-attractive price point, beginning tomorrow Microsoft will drop the price on the Pro from $299.99 to $249.99 and the Elite will drop from $399.99 to $299.99. Ouch, Sony. The Pro will stay at its new $250 price point until current inventory is burned through and it will then get the axe, leaving just the $200 Arcade and $300 Elite to man Microsoft’s fort. The company claims that this move has been planned for months but we find it a bit too convenient considering Sony’s aggressive moves of late. So gamers, which sounds the most attractive at the $300 price point — Sony’s PlayStation 3 80GB, the PS3 Slim or Microsoft’s Xbox 360 Elite?
We know, we know — if you really wanted one and stay up on your blawgz you’d have purchased one by now, but for everyone else, it seems as if the PS3 Slim is currently available at a bunch of Best Buy locations. One of our tipsters hit us with the above photo and other sites have reported on this as well. Anyone purchase one yet?