In a bold move, Sony has discounted the remaining stock of 80GB PS3's to US$299 from August 18 and €299 from August 19. Also in North America, the price of PS3 with 160GB HDD will be reduced to a RRP of US$399 from August 18. Of course one has to ask if it isn't worth waiting a couple of weeks to own the new version of the PS3 Slim with a 120GB HDD for the same prices as the 80GB PS3 Phat.
According to publisher, "The internal design architecture of the new PS3 system, from the main semiconductors and power supply unit to the cooling mechanism, has been completely redesigned, achieving a much slimmer and lighter body. Compared to the very first PS3 model with 60GB HDD, the internal volume as well as its thickness and weight are trimmed down to approximately two-thirds. Furthermore, power consumption is also cut to two-thirds, helping to reduce fan noise. While inheriting the sleek curved body design of the original model, the form factor of the new PS3 system features a new meticulous design with textured surface finish, giving an all new impression and a casual look. With the compact body and casual appearance, the newly introduced model will appeal to a wider audience who are looking to buy the best entertainment system for their home."
In some ways the PS3 Slim seems like an effort to erase the negative, and long lasting legacy of Ken Kutaragi. From his statements about the PS3 being worth a week's play to the use of the "Spider-Man" font, the smaller, more energy efficient PS3's is not only cheaper, and not only does the emblem on the console looks more reminiscent of the PS2 logo than previous branding, but Sony now writes PS3 "PlayStation 3" instead of the all caps "PLAYSTATION 3" companies and journalists were asked to use. Rather than trying to differentiate it, Sony is placing the PS3 firmly under the PlayStation brand.
Sony describes the new PS3 Slim as continuing to provide, "cutting-edge features and functions of the current models, such as the ability to enjoy high-definition Blu-ray disc (BD) movies and games, as well as various content and services downloadable through the network. The new PS3’s storage size has increased from 80GB to 120GB, and with the extra capacity users will be able to store more games, music, photos, videos as well as various content and services available through PlayStation Network. Having more than 27 million registered accounts around the world, PlayStation Network offers more than 15,000 pieces of digital content, ranging from game titles, trailers, and demos to more than 15,000 movies and TV shows via PlayStation Store*1. PlayStation Network members can also download free applications, such as PlayStation Home, a ground-breaking 3D social gaming community available on PS3 that allows users to interact, communicate and share gaming experiences, as well as Life with PlayStation, which offers users various news and information on a TV monitor in the living room by connecting the PS3 to the network."
The PS3 Slim is being supported by a number of AAA games headed down the pipe, including Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, EyePet, Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time, Heavy Rain, God of War 3, MAG, ModNation Racer, Gran Turismo 5 and more.