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Sony Producing New PS3 Hardware, Slim Appears Likely 183

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from the consoles-on-a-diet dept.
The Opposable Thumbs blog reports on a confluence of rumors and information leaks that suggest Sony will be unveiling a PS3 Slim sooner rather than later. Despite waning console sales, orders for PS3-related hardware have risen sharply. There's evidence to suggest that Sony is phasing out its 80GB model, which would help clear the way for a hardware revision. Some expect the official announcement to come as early as August 18th, during the gamescom expo in Germany.
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Sony Producing New PS3 Hardware, Slim Appears Likely

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  • by NotSoHeavyD3 (1400425) on Saturday August 08, 2009 @11:40AM (#28996451)
    Which is the one I have as well. The first 2 PS3's, the 20GB and 60GB both played PS2 games and both had the complete hardware to do so. (Newer PS3 were missing one of the big chips but still could pull it off. Current systems don't have any of the old PS2 hardware which is why they arn't BC.) Anyway I hope they put BC back in. (Either that or I hope my PS3 doesn't break as much as my 360.)
  • Re:Do not want!! (Score:3, Informative)

    by Narishma (822073) on Saturday August 08, 2009 @11:43AM (#28996469)

    Metal Gear Solid 4 isn't coming out on the 360.

  • by Narishma (822073) on Saturday August 08, 2009 @12:00PM (#28996603)

    The only PS3s that have full PS2 BC are the original 20GB and 60GB. Some of the early 80GB versions had partial BC (they had the GPU in hardware but the CPU was emulated in software) but they didn't last long.

  • Re:Do not want!! (Score:3, Informative)

    by gbarules2999 (1440265) on Saturday August 08, 2009 @12:43PM (#28996905)
    Add to the list: Ratchet and Clank, Resistance 1 and 2, Killzone 2, and inFamous.
  • Re:Do not want!! (Score:3, Informative)

    by gbarules2999 (1440265) on Saturday August 08, 2009 @12:47PM (#28996947)
    You misunderstood him. He's saying that while those might be true, people still go and buy the 360. Funny that you jumped right on his back, there. You're seeing Sony fanboys where there aren't any!

    Furthermore, PSN isn't nearly as bad as you suggested (it was at launch, but firmware heals all wounds!), and the Playstation 3 can run Linux very easily.
  • Re:Do not want!! (Score:3, Informative)

    by Enderandrew (866215) <enderandrew AT gmail DOT com> on Saturday August 08, 2009 @01:07PM (#28997087) Homepage Journal

    I'm not a console fanboy. I buy all the consoles each generation. Let me debunk your FUD.

    What do you mean by "normal software"? I agree that the PS3 can browse the Internet, but I'm not sure that's so useful. The Xbox 360 can play DVDs, too.

    The PS3 can install Linux out of the box and can play BluRays. A BluRay player is still $200+, and $250+ for a decent one. Add $250 to the price of an XBox 360 and then tell me which is cheaper.

    Xbox Live is far superior to the PS3 offering, and I pay only about $35/year. I don't *want* a free, crappy online experience.

    XBox Live is better. I agree. But I prefer a free experience since I don't have 25+ hours a week to play my console online.

    So? Why would I want to use my console controller on a PC?

    I still play PC gaming, and I love the PS2/PS3 controllers. I don't have to buy separate PC controllers for PC gaming. That is nice. You can connect them with the USB cable or bluetooth, since it uses a standard USB connection. This is still a benefit of the PS3 over the 360. You said you were debunking FUD and in reality you're offering opinions, not commenting on facts.

    Excuse me? Care to back that up with proof?

    How about the litany of developers who claim their games won't run on the 360, or the fact that now that developers know how to code for the PS3, that 360 ports look worse, or that developers have had to lower draw distances for 360 versions, or that the cold hard facts show that the PS3 has more power? Again, you're offering opinions rather than facts.

    Overall, I believe cross-platform games look worse on PS3 than they do on Xbox 360. For example, Ghostbusters. But that's just minor. I have yet to see any single PS3 game that looks superior to anything you find on an Xbox.

    That was certainly the case when the PS3 first launched, and they just took 360 games and ported them poorly. That certainly isn't the case anymore.

  • by Enderandrew (866215) <enderandrew AT gmail DOT com> on Saturday August 08, 2009 @01:46PM (#28997339) Homepage Journal

    I checked, and Sony isn't doing the same deal anymore, but they are doing $100 off a PS3 right now.

    http://www.sonyrewards.com/en/gateway/?offerlink=srnowps3 [sonyrewards.com]

  • by david_craig (892495) on Saturday August 08, 2009 @05:49PM (#28999053) Homepage
    The Blu Ray disc is pretty vital when you look at the sizes of PS3 exclusive titles. Liar (a much better game than reviews indicate) is about 25GB in size. Metal Gear Solid 4 is even larger and there's no disc swapping. There are already suggestions as to how much of a nightmare the latest Final Fantasy game will be if it is ever release on the XBox360 due to the number of DVDs required [sankakucomplex.com].
  • Re:Do not want!! (Score:3, Informative)

    by Jonny_eh (765306) on Saturday August 08, 2009 @06:29PM (#28999247)
    Ninja Gaiden Sigma isn't really an exclusive. It's just a port of Ninja Gaiden with a couple extra features. Hardly worth buying a new console for.

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