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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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  • Re:Do not want!! (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Davemania (580154) on Saturday August 08, 2009 @10:50AM (#28996159) Journal
    Comparing the price of a base PS3 to XBox360 is quite frankly ridiculous. The extra features of the base machine offered is completely different, if you get the Xbox 360 with the addtional attachment cost included, comparing the cost would than be more realistic. I do think that the PS3 price need to come to but not necessarily down to 360's.
  • Re:Do not want!! (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Macthorpe (960048) on Saturday August 08, 2009 @10:56AM (#28996201) Journal

    The difference I see is - I can buy a 360 without the additional attachments. With the PS3 I have no choice.

    Not sure why my original post is a troll though - I guess that it could offend someone, though I'm not sure who.

  • Unless it has PS2 game emulation, I have no reason whatsoever to upgrade to it from my 60GB model. A 60GB model which Yellow lighted and had to be repaired so I could save my saves. I'm still using the danm thing despite the imminent risk of another YLOD due solely to the fact that it plays PS2 games with upscaling. I don't want to go back to using a regular PS2 if I can help it. The difference is truly is like night and day.

    If there's no PS2 backwards compatibility (and ffs PS1 game texture smoothing), I see no reason for prefering the model to the cheaper 80/160GBs.

  • Re:Do not want!! (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 08, 2009 @11:21AM (#28996325)
    MGS4 isn't coming out on the 360. I don't know where you heard that, but it isn't true.
  • What it would take (Score:5, Insightful)

    by snarfies (115214) on Saturday August 08, 2009 @12:22PM (#28996745) Homepage

    1) Bring back HARDWARE emulation of the PS2. Not the software version (which isn't even offered anymore).

    2) Drop the price.

    That is all. Do that and I'll buy. Seriously.

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

    by gbarules2999 (1440265) on Saturday August 08, 2009 @12:36PM (#28996847)
    Not really. They've both sold quite a bit (about 30 million 360's to 24 million PS3's), so it's not like EVERYONE is flocking to one console. you exaggerate.

    I for one will not buy an Xbox 360 because they continue to fail and fry themselves. I'll save up for PlayStation 3.
  • by Enderandrew (866215) <enderandrew AT gmail DOT com> on Saturday August 08, 2009 @12:51PM (#28996987) Homepage Journal

    There have been reports that the software emulaation works better, so I'm not sure we need the hardware emulation.

    A price drop is a must. However, what many people weren't aware of is that Sony was doing a deal if you applied for the Playstation credit card, you got $150 off a PS3. When I purchased my second PS3, I did it through that deal and paid $250 for a PS3, which is the same price as a Wii, for an 80 GB model. That was a pretty good deal.

  • Re:Do not want!! (Score:4, Insightful)

    by dank zappingly (975064) on Saturday August 08, 2009 @12:53PM (#28997003)
    Yeah you can buy a 360 without the additional attachments, but if you do buy them, they are going to hose you with their proprietary hard drives and wireless adapters. If you end up spending $130 for a 120gb hard drive and $77 for a wireless adapter and the PS3 isn't really more expensive, plus you get free online play. I'm sure not everyone needs a blu ray player(well aware of the people who still insist that it barely looks better than a regular dvd), or wireless, and that xbox live is superior to PSN, but I think that for the average gamer there really isn't much of a price difference once you take everything into account.
  • Re:Do not want!! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by nutshell42 (557890) on Saturday August 08, 2009 @01:44PM (#28997321) Journal
    I won't buy a 360 due to the way MS treats the PC. It's not so much that they no longer release anything for the PC (although it's funny that Sony seems to make more games for MS fucking Windows than MS), that's their right. It's the sheer hypocrisy. The way they tout their efforts to "enhance" PC gaming while even their head honchos admit that they want to kill it because they have more control over the 360 - not to mention that they get their cut of every game sold. (see here [shacknews.com])

    If you're a smug 360 owner and don't give a fsck about the PC then remember the fate of the original Xbox. Sony's keeping the PS2 around forever and they'll likely do the same with the PS3, you're still gonna get new games years after the PS4 launch. MS killed the Xbox immediatly after the 360 launch. Oh, they say it's gonna be different for the 360 because they don't have to pay intel and Nvidia etc etc, which brings us back to all the crap they spout about their support for PC games.

  • Re:Do not want!! (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Dutch Gun (899105) on Saturday August 08, 2009 @02:06PM (#28997479)

    Not sure why my original post is a troll though - I guess that it could offend someone, though I'm not sure who.

    Because there's way too many gamers who, for whatever reason, seem to have tied their sense of self-worth to whichever gaming platform they've chosen. I've never understood that, and likely never will.

    Myself, I don't want a cheaper, slimmed down PS3. I want a deluxe mode. I would likely pick up a new console if Sony would create a new PS3 with full hardware PS2 support. Yes, I already have a PS2, but I would love to be able to get rid of it and just play on the newer system. Oddly enough, my PS2 is still getting more gameplay time than my PS3 (I currently have a 20GB model) as I plow through a lot of the great older PS2 titles I missed (some JRPGs, Tales games, Ico & Shadows of the Colossus, etc).

    It feels like Sony hasn't had a clear direction with their hardware for a long time. They keep changing models and reducing features (except HD space in later models). I guess this economy is more conducive to less expensive systems, so they felt they had to cost-reduce at the expense of features.

  • by gbarules2999 (1440265) on Saturday August 08, 2009 @02:27PM (#28997607)
    Woosh!

10.0 times 0.1 is hardly ever 1.0.

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