Here are a couple of things you might not know about the PS3 Slim:
- One of the features cut from the device is Linux support - since you'll no longer be allowed to install Linux on the PlayStation 3 model, enthusiasts will want to aquire one of the earlier PS3 models.
- Backwards compatibility has not changed: the device is not compatible with the PS2.
- The unit has 2 USB slots and no card slots.
- PS3 Slim still supports optical audio, HDMI, Ethernet and Wireless, and Blu Ray (of course).
- The vertical stand for the unit will be $25.
- If you have a Sony Bravia TV, the TV will be able to shut the PlayStation 3 off when the TV is powered down. Other TV specific features include controlling the PS3 XMB with the TV Remote.
- The PS3 Slim features the new PlayStation logo, which uses a new font.
The PS3 Slim looks like this (additional pictures):
Here's our story from earlier today:
The PS3 Slim was just announced at GamesCom - it will be 33% smaller and 36% lighter, and will retail in America for $299. The package includes an HDMI cable, making it one small step above the existing PlayStation 3 (which only ships with a composite cable), and it of course includes Blu Ray support and comes with a DualShock 3 in the box. Incredibly, the hard drive will NOT be dumbed down; it will have a 120 GB hard drive included with the system.
EXISTING PS3 boxes also get a price cut - the PS3 units still in stores are getting an immediate price drop to $299 as well.
Not only are the rumors true, but the system will be on sale in America starting in the first week of September.
Also noted was that the PlayStation 2 has already sold over 138 million units, and the PSP has sold 52.9 million units. Without the price drop, the PS3 has already sold 23.7 million units, with 10 million of those in Europe. There are over 27 million users of the PlayStation network, they've downloaded over 570 million items, and over $280 million in revenue has been earned as a result. Over 7 million people have downloaded the software for PlayStation Home.
The PSN got some new content as well:
September 1, PlayStation Home is getting a new look. There will be additional dance moves, a SingStar place in Home, and an Audi place in Home. The SingStar place in home features an interactive dance floor. There will also be a jukebox.
In Europe, the BBC iPlayer and other channels are coming to the PlayStation Network (examples: RTVe, Antena 3, LaSexta). The PlayStation Network is also getting pre-paid cards in Europe (in 20 and 50 Euro denominations), much like the pre-paid cards for Xbox Live and PSN here in the States. PSN is also getting animated themes. One example shown was SackBoy running on a globe.
The PlayStation video store is getting a European PAL equivalent in November. Star Trek, Harry Potter, and 007 were all shown as playable on PSP and PS3.
November will also see the release of an eReader for the PlayStation Portable. Marvel comics will be available with the eReader's release.