Things to know about the PS3 Slim


Gizmodo offers 10 things you need to know about the PS3 Slim. Now, "need" is pushing it, yes. I'm not sure anyone needs to know you can use your Bravia remote control to control the PS3's XMB interface. But still, a good list! The new version is a mostly a downgrade from the standard model--Giz writes that there's no Linux, half the number of USB ports, and no PS2 emulation at all.

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  1. I still think they should have gone down an additional $10. That takes the parity and cost comparison out of the equation in the minds of buyers who are shopping on initial price alone (as both the Wii and Xbox sales have proven they do). And it would force Microsoft to lose even more per unit sold if they decide to undercut the slim or potentially make an undercut impossible or at least extremely painful.

  2. I don’t know if you can really call it that much of a “step down” when the standard PS3s haven’t supported PS2 emulation or had 4 USB ports for almost 2 years now. Other than the loss of linux the slim seems to have all of the capabilities of any other PS3. Not that I am saying that is a good thing, but it is a more accurate representation of the difference between the Slim and the Fattie.

  3. “Giz writes that there’s no Linux, half the number of USB ports, and no PS2 emulation at all.”

    The Linux compatibility was useless to begin with – limiting access to the GPU and Cell made it inviable for anything past basic Web and office functions – and the standard models that have been out for more than a year have the same two USB ports and no PS2 compatibility. (If you’re going to compare it to the $500-$600 discontinued models, you might as well complain about the missing media card reader, too.)

    The Slim has a larger hard drive than all but one of the standard models and allegedly uses a third less power. And they still use standard 2.5″ SATA HDDs at a fraction of the cost as the 360’s overpriced proprietary drives.

    It’s still, however, the most expensive console, in the same sense that Apples are the most expensive computers. The only way you’re getting a comparably-specced 360 is to go for the middle configuration, at which point it costs the same but has a fraction of the storage and still lacks the PS3’s high-end features, like Blu-Ray, built-in Wi-Fi, subscription-free multiplayer, Bluetooth.

    On the other hand, there’s no $180 stripped-down option for the PS3 — the difference between the bottom-specced 360 and bottom-specced PS3 is still about $120, the same as it was in 2007, when the 360 Arcade was $280 and the low-end PS3 was $400.

    There’s better shots you can make at the PS3 – Home is still pointless, the game library is still relatively thin, the online experience is still rough around the edges, it’s still got a reputation as being obtuse for developers.

  4. Damn, the only reason I was going to buy the PS3 it to fool around with it as a Linux box. Maybe it’s good thing they didn’t include it though, as the homebrew hack may find around Sony’s limit on the Cell’s processor speed when running Linux.

    I just can’t see buying one to play games on, Sony’s already lost that race and will have to make a fresh start with it’s next console offering. Yeah sure I might miss out on Uncharted 2, and Little Big Planet but that’s not that big of a loss. Any other game that’s not exclusive to the platform will end up being better on the 360 because of Xbox Live.

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