The PS3 Slim Aftermath; Images, Shortages, Backwards Compatibility and the 250GB model
Sony’s megaton announcement yesterday at Gamescom confirming the impending arrival of the PS3 Slim is not even 24 hours old and already we have a wealth of new information, stories and even rumours to wade through this morning.
Here’s a quick round up of what’s happening in a world where the PS3 Slim is no longer fiction, but a stark reality.
First up, you’re probably wondering what the thing actually looks like. Sure, we’ve posted a few pics here already at PS3 Attitude, and it does feature at the end of the new trailers on the Store, but check out this Flickr stream for an enlightening slide-show of the new and beautiful svelte beast. The images also depict the new PS3 side-by-side with the now older, fatter model we’ve come to love so much. Just in case you wanted to know exactly how it fares in terms of size comparisons.
Other news hit over night that Amazon are pretty much selling out of the new cheaper and trimmed down model and have introduced a “One per household” policy until further notice.
From their site:
“As you may know, the PlayStation 3 120 GB is in great demand, and there are shortages of this product across the U.S. In an effort to provide as many customers as possible with the opportunity to purchase PlayStation 3 120 GB, we are limiting the total number of PlayStation 3 120 GB units that can be purchased. As a result, each household may only purchase one PlayStation 3 120 GB unit.”
With a new product comes a fresh batch of new rumours so let’s debunk as many as we can right now. First up, the PS3 Slim is not backwards compatible with PS2 games. Many expected this feature, if anything to allow Sony to flood the PSN Store with such great classics from Shadow of the Colossus to Metal Gear Solid 2. SCEA’s Director of Marketing John Koller explains, however, that the decision to omit a feature some people still clamour for was a strategic one.
Stating to Kotaku:
“Now that we’re at a point where we’re three years into the lifecycle of the PS3. There are so many PS3 disc-based games that are available that we think — and noticed this from our research — that most consumers that are purchasing the PS3 cite PS3 games as a primary [reason]“.
Another rumour to quash right off the bat is recent conjecture that the new 120GB hard-drive fitted into the PS3 Slim can’t be replaced with a larger one. False. When asked about hard-drive upgrading, Koller said:
“We actually actively encourage that, for consumers that want to. The hard drive bay has moved from the side to the front, so it’s a simple two-screw process. You can unscrew it and put in a new Terrabyte model or whatever.”
However, if 120GB is not enough for you, and you’re not too handy with a screwdriver, you can always wait for the 250GB model which an FCC document claims to exist. Check out Joystiq for the full story of the now infamous CECH-2001B.