Does your PlayStation 3 need a diet? I bought mine in 2008 before they shrunk it the first time and, well, it’s kind of a big console. Seriously, grab it or an original PlayStation 2 and you’ll realize just how gargantuan the things are. Of course, if you’ll remember the PlayStation 3 debuted to sluggish sales and at an incredible loss, so ripping out features (backwards compatibility, anyone) and shrinking the unit down to save money on individual units was probably foremost on Sony’s mind.
The original PlayStation 3 Slim (not an official designation, mind you) debuted in 2009, not even three years after its debut. The original console took five years to get a smaller version, the sequel took four. Along with each hardware redesign, naturally, came an influx of all new sales, too. In the case of the PlayStation 2, it helped fend off the original Xbox and powerhouse Halo 2, for a little bit at least. I can’t say I’m a huge fan of this new re-re design, but at least they’re reducing the extraneous tacked on boxes on the bottom of the console as much as possible. The 250GB model of this new second slim will debut in a week, on September 25th for $269.99 with Uncharted: Drake’s Deception and $30 worth of Dust 514 credit, while the 500GB model will arrive on American shores on October 30th for $30 more.
Source: The Verge