It’s been three nearly years since Sony launched its Play station 3 and it seems like Sony has made amends to reduce the width by one inch from the PS3 keeping the processing power the same and named this version of the PS3, the PS3Slim which offers cutting-edge features and functions. Sony has also slashed the price of the Slim by approximately $100 from the PS3 and on the other hand, the storage has gone up from 80GB to 120GB. The PS3’s ability to run third-party applications like Linux has disappeared in the PS3 Slim along with the distinctive piano black shell.
Distinct features and design – The Slim sports a matte-black finish. The new eject and power buttons, which actually click instead of just responding to touch, are truly amazing. It is lighter and smaller than the other PS3 models. This is due to the fact that the main semiconductors and power supply unit to the cooling mechanism have been totally redesigned. On the other hand, it is deeper and hence will occupy the same amount of space wherever it is placed.
The PS3 Slim comes with a built-in hard drive for cutting load times, a Blu-ray player, built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, two USB ports for accessories and controller charging and a 1080p HDMI output.
The Slim supports Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio for output to compatible receivers, which should satisfy those who eye the PS3 mostly as a Blu-ray player. Also, if you own a Sony Bravia-brand TV and plan to use HDMI, Sony has included a new sync feature that lets you control the PS3 Slim’s XMB (cross media bar) interface with your TV remote.
Performance – The processor in the PS3 Slim has turned smaller compared to the PS3. It has gone down from a 65nm manufacturing process to a 45nm manufacturing process. This smaller model consumes lesser electricity and this makes the Slim greener. It consumes 250W of power down from the 280W on the PS3 at peak usage capacity which means that a total power consumption reduction of around 10%. Sony has also included a larger fan for cooling purposes and this allows the system to move greater amount of air at lower fan speeds and therefore, with reduced machine noise.
Accessories – Sony has bundled the DualShock 3 wireless controller with USB cord, an AC power cord and an AV cable for standard composite audio and video connections along with the PS3 Slim. Unfortunately, no HDMI cable is included which means users will have to shell out $60 in addition to the Slim’s cost for owning one.
Conclusion – Despite the reduction in power consumption and dissipation, the PS3 Slim feels warmer than the original PlayStation because Sony has designed the custom plastic moulding to route air away from the heatsink; thus the entire chassis feels warmer. But the bottom-line is, with a smaller, lighter and a quieter model, energy-efficient and eco-friendly operation and built-in Blu-ray and multimedia capabilities; the PS3 Slim delivers a compelling package for an affordable price of $499 and this makes it the best PlayStation ever launched by Sony.