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Sony PS3 review

The Sony PlayStation 3 is still selling well, but should you wait for the PS4?

Our Verdict

For

  • 120GB storage
  • It's smaller
  • It's ligher
  • Up to 50% less power consumption
  • Brilliant media device
  • Blu-ray player built-in
  • Wi-fi included

Against

  • It's a bit ugly
  • The price is still high
  • No PS2 gaming
  • PSN outclassed by Xbox Live

Stop! We've reviewed the latest version of the PS3 here: PS3 review

The Sony PS3 Slim is the latest incarnation of Sony's opinion-dividing PlayStation 3 games console.

It's essentially the same console as before, but with slimmed down components and a new, smaller chassis. The key improvements in the new PS3 are the 120GB hard drive, up from 40GB and 60GB in previous UK versions, and it's also 36 per cent lighter, 33 per cent smaller and it consumes at least 34 per cent less power (it's probably even more efficient than that).

So why is this such a big deal for Sony?

The answer is that the PS3 Slim represents a new age for Sony's gaming arm – one that could well herald the start of a new profit-making era.

The vast majority of PS3 consoles sold to date (Sony has shipped over 24 million of them so far) have been sold at a loss - even the original 60GB version which retailed at £425 made a thumping loss per unit.

However, new manufacturing procedures have changed this recently, and a redesigned 45nm Cell processor along with other similarly small and power efficient components have reduced Sony's manufacturing costs significantly.

ps3 unboxing

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So coupled with the fact that the PS3 Slim is selling for £250 in the UK – only marginally cheaper than the bigger, fatter PS3 original – you can see that Sony can finally expect to start making a return on its investment. And it's about time.

But really, the questions are: should you care about that? And should you buy the new PS3 Slim?

Continue reading our PS3 Slim review to find out.

Tech Specs

Product TypeGaming Console
Hard Drive Capacity120 GB
Processor ManufacturerIBM
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
BluetoothYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Reader
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Product FamilyPlayStation 3
ColourBlack
Brand NameSony
Input Device TypeGame Pad
Graphics Controller ModelRSX
EthernetYes
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Graphics Memory Capacity256 MB
Number of Digital Optical Outputs1
Graphics Processor Speed550 MHz
Height98 mm
Width325 mm
Depth274 mm
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelCECH-2004A
Product NamePlayStation 3 CECH-2004A Gaming Console
Processor Speed3.20 GHz
Processor TypeCell Processor
Product LinePlayStation 3
Video FormatsDVD Video
Manufacturer Part NumberCECH-2004A
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Weight (Approximate)5 kg