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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

ps3 slim

The first thing to note about the PS3 Slim is undoubtedly the design. It's split opinions in the office so far, and although this reviewer thinks the design is an abomination, others think it's actually nicer than the original.

The differences are: the design is very similar, but one third smaller. So it actually looks like something of a smaller brother to the original PS3.

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Instead of a nice glossy finish, what we have here is a dull matte, flimsy plastic casing that neither feels classy nor sturdy.

ps3 slim

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Gone, too, is the sexy chrome trimming, with the silver 'PlayStation 3' writing being replaced by a lacklustre 'PS3' logo embossed on the top of the case.

The on/off and disc-eject touch-sensitive buttons are also conspicuous by their absence, and they've been replaced by real buttons that give way when you push them. How boring is that?

ps3 slim buttons

You've still got two USB ports round the front, and round the pack there's the usual HDMI, AV multi-out, optical-out and ethernet ports. The kettle power cable has been replaced by a slimmer two-pin cable.

ps3 slim usb

The problem with the PS3 Slim is that it looks so cheap. Sony has taken the opportunity to strip out all of the cool, aesthetic design features from the original, in what can only be a cost-cutting measure.

ps3 slim

We're not totally against this, although we'd have liked some more of these savings to be passed on to us - the PS3 Slim is still £50 more expensive than the newly-priced £199 Xbox 360 Elite.

Consider also that the PlayStation 2 spent the vast majority of its life selling for $199 in the US and £199 in the UK. Nearly three years into its life, the PS3 still costs £250 – that's a lot of money in the scheme of things.

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