Reviews and Problems with Sony Playstation 3 slim (120GB/160GB/250GB/320GB)
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Sony 320 GB PS3 in Splash Blue and Scarlet Red
22 September 2011
Excerpt: Sony and Microsoft are forever at war and constantly putting on new twists on products that remain the same internally for the most part. I’m referring to various versions of the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 Slim. This time, I’m talking about the Sony 320 GB PS3 Slim Consoles that are now available in Scarlet Red and Splash Blue. Earlier in the year, Sony revealed a very cool looking Silver PlayStation 3 Slim.
Summary: With a smaller design, more energy-efficient operation, lower price tag, and built-in Blu-ray and multimedia capabilities, the PS3 Slim delivers a compelling package for an affordable price.
Pros: More affordable $299 price; slimmer, more compact design with quieter operation; all games in high-definition; easy-to-use interface; doubles as a Blu-ray and upscaling DVD player; built-in Wi-Fi; 120GB hard drive; HDMI output with 1080p support; no external power supply; built-in Web browser; free online gaming service.
Cons: Lacks backward support for PS2 games; no infrared port means non-Bluetooth universal remotes aren't compatible; online gaming, media, and commerce options still aren't as fully developed as Xbox Live, though they're getting better.
Excerpt: Priced at $300 and conveniently sized similar to Blu-Ray players, the new Sony PS3 Slim is finally here. It’s over 30% smaller than the previous PS3, but still features HDMI, optical audio out, built-in Wi-Fi, dual USB ports and a hefty 120 GB hard drive.. all packaged in a comparatively lilliputian sized case. The PS3 Slim will also operate with less power, and more quietly as compared to the current, jet-engine equipped, PS3. One caveat?
Conclusion: A long-overdue price drop, a hard-drive bump, and a compelling physical redesign make the Sony PlayStation 3 more desirable than ever.
Pros: New compact and energy-efficient design. Terrific gaming performance. Integrated high-quality Blu-ray player. Hard drive is easily accessible for upgrades. Built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth. Support for HDMI CEC and DLNA. Streams Netflix Watch Instantly titles.
Cons: No memory card slots. Dedicated Blu-ray remote is not included.
Conclusion: The new slim version of the PlayStation 3 outperforms its predecessor — as well as being smaller and cheaper! On the wider market too, the wide range of functions makes it nigh-on unbeatable — so long as you don’t mind high power consumption and audible fan noise. And for anyone who’s cursed the older model’s lack of bitstream, HD-audio output, you can rest assured that the Slim has rectified its predecessor’s folly.
Pros: HD films look superb., Excellent DVD picture., HD audio as bitstream or PCM., Integrated hard disk., It’s also a games console., BD-Live and internet downloads., Sophisticated network and multimedia functions.
Cons: High power consumption., Audible fan., No conversion of 1080i Blu-rays to 1080p.
Summary: Sony dropped a game-industry bombshell at gamescon in Germany last August when the company revealed the latest PLAYSTATION 3 model, the Slim. The PS3 Slim is lighter, consumes less energy and is cheaper. The PS3 Slim didn't only usher in a new model in Sony’s console line, but it also marked a product-wide price drop for the often fiscally criticized system.
Conclusion: Despite the tummy tuck, the PlayStation 3 remains the capable, muscular box it’s always been. The lack of third-party operating system support and slightly duller materials remain the only real trade-offs you’ll make to own the newer, slimmer PS3, and we would gladly accept both of them in exchange for another $100 left still padding the wallet after purchase. And you’ll get a cooler, quieter, greener PS3, too. It’s about time.
Pros: Reasonably priced; smaller form-factor; larger hard drive: cooler and quieter
Cons: HDMI cable not included; lacks Linux support; cheaper looking materials