A new slimmer and lighter Sony PlayStation 3 gaming system will hit the scene this September for $299 in the U.S., 299 Euros in Europe, and 29,980 yen in Japan. Sporting a new "PS3" logo on its surface, the PS3 Slim packs a 120GB Hard Disk Drive, a high-definition Blu-ray disc drive, and an HDMI output with BRAVIA Sync support. The slimmer PlayStation 3 console ships with Sony's Dualshock Bluetooth Wireless Controller.
Sony has also reduced the price of the current PS3 with 80GB HDD costing $299 from August 18 and 299 Euros from August 19. The PS3 with 160GB HDD will be reduced to $399 from August 18 as well. According to Sony, the PS3 Slim will use 34% less power, and takes up 32% less space than the existing PS3 as you can see in the photo here.
The internal design architecture of the new PS3 system, from the main semiconductors and power supply unit to the cooling mechanism, has been completely redesigned, achieving a much slimmer and lighter body. Compared to the very first PS3 model with 60GB HDD, the internal volume as well as its thickness and weight are trimmed down to approximately two-thirds. Furthermore, power consumption is also cut to two-thirds, helping to reduce fan noise. While inheriting the sleek curved body design of the original model, the form factor of the new PS3 system features a new meticulous design with textured surface finish, giving an all new impression and a casual look. With the compact body and casual appearance, the newly introduced model will appeal to a wider audience who are looking to buy the best entertainment system for their home.