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Sony Playstation 3 120 GB Review
Posted on 20/04/2010
The PS3 Slim is basically the bigger PS3 with a body makeover – there just isn’t that much about it that is different from its predecessor. Still, it is a good bit of kit and its new size and slightly quieter fan make it ideal for home entertainment and gaming.
When it comes to design, opinions on the PS3 are mixed. On the plus side, the unit is one-third smaller than the original PS3, measuring 290 x 65 x 290 mm. But you can tell that cost cutting measures have been taken. The case is dull matte versus the original and nicer glossy black. Also missing is the chrome trim. The silver “PlayStation 3” writing on the top of the case has been replaced with an embossed PS3 logo and the touch-sensitive on/off and disc-eject buttons are now real push style buttons.
Just as with the original, there are two USB ports located on the front, while in the back you find the standard HDMI, optical-out, AV multi-out for connection to non-HDMI televisions, and Ethernet ports. The kettle power cable has been replaced by a two-pin cable.
The console still boasts its Blu-ray disc drive and built-in Wi-Fi – which is absent in the Xbox 360. This makes it a tempting gaming console for HD television owners.
As one would expect, the slimmed down components means the PS3 Slim operates more quietly than its predecessors. As a Blu-ray player, the PS3 is considered to be one of the best around, with easy updatability and connectivity. As a CD/DVD player, the console’s performance is a bit disappointing; however, the ability to upscale DVDs to 1080p is still present – making your DVD movies look great if you have an HD display.
A major new feature in the home entertainment department is the ability to bitstream Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding. As a gaming console – which is of course its primary function – the PS3 Slim beats the Xbox 3 on sheer power; however this doesn’t mean it has amassed the best of the game titles. For the true gamer, gaming preferences and exclusive titles will always be a primary factor when deciding upon which console to buy. (All PS3 Games) (All Xbox 360 Games)
Unfortunately, since the original PS3 60GB model was released, no PS3 console has been backwards compatible – and this remains true with the PS3 Slim. So, gamers hoping to ditch their PS2 consoles for this one can’t, unless they want to ditch all of their favourite PS2 games along with it.
As with the “I love the design” / “I hate the design” controversy, whether the PS3 Slim is the console to buy really depends upon the individual. If you already own a PS3 in 40, 60, or 80 GB, it’s probably not worth it – there just isn’t enough difference to justify the cost. However, if you’re a first-timer and you own a HD television, the PS3 will give you one powerful package, providing both a great gaming console as well as an exceptional media device.
Submitted by encarum, 06/08/10
Sony PlayStation 3 Slim
Which similar products have you used?
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.
What are the strengths?
slimmer, more compact design with quieter operation;
all games in high-definition;
What are the weaknesses?
online gaming, media, and commerce options still aren't as fully developed as Xbox Live