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Sony Computer Entertainment on Tuesday at Gamescom trade-show in Cologne, Germany, unveiled the new PlayStation 3 slim version that will eventually succeed the current flavour of the console and will also be sold at lower price-points: $299, €299 or ¥29 999 all around the world. The move will allow Sony to sell more game consoles.

Sony PlayStation 3 Slim will feature 120GB hard disk drive as well as will utilize 34% less power compared to the currently available. It is unclear whether the reduction of power consumption is a result of different components inside the PS3 slim or optimization of the current technology. The device retains slot-loading Blu-ray disc optical drive, wireless networking, Bluetooth and other key-technologies found in the original console.

According to claims of Sony Computer Entertainment, the slimmer version of the PlayStation 3 is 32% smaller compared to the original PS3, therefore, it may be more suitable for those, who did not like the relatively large size of the first-generation PlayStation 3.

Sony PlayStation 3 Slim will be available in September. In the meantime, Sony will continue to sell its PS3 80GB at discounted price-points of $299, €299 or ¥29 999.

At press time almost no exact details were available concerning the PlayStation 3 Slim. In particular, it is not certain whether the device features different chips inside and whether any capabilities have been sacrificed to make the video game system smaller.

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The shrink is probably based on using a finer scale manufacturing process for the internal components. Likely, PS3s were originally manufactured using a 90nm process. They're probably moving to 45nm now, which would significantly reduce power consumption and heat dissipation, thereby allowing a smaller unit. This also reduces manufacturing costs of processors.
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45nm Cell is confirmed. RSX is currently uncomfirmed. As a side note, X360 is at 65nm CPU&GPU. there were plans some time back to fuse the two into a single die @ 65nm with no plans for 45nm. This was a long time ago that I read this.

Overall, YAY! About time! It is sad to see linux support go away though.
0 0 [Posted by: cheeseman  | Date: 08/19/09 09:42:12 AM]
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