Sony Officially Announces PlayStation 3 Slim at $299

Sony Drops the Price of PS3, Intros Slim Version

by Anton Shilov
08/18/2009 | 11:47 AM

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.