Sony to launch redesigned PlayStation 3 on September 25

By Leeky · 24 replies
Sep 19, 2012
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  1. Sony plans to introduce a third revision of its PlayStation 3 games console, originally released in 2006. The new version will land on US store shelves this September 25 ahead of the Christmas shopping season.

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    3DCGMODELER TS Enthusiast Posts: 307   +18

    This is cool
  3. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 855   +121

    For the 'most powerful console', I bet it still has the worst web browser on the planet and won't play any Sony Pictures media files thanks to Cinavia. Playstation killed itself, to me.
    Wendig0 and Burty117 like this.
  4. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,146   +911

    Can the hard drive be user replaced still? I found this to be really handy, I mean, my friend got Grand Turismo 5 and the loading times were absolutely crap, he had the orginal 120GB drive installed, I then convinced him to change it to a Western Digital Black 320GB drive and it improved load times but literally a tenth of the time, very impressed.

    I just hope they haven't made it all enclosed.
  5. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,146   +911

    I've not actually owned a playstation console since the ps2 slimline silver edition, I agree, the playstation has killed itself however, they include a blu-ray drive, this to me is the only reason I'm looking into getting one, since blu-ray players (well, half decent ones) are still quite expensive, I might as well get a ps3 which does a little more than a stand alone blu-ray player does :)
  6. Neojt

    Neojt TS Addict Posts: 223   +56

    I have the fat PS3 with the 40gb HDD I mostly use it has a media server but the buffering sometimes drive me nuts. Plus the web browser is really crap when it goes to console heaven im getting a pc connected has a media server
  7. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

    So the US 500gb version works out at: $299 (~£184)
    And the European 500gb works out at: 229 Euros (~£240)

    That's quite a shocker of a price difference, bundled FIFA or not.

    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 809   +102

    Softmod your ps3. Problem solved :eek:

    There are a few pkgs that disable cinavia. Showtime isn't a terrible media player either for ps3
  9. likedamaster

    likedamaster TS Enthusiast Posts: 88   +13

    Sony really doesn't get it. They had the chance to undercut both Microsoft & Nintendo, and they blew it. $169 &$199 is what it should be. Forget storage, let the consumer upgrade on their own if necessary. Price is major at the end of a console's life. What are they thinking? And the new design couldn't be any uglier. It's no wonder the big Sony Corp is going under. They're clueless on what drives the consumer to buy. /rant

    I'll be looking for the prior design to use as my netflix box. Hate the new look of the ps3. Ugh.
  10. likedamaster

    likedamaster TS Enthusiast Posts: 88   +13

    Would love to know how this is possible with the new update. Please message me or send shoot me an email, [email deleted]. I've got a lot of blurays I backed up, although all of them play normally, I know they won't play correctly once I activate surround sound on a few with cinavia. Thanks man.
  11. Everytime Sony launch the slimmer version of PS, it always has reduced lifetime usability.. sigh..
  12. Since I don't really watch blu-ray movies with my PS3, it doesn't really bother me about cinavia and such. I use it only for gaming and with that, it's still awesome. Also about the price being cheaper to undercut the XBox and Wii, perhaps they haven't really done so yet since we haven't even really heard about their next console. Let see how it plays out because if you remember, by the time PS3 was released, the PS2 price was cut down a lot.
  13. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,936   +1,101

    Anyone hating on the PS3 comes across as a whiner.
    The console is quiet, reliable, has free internet, runs blu rays, supports 2.5" hard drives you can upgrade, and has sick titles like God of War 3.
  14. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

    VAT dude. If you take that into account the price difference is only £20. The Americans have different sales tax rates in different states so all the prices are quoted tax free. It's the reason why at first glance electronics always seem cheaper in the US.
  15. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 744   +12

    Let's see:

    Quiet: So is a normal PC.
    Reliable: Compared to what, a 360? If so, then yes, but PC still has the advantage with individual replaceable parts.
    Free Internet: PS3 does not have free internet, it has a free social network and matchmaking. Then again, so does the PC.
    Blu Rays: PCs can do that too for $45 too if your computer happens to no come with one standard.
    HDDs: PCs have more options for HDDs than any console ever made combined.
    Exclusivity: Exclusivity is not a plus nor does it guarantee the quality of a title. With that said, PC has the largest collection of game titles of any console ever made combined.
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  16. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 3,797   +117

    Aye, as Slh28 said, VAT needs to be added.

    However, these are the Europe wide prices. Sony hasn't officially announced UK pricing yet, but its likely the new 500GB model will replace the current largest version around the same price, and we'll see the price drop for the entry version thanks to the 12GB flash storage.

    So it could work out a bit cheaper yet, once we know prices in the Queen's notes.
  17. NTAPRO

    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 809   +102

    Well depending on your ps3 model, it can be downgraded to a decent firmware and be softmodded. There are also some materials you can buy that lets you dual boot OFW and CFW in a manner of speaking. You can either buy the things you need to downgrade the ps3 or send it to someone that offers downgrading services. The downside is that you would likely have to pay to downgrade it unless you know someone who would do it for free. I only know of one reliable person that downgrades in the US and I haven't checked on any that live in the other countries if you live there instead
  18. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TS Evangelist Posts: 646   +89

    Interested in a new thinner PS3? No. Interested in a new PS altogether? Yes.
  19. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,936   +1,101

    Your comments about a PC being better come across whiny, of course PC's outclass a console.A console is nothing more then a limited, controlled outdated PC.
    Comparing a PC to any console makes them look bad, and is a simple minded way of looking at it. I am a true PC gamer, been here since I installed my first GPU a Voodoo Banshee and PC's have always made consoles look silly. This isn't new information unless your a noobie.
    The PS3 is a good system.
  20. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

    I never realized the US carried no overall VAT; I assumed that would have been in place considering the revenue it brings in and the current state of the books over there. Just shows how much we're being stiffed over here really.

    Either way though, It's still a lot of money for a new PS in my opinion.
  21. likedamaster

    likedamaster TS Enthusiast Posts: 88   +13

    Yeah, I'm in the U.S. Would love to know this info. Links, numbers or whatever. Thanks. (email address deleted for your safety)
  22. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 744   +12

    Right, and for around the same price, you get a PC that does everything the PS3 can do, and more. So when you really think about it, a console is nothing more than a waste of money for those who think operating a computer is hard.
  23. NTAPRO

    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 809   +102

    But the consoles have console exclusive games >_>

    People get them for their kids. People get htem to enjoy them, or use them for engineering stuff or somethingr >_>

    Nintendo64, nes, atari, snes, ps1, hardly even compare to pc.
  24. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 744   +12

    Let's dissect your argument.

    1. I already explained exclusivity doesn't equal quality, and PC has the largest amount of exclusive games to begin with.

    2. My father got me a computer when I was a kid, My first games were Age of Empires 1/2 demo and Carmageddon pirated CD my friend's brother gave me. People like underestimating their kids.

    3. Except all of those can now be emulated on a mid-range PC. Unless you're speaking of computers when those consoles came out, then that's an entirely different story not being currently discussed.
  25. What sony should do is upgrade the wireless adapter to support the latest wireless N technology, or release a USB wireless N adapter compattible with all versions (like my "old" 80GB model). I use wireless, and downloads from PSN take forever to complete... I was hoping to see something about upgraded wireless networking capabilities.

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