Sony PlayStation 3: One Step Forward Three Steps Back?
“The new slimmer and lighter PlayStation 3 has been dubbed the Super Slim PlayStation 3, or PS3 SS.”
Taking a page right from the Apple playbook, Sony has opted not to confirm any news about a next generation console in the works and instead has decided to confirm the rumors that have been floating around since E3. The new slimmer and lighter PlayStation 3 has been dubbed the Super Slim PlayStation 3, or PS3 SS (No it’s not a SUPER SAIYAN, and no it’s power level is not OVER 9000!)
“The current Slim with its meager 160GB PS3 still goes for $250 and is still the cheapest version on the market, but maybe we’ll see a price drop as well.”
Debuting at the Pre Tokyo Game Show earlier this week, it looks a lot like the 2006 version with its rounded plastic encasing and wide-body appearance. However, this new console is in fact 20 percent smaller and 25 percent lighter than the existing Slim model; the Super Slim PS3 sits at 11.4 inches wide by 2.36 inches tall by 9.05 inches deep.
This is also the first PlayStation 3 to remove the front facing disc-loading slot. Instead, the newest PS3 will operate using a disc tray. The console will also only include two front-facing USB ports. I watched the unboxing of one of these things on YouTube and I’m honestly a little scared that the plastic disk loading tray could be a real problem if you’re not careful. It looks like one good fall from the standing position would crack that sucker wide open, because it’s so thin, or pop it right off from the sliders.
The Super Slim PS3 is coming in two flavors/bundles The first will be going on sale September 25 for $270. (Clearly a move to take a stab at Nintendo and their $300 price pointed Wii U.) It will include a 250GB hard drive and pack in a copy of Uncharted 3 along with DLC for the game Dust 514. (Which looks freaking amazing!) October 30 the world will see the release of the $300 Super Slim package, It will come with an impressive 500GB hard drive and a copy of Assassin’s Creed III.
The current Slim with its meager 160GB PS3 still goes for $250 and is still the cheapest version on the market, but maybe we’ll see a price drop as well. There is still a lot of time before the holidays. The worst news is that neither of the new consoles will support backward compatibility, a request fans have been harping at Sony for since they stripped it from everything except the rare 80GB version released a long time ago.
I’m incredibly surprised that Sony didn’t use this opportunity to use the Super Slim PS3 to try to gain market share. This late in the game a price point below $259 before the holidays may have helped them make a big push this holiday season. (That along with some great titles.) An entry-level Xbox 360 can be picked up for $200. It’s really mind-boggling to me.
Wedbush Securities’ Michael Pachter also know for his show on gametrailers.com ”Pach-Attack!” agrees: ”I think Sony is missing an opportunity to differentiate on price,” he says. “And I think they’re going to be caught flat-footed when Microsoft does something like bundling Kinect with the Xbox for $200.” I don’t doubt a move like this from Microsoft at all.
With the current state of the economy a lot of people’s purchasing decisions are going to be incredibly price driven.
What do you guys think about Sony’s move and the new PS3 Super Slim? Comment below and let me know. As always thank you for reading, and please check back with Geek Smash soon for my next article where I, “Big Fat Video Game Nerd,” will release my top ten picks for games I want Santa Claus to put below my Christmas tree.
Also, for more on the PS3 super slim, check out TG Daily’s excellent analysis.