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Sony Computer Entertainment Playstation 3 12GB System
Platform: PS3 12GB SystemEdition: NewChange
Price:$177.99+Free shipping with Amazon Prime
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282 of 301 people found the following review helpful
on August 22, 2013
Just got my 12GB slim and before firing it up I was going to put in my 500GB HDD. Please note the following:

* There is no physical 2.5" SATA drive installed.
* There is no HDD mounting bracket, that is a separate purchase of which the only one I could find available on Amazon is this:

TOMTOP Mounting Bracket System CECH 400x

So another $15 unless you can find the $10 Sony branded kit.

I guess the problem was me assuming it had a 12GB 2.5" SSD, where in actuality it is flash memory embedded on the board. I have the drive in there and rigged up so its not going anywhere, but it's just unfortunate this was not well documented. Maybe it was and I missed it.
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50 of 56 people found the following review helpful
on April 29, 2014
I do not know why, but my grandson game me this as a gift.

I can tell I bought the last of us and ohhh lord why didnt this existed on 1960!!!

This is full of fun and action, I like PS3
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192 of 240 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2013
Prior to Walmarts Thanksgiving day sale this year, I was eyeballing their 12gb PS3 Slim which was selling for $199.00 and their 250gb PS3 bundle that came with a free game which was selling for $249.00 ( a $50.00 dollar difference ). It wasn't until I started reading reviews about the 12gb model that I found out that it doesn't come with the Hard Disc Drive ( HDD ) caddy ( bracket ) that is needed when you decide to go from only relying upon the 12gb PS3's internal memory and want additional storage space, and that the 12gb versions internal memory won't support some PS3 games because they require too much storage space. Luckily, I was smart enough to put off my purchase until the Thanksgiving day sale to see if Walmart were going to be offering any PS3 console deals and was able to pick up a 250gb console bundle, including 2 free games ( Batman : Arkham Origins & The Last of Us ~ $120.00 value ), for the same $199.00 dollar price that Walmart ordinarily sells the 12gb console for. Sorry ... I digress. Just spend the extra $50.00 dollars, buy a 250gb console, and save yourself the headache of eventually having to go out and buy the extra's for your 12gb console ... You'll be glad you did.

By the way, I think it's rather shady on Sony's part for not making it loud and clear that the 12gb PS3 Super Slim doesn't come with the HDD caddy that's going to be needed when you're ready to install a hard drive. Shame, Sony, shame.
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37 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on July 25, 2014
I bought this for my son. He informed me that after he downloaded all the updates it didn't have enough memory left to play a game. Thought I was being a good dad but I came off as cheap for not buying the one with more memory.
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31 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on December 25, 2013
For serious gaming, a hard drive in addition to the 12GB of memory may be needed as most PS3 games require an install, the side ranging from only megabytes of data up to 10 GB of data. The hard drive is easy to upgrade, although you will need to purchase a mounting bracket for the hard drive (which is not included) (games like Call of Duty or Uncharted won't suffer from this because they don't require installs on disk beyond 100 MB, but Grand Theft Auto 5 has at least an 8 GB install that would easy be two thirds of the available space, and do not forget software updates that can easily be 1 GB in size).

The console makes it easy to set up a PSN account as well as set up Netflix and other streaming services. The top mounting disk tray is particularly interesting: instead of opening vertically, the disk tray opens horizontally which allows it to be placed in a snug location. Supporting CD, DVD, BluRay, DIVX, and MP3/MP4 formats (and others), this console can do quite a bit in terms of music and video playback. It supports external memory for console backup as well as for data transfer (save data, movies, etc. via USB). It has either wired or wireless internet via wifi as well.

It does not come with an HDMI cable, that will also have to be purchased separately.

This is a nice entry point for someone wants a PS3 at the end of its hay day, or if they want a second console or just a media center to stream content from their PC or to watch Netflix, Hulu Plus, or use other services such as those offered by the NHL. PlayStation Store also serves up movies and TV shows for either rent or purchase.
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26 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2014
It's missing a part that was not told about in the description of the console
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2013
This was actually my 3rd PS3 I have bought. The first one my son broke when he was young and the 2nd is still going strong. I just wanted an extra system to use as a blu ray player, watch netflix and play an occasional game in another room. That being said I have always been a playstation fan until this 12GB system. When I first got it the controller did not work which luckily I had another system and used a controller for that. The system worked for a day then wouldn't turn on again. I contacted sony who sent a box to send it to get fixed. So after receiving it back the controller still did not work at all. Wouldn't charge wouldn't do anything. Turned on the system and at least this time it turned on but it would not stay connected. Contacted sony at first about the controller and they wanted me to ship it in when I asked them to send me something to ship it in they refused, and after finding out the system had issues still returned to amazon. Luckily amazon's return policy was great since it had been 4 weeks at this point between shipping it to get fixed and getting it back.

The system itself just looks cheaply built when compared to other ps3's. The disc goes in on the top as it slides from right to left and it is very loud when starting up and running (heard this from other reviews and the one time my system did work this held true). Overall I wasn't happy with sony's customer service either they didn't really seem to care whether it was fixed the first time or if I sent it back in etc. I still love my other ps3 but stay far away from this model.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 30, 2014
If you are thinking of purchasing this product, PLEASE be aware that this does NOT come with either a Hard Drive NOR the Hard Drive caddie. I bought this because my 10 year old ps3 fattie died on me last week. I was going to install my 500gb hard drive, but I can't..because this product is not shipped with the hard drive caddie. VERY disappointing.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2014
This version of the PS3 is hands down the worst model ever. If your going to be cheap it's going to bite you in the butt. Here we have a model inferior in every way. 12g Flash Hard drive. This means there really is no Hard Drive for memory issues. It takes almost 8 to 10 gigs just for the software updates & patches, leaving you no memory. I chose this model only because I bought the 500gig Hard dive that I installed into the PS3 Making a more complete system.

It's loud, too loud. Playback with audio on some movies are terrible, even when amplified in stereo. I owned the 320 gig model and felt it was a much more solidly constructed, less jinky system. Jinky as in it sometimes gets too hot, and has mild power surges. The 500 gig hard drive models for this that come in several bundles, are far better overall systems. Still not close to the quality of the older versions. Slide top loading is terrible, almost to the point where it defies practicality.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2015
I know there's a lot of bad reviews for this version of the Playstation, but to the right consumer it can actually be an awesome value. I bought this model off of eBay for $100. This was a deck only for that price. (By that I mean, no power cables, hookups or controllers). For someone who already has all the parts except for the necessary mounting bracket ($6 new on amazon), it's a really nice deal.

The reason it worked out so well for me is because I was replacing a PS3 slim where the blu ray drive wouldn't eject discs. I tried to have the drive adjusted but it refused to work. The replacement part online was running around $60. The other problem is there were a lot of different versions of the drive and it's a royal pain to swap them out, and I was also worried that I was getting a used part which could also fail on me. I could have sent it into Sony but that's $100+shipping.

The nice thing about this unit is that there's no mechanical drive, only a plastic cover that slides, so getting my disc stuck in the tray won't be an issue. It's small, a little noisy but nothing like the old models of the Xbox 360. I'm not crazy about how cheap the cover feels, nor how unresponsive the eject button can be, but I do like being able to take out my discs without turning on the system.

In general it does feel cheaper than the model 2 and if you plan on using heavily this probably won't be the best fit. But for someone like me who is going to put it on a second TV it's a really nice option. It's great for someone just wanting a quality blu ray/media player. Also if you plan on wanting a bigger hard drive than the now standard 500GB for whatever reason, it's got that possibility too. But for everyone else I recommend getting the model 2.
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