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5.0 out of 5 stars The best just got better!, August 26, 2009
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This review is from: PlayStation 3 Slim 120GB (Black) (Video Game)
As a proud owner of a PS3, I was closely following developments of when the rumored (and highly-anticipated) PS3 Slim would come out. After shelling [...] for the PS3 80GB back in 2008, I was really excited to hear that Sony not only announced a smaller version of the PS3, but also implemented a [long-overdue] $100 price cut. I immediately went out and bought the Slim as soon as possible, and am very happy with it so far. Here are my impressions:

I heard that it was smaller, but seeing is believing! The photos don't do the system justice, and it's not really till you see and feel the difference that you are impressed with it. If you can, go into your local game store and check it out for yourself! If you've previously owned a Playstation console, you already know the difference the slimmer version makes when compared to the original, bulky ones. What's really convenient is that the slimmer PS3 not only means your video gaming is more portable, but that you have a really convenient Blu-Ray player.

I love the sleek look of my PS3 Fat, but don't like how it constantly needs to be cleaned. The glossy finish is a fingerprint magnet! The matte finish on the Slim is much easier to maintain. That being said, it doesn't look as shiny and cool, but I think its convenience outweighs that.

Storage was never an issue for me on my 80GB system, but for those who wanted more storage, you get 40GB more with this system (120GB in total). It may not seem like much, but you can hold MANY movies, pictures, and music albums with 120GB. If that's still not enough, you can always install a 2.5" hard drive yourself, or better yet, plug in an external hard drive in one of the USB ports. You can easily get a portable 500GB external hard drive for less than $100, or a bigger, bulkier one with around 1TB of storage for roughly the same. That being said, I think 120GB for $300 should be more than enough for most users, and is a significant improvement over the 80GB for $400 that people were paying just a few weeks ago!

This is my one major gripe with the Playstation 3. It really wouldn't have killed Sony to include this feature, as the original Playstation 3's did in fact include backwards compatibility with older Playstation 2 games. A lot of people counter by either saying (1) it doesn't make sense to buy a PS3 to play PS2 games, (2) the graphics on the PS3 are better anyway so why bother with older games, and (3) including backwards compatibility would cannibalize PS3 game sales.

While those arguments might have their merits, I'm still frustrated that my massive PS2 library can't be played on the PS3, and was really hoping that Sony would include backwards compatibility on the Slim! I loved the fact the PS2 was backwards compatible with PS1 games, and really wish that Sony would reconsider this decision.

PS3 vs. WII
I think comparing the PS3 directly to the Wii is a bit like comparing apples to oranges, since they offer such different experiences. The Wii in my opinion is more family-friendly, while the PS3 is better for more graphics-intense games geared towards different gemographics. I'm a huge fan of Nintendo, and I love their very family-oriented game offerings. I own a DS and Wii and still love Mario as much as the days back when I played the original Nintendo (NES). In addition, I think Nintendo's motion-sensitive controllers for the Wii are very innovative and fun to play with! Unfortunately however, for most gamers, the difference in game quality is noticeable when comparing the two systems. The PS3 has AMAZING graphics. On an HD Television, you notice such crisp details while playing the PS3. The Wii features only Standard Definition output, which noticeably weakens it when compared to the other next-gen consoles such as the PS3 and Xbox 360.

PS3 vs. XBOX 360
Microsoft has an impressive gaming console in their Xbox 360 and there are some amazing titles exclusive to the Xbox, but in the end you get less bang for your buck when compared to the Playstation 3:

(1) Online gameplay: You can use the Playstation Network's online features without having to pay a subscription fee like you do for the Xbox. I was never a big online gamer but now I enjoy playing against opponents online.
(2) Internet connectivity: Built-in wireless internet connectivity on the PS3 is a much better bet than having to buy a wireless network adapter for the Xbox. Of course you can simply rely on a wired Ethernet connection, but this might be inconvenient depending on your set-up.
(3) High-Def Video: The Playstation 3 doubles as a Blu-Ray player. Microsoft bet on the wrong horse when they were hoping that HD-DVD would come out the winner in the high-def format wars. If you want a Blu-Ray player/video game system combo, the PS3 is a great device.
(4) Failure rate: The Xbox 360 has an absurdly high failure rate, with estimates ranging between 30 to 50% ([...]). I can't verify the numbers, but know from my friends who own the Xbox 360 that they've had a fair share of grief with their systems.

Microsoft does have a few edges, namely the upcoming Project Natal, unveiled at June's E3. While Natal may ultimately be one of the most amazing advances in video gaming, it unfortunately is still some time off from being implemented. That being said, the Playstation 3 is much more worth the cost than the Xbox 360 - at least for now.

[...] system that doubles as a Blu-Ray player. Keep in mind though that the bulk of money spent on the video game system will not be in the initial down payment, but the subsequent games, extra controllers (only comes bundled with one controller), and other peripherals/accessories. [...]. Sony's refusal to incorporate backwards-compatibility for PS2 games on the PS3, however, might make your gaming library obsolete in a few years, so if you have the money, you're best off going for the PS3 Slim. You won't regret it.
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Initial post: Aug 27, 2009 10:43:58 AM PDT
Cinnamon says:
I don't know why, but some of the prices I listed were replaced by Amazon with [...]

The original price I indicate was $399, the newer, much more affordable price as you probably already know is $299, and the PS2 is $99. I have tried editing the review to reflect these changes, but the numbers still aren't showing up.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2009 4:32:59 PM PDT
Thanks for replacing your original price mentions here. Very thoughtful review.

Posted on Aug 28, 2009 9:57:23 AM PDT
This is my first Playstation...(shipped by Amazon and due to arrive on Sept. 2nd) ..... I bought it for the Blu ray and Web browsing ... does the Logitech keyboard for Playstation 3 and the Blu ray remote for Playstation 3 work with this slim model? all the information on the website is out of date and doesn't list this model.

Posted on Aug 28, 2009 10:06:48 AM PDT
I don't know why people keep bringing up the HD DVD player for the Xbox 360. The 360 doesn't even play HD DVDs. It only plays DVDs.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 28, 2009 11:11:15 AM PDT
Cinnamon says:
Hi Gloria, thanks for your comment.

Glad to hear you're getting a Slim...I don't think you'll regret it! I unfortunately don't definitively know the answer to your questions as I own neither of those two accessories, but I don't see why it wouldn't work. I actually think I heard of a deal where Toys R Us is bundling the Blu Ray remote with the PS3 Slim to make the deal even sweeter, so my guess would be that it does work.

That being said, be aware you don't NEED the Blu Ray remote since you can play, pause, fast forward, etc through the included PS3 controller. You can even turn the PS3 on and off through the controller! But if this is your first Playstation purchase, you'd probably feel more comfortable with a remote :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 28, 2009 11:17:40 AM PDT
Cinnamon says:
Hi Chad,

Thanks for your comment. You're right, out of the box, the 360 does only play DVDs. But there is an optional HD-DVD player add-on that you can buy for the 360 (you can either Google it or search within Amazon, you'll find it Xbox 360 HD DVD Player)...HD-DVD is one of the features people were touting when comparing the Xbox 360 to the PS3...up until Blu-Ray won the format war.

Posted on Sep 1, 2009 10:05:10 PM PDT
H. Jeffery says:
i just wanna know does any of the ps3 or the ps3 slim play the ps2 games?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 2, 2009 4:21:34 AM PDT
XenoSophist says:
No. And currently, Sony doesn't have any plans for providing backward compatibility. There are some really good PS2 games that I still play (graphics that can be upscaled by the PS3) so this is my only gripe. Moreso since I have a "classic" PS3 that was backward compatible but seems to go on the fritz. Playstation Network offers software to be able to play PS2 data that is saved on the hard drive (such as Final Fantasy XI) and says to check the Sony website to see which games are compatible with this program but the web site does not provide this info. As a consumer, I do not want to have a PS2 and a PS3 to play games because of space limitations I have to deal with (and the wired controller). I sincerely hope Sony re-considers their position.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 2, 2009 9:41:18 AM PDT
H. Jeffery says:
i was told that it does play ps2 games now im confused 1 person says yes the other says no.well i guess ill have 2 check myself.if not then ill have 2 buy a ps2 too.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 2, 2009 6:32:57 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 2, 2009 6:36:37 PM PDT
XenoSophist says:
H. Jeffery, I understand your frustration. I have attached the link that is Sony's official answer:

I do not want to sit with a PS2 as well as a PS3 myself because I like the wireless controller and upscaling that PS3 offers. I have been trying to directly reach Sony but haven't got word of when (and if) Sony will bring backward compatility. This is made even worse if one were to believe the rumor in cyberspace that says Sony will stop production and support of PS2 within the next year. If you follow the link above, you will see that only 3 models of the PS3 provide backward compatibility. As far as I am concerned, this does not make business sense.
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