12 things you didn't know about the PS3 Slim

The PS3 Slim has been at the eye of a massive rumor storm for months, but now that Sony has finally made it official it’s time to bring the facts. By now you probably know the general specs – it includes a 120GB HDD, it’s $300/€300, it’s out September 1st, and it’s, well, slimmer – but no self-respecting, hardware-obsessing, early-adopting gamer would stop there. Read on to snag twelve of the PS3 Slim’s most overlooked details and you’ll know more than the next guy when it’s released next month.

1. It’s not actually called the “PS3 Slim” – it’s just the PS3 or the PlayStation 3. It is a new PS3 for sure, but nowhere on the box or in the documentation will you see the words “PS3” and “Slim” next to each other. Nevertheless, we’ll keep calling it the “PS3 Slim” for the sake of convenience.

2. The logo is beautifully etched into the machine (above), and not only that, the old branding is gone for good - no more tacky Spider-Man font! No more PLAYSTATION 3, either – Sony decided to stop yelling at us with every press release and just call it the “PlayStation 3.” Much better.

3. It has buttons! Those weird, touch-sensitive non-buttons are gone, and they’ve been replaced with that wonderful, tactile CLICK that only real buttons can deliver.

4. This is what the new ad campaign looks like:

5. It’s smaller, but not in every way. It’s thinner and lighter, but as you can see in the comparison below, it's a bit longer from the rear to the front. They had to fit all those graphics in there somehow.

6. It’s quieter! With power consumption two-thirds what it was, there’s a lot less fan-blowing and a lot more sweet serenity.

7. It only comes with composite cables. Yes, composite. Not even component, and definitely no HDMI.

8. If you have a Bravia TV and you hook up your new PS3 with an HDMI cable (…not included), you can operate the PS3’s media bar with your TV’s remote – you can even set it to turn the system off when you turn the TV off.

9. The hard drive IS removable - though it doesn’t initially appear to be. There’s a little hole by the drive bay which contains a screw that holds the HDD in place. Pop that open, unscrew it, and you’re in business.

10. It’s not backwards compatible with the PS2, but it might work with some PSX games. That’s right, the PS3 Slim cannot play PlayStation 2 games, but some PlayStation games will work. The only appropriate response to this statement is “lol wut?”

11. It has a tiny stand-by light. Look how cute it is:

12. The games advertised on the back of the box are: inFAMOUS, Madden NFL 10, Tekken 6, MAG, and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. Does that tell us anything? Not really, but it is something you probably didn’t know.

C-c-c-combo breaker: Bonus facts!

We couldn't possibly stop at just twelve things when there's so much to say. What, you thought we could only make numbered lists of things? Well numbers can suck it - here are a few more things we noticed about Sony's new product.

If you want to stand it vertically, you can buy a stand separately.


The big power switch on the back is gone - but that's about the only thing different about the layout of the system's rear. 

Aug 19, 2009

For more coverage of the announcement of the PS3 Slim, see our unboxing video and comparison shots, and read more about the specs in our Sony gamescom conference coverage!


  • iispro - August 29, 2009 4:53 p.m.

    eww buttons :( i ruined my old ds by playing it 2 much and wareing the buttons down (they went in instead of out) so im not really all that into this and tbh ps2 way better much easier 2 hookup
  • Rael - August 27, 2009 6:24 p.m.

    Hmmmmm i really wish i could get 300 box right now and fill what its like!!!!!
  • GAMESFIRE - August 27, 2009 4:13 p.m.

    The new PS3 (NOT Slim) is great. I really think it's worth the money and has lots of good things to make you buy it. ;)
  • G1drake - August 26, 2009 2:55 p.m.

    too bad that around here it still cost 1000 bucks
  • howiejae1342 - August 25, 2009 8:53 p.m.

    i just lost my ps3 on a bus to ny. it was one of the first 80 gigs. i got it in irac on a military base and had it until 1 month ago. yes i cried 4 days, but now with new ps3, ican live again. 2 bad about the lost game/data files. at least i still have my trophies. look 4 me on psn real soon.
  • Felixthecat - August 25, 2009 10:56 a.m.

    IGN actually said that (AND I QUOTE): "With this machine, Sony are going to win the console wars for sure." Yeah, you keep thinking that.
  • lancelot110 - August 24, 2009 11:09 p.m.

    scrath the didnt't
  • lancelot110 - August 24, 2009 11:08 p.m.

    First off those Xbox users saying more systems were sold-dont matter.(The money made is still about the same) Two "250" = one "500" Second PS3 users do you actually play PS2 anymore I've had my PS3 for about 1 1/2 years and I only played PS2 when I didn't have PS3 games, so that's why sony didn't saved themselves some money (and us) by leaving it out.
  • thataboy85 - August 23, 2009 9:53 p.m.

    I like my 80 gig better, and the buttons,soon you'll have to replace them for being clicked out!!
  • gtakiller7 - August 23, 2009 2:23 p.m.

    ill stick with reliable chubby its just as good the new 1 is lighter but i dont plan 2 carry it round 2 much
  • jeffrey3133 - August 23, 2009 12:09 a.m.

    waste of money
  • Felixthecat - August 22, 2009 8:52 p.m.

    Mamma Mia thats one good looking machine!
  • avangelist - August 22, 2009 9:02 a.m.

    Some really good questions by Sabtos. I wouldn't mind knowing about whether they have taking into consideration the hot-swap HDD concept for existing users changing down. I can't imagine it would be an issue because the firmware is the same. If it makes less of the Boeng 747 noise mine does at the moment then I am in, but not for at least another year, I can't see why I would want to swap my existing fully functioning one with it.
  • AceDynamo - August 22, 2009 6:45 a.m.

  • bumgrapes - August 22, 2009 5:17 a.m.

    Oh well to bad I already got a phat ps3 . This new one looks better IMO. If mine breaks I'll sure get one of these. Really glad bout the sound my ps3 fans goes loud sometimes
  • mentalityljs - August 22, 2009 3 a.m.

    Not backwards compatable with PS2 games at ALL? That's like dumping your chubby girlfriend (who gives head), for a skinnier one that DOESN'T!!! :o
  • djsn1per - August 22, 2009 12:53 a.m.

    and it doesnt do EVERYTHING since it cant play any ps2 games or all psx games :D
  • thephntm - August 22, 2009 12:17 a.m.

    WTF not backward compatible?
  • Sabtos - August 20, 2009 11:11 p.m.

    "if the advertisment says it can do everything, and doesn't play PS2 games, or some PS1 games... does that count as false advertising" lmfao good point. Doesn't seem like they're ever going to remedy this, too many dumb fucks are STILL buying PS2s. All the money they spent on those and the games could have probably bought them two PS3s by now but they're too fucking stupid. "whos dumb enough to buy a sony bravia?" Um, I am, and it's a thing of beauty. However I don't give a shit about sync
  • linkganon - August 20, 2009 10:26 p.m.

    i'll say this once and only once. all but one game series on xbox is exclusive and is an contender, and it is halo (banjo and kazooie was never a strong contender), they have overpriced accesories (512 mb memory is still beat by a 4gb sandisk flash drive by 10 dollars), fees for playing online, added fees for downloading. all other games that have a chance on xbox are sony also has. in addition, ps3 has metal gear solid 4 which beats halo all the way to the curb, no fees for online, blue ray disk, sd card reader, not so expensive accesories. some fees for downloads, but not as expensive. microsoft is so desperate with their system, they are giving away 2 games worth maybe 10 dollars each, with the console. i won't be surprised if bill decides to pack it in and give up on the gaming wars and stick with pcs. he'd be making the smartest move of his life. with apple's rising sales, he should be looking behind his back now. he was way too late with the zune, as apple were coming out with i-phones at the time.

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