We've always been reluctant to recommend the PS3 as a purchase for Blu-ray or as a game system alone. Heck, even those two features weren't enough to justify the $399 base price tag. Luckily, Sony's finally heard our cries, dropping the PS3 to a warm and cuddly price of $299. Additionally, a slimmer model has been announced, which is also priced at $299, and will be released on the first week of September, right in time for the new school year. Pictures and comparisons, after the jump.
Hirai, the announcer at Gamescom, says the new "Slim" model will have the same features and functions as the "old" PS3, but is 33 percent smaller, 36 percent lighter, and comes with a 120GB hard drive - an upgrade from the standard "old" 80GB model.
We're just well... not too sold on the Slim redesign yet. Perhaps we've become too accustomed to that shiny, bloated gloss body that we totally forgot how cheap plastic felt like? We'll let you guys be the judge.
(Images: Gamestop, Playstation Blog)