Sony's PS3 Slim is already available in pix and with specifications. Two of these are that there is no longer the ability to install another operating system such as Linux, and PS2 compatibility is not included. That said, the sub-£250 price point and the fact that Sony appears to have taken seriously the requirements of its fanbase indicate that some healthy competition above the Wii line is back on.
You can find the full and official details here
. However, a quick look reveals:
- "This product is not compatible with PlayStation 2 games."
- "256MB XDR Main RAM, 256MB GDDR3 VRAM."
- "Users will need to use the separately sold 'Vertical Stand' to set the new PS3 in vertical position."
- "The new PS3 system will focus on delivering games and other entertainment content, and users will not be able to install other Operating Systems to the new PS3 system."
- "The new PS3 system is also equipped with the BRAVIA Sync feature. By connecting the new PS3 system and a BRAVIA TV with the HDMI cable, users are able to directly operate the XMB on PS3 using the TV remote control. Other functions include ?System Standby? that will automatically turn off the PS3 system when the BRAVIA TV is turned off."
- "The internal design architecture of the new PS3 system, from the main semiconductors and power supply unit to the cooling mechanism, has been completely redesigned, achieving a much slimmer and lighter body."
- "Concurrently with the release of the new PS3 system, SCE will modify the PS3 brand name from 'PLAYSTATION 3 to 'PlayStation 3'."
We'll be delving into these in more depth later this week.