Japanese retailers are claiming that an updated SKU of the Playstation 3 hardware will drop an extra 200g from its total weight
No details have been given on what's changed to get the system lighter, but AndriaSang report the change has something to do with a new PS3 model number CECH-2000A to CECH-2100A. This corroborates stories earlier in the month which saw Sony file two new SKUs to the FCC..
Sony's filed two new PS3 SKUs to the FCC, hinting perhaps at a fresher version of the PS3 Slim
The filing - listed under Sony's secret alias The Sand Dollar Enterprise - reveals two new hardware SKUs listed as CECH-2101A and CECH-2101B. As Engadget point out, the the alphabetical difference points towards the different hard-drive sizes. Apparently the SKUs are identical to current hardware,..
According to retailer and reader votes in Japan's super-gaming Bible, Famitsu, the relaunch of the Playstation 3 in September was the biggest gaming story of 2009, with Final Fantasy XIII's release date and PSP Go's announcement all filling out spots in the top five
We can't disagree with the PS3 Slim's announcement; Sony's effective platform relaunch has propelled the Playstation into a much more..
When the PS3 Slim launched, many expected the Playstation 3 to lead the charts for a couple of weeks and then drop away
But Sony's HD system has held onto its place at the top of the Japanese charts, even managing to beat out Nintendo's DSi this week. Combined sales of the PSP and PSPgo also managed to beat out Nintendo's handheld system for the week. PlayStation 3 48,925 DSi 37,421 PSP ..
If you're American and still without a Playstation 3, well it's worth noting that Sony released the 250GB PS3 Slim in your region yesterday
The new PS3 Slim does all the normal stuff a PS3 does, but with a 130GB more hard-drive space to play around with. It's only $50 more than the standard system too — so you're getting over double the HDD space for just a few extra dollars. It's a great deal..
American retailers GameStop have announced that the Playstation 3 continues to sell extremely well post-price cut
According to executive vice president Tony Bartel, momentum for the system has remained strong since the price cut in early September. Usually price cuts cause a strong spike in sales, before dropping away. Sounds like the Playstation 3 is bucking that trend. Bartel confirmed to..
Sony's console continues to conquer around the world
According to Sony, the Playstation 3 sold "in excess of 60,000 units" since the PS3 Slim was launched on September 3rd, outselling both the XBOX 360 and the Wii. So chalk that down as another victory then.
The September NPDs are out
Cue fanboy fights across the world. As expected, the PS3 Slim managed to dominate competition, selling nearly 150,000 more units than closest competitor the XBOX 360, while coming just 32,000 units short of the market leading Nintendo DS. Playstation 3 sales were up nearly double from the previous month, seeing a whopping...
The two SKU Playstation 3 is back
Not the greatest way of keeping things easy for your consumer base, but this 250GB Playstation 3 announced at the price of $349.99 for the US demographic represents outstanding value for money. You're essentially getting 130GB for $50. It's, like, totally up to you whether you think you'd use that extra space (we probably would) and thus we think that's what Sony..
Well it's been a long, long time coming, but we're finally posting about Playstation 3 topping sales charts with some conviction
According to predictions from EEDAR analyst Jesse Divnich, the Playstation 3 will top the American hardware sales charts for the USA with Sony's system occupying 400,000 (blimey!) units in the period. Their data suggests that the Wii and XBOX 360 will round out the chart..
Jack Tretton looks like a man who likes to get things done
And get things done his company have; with a fresh image, massively improved marketing, and the biggest holiday line-up in the console war this holiday, Playstation 3 is enjoying somewhat of a renaissance. Sales are up by enormous numbers globally and Jack Tretton is pretty damn pleased with himself.Skyrocketing sales, couldnt be..
As speculated over the past few weeks, Sony UK have just announced a series of 250GB Playstation 3 bundles due for release in the UK
Following the great success of the new, smaller, 120GB PS3, which sold over 1m units in its first three weeks on sale, the 250GB model has the same hardware specifications as the current model, but with greater storage space, to offer consumers even more choice,..
Remember when the PS3 Slim was announced and everyone thought it was a big deal? Yeah, here's why -- just three weeks since launch, the new Playstation 3 has gone on to sell a whopping one million systems worldwide
That's based on internal estimates but we're likely to see corroboration of those estimates later in the year. They're pretty big numbers for Sony who will hope to keep the initiative..
The website backbone behind publications such as gamesTM, NowGamer, reckon they have had an anonymous tip-off regarding the release of the rumoured 250GB Playstation 3 hardware bundles
In a move to once again confuse the average consumer, the "high-end" 250GB Playstation 3 will likely launch bundled with either Need For Speed Shift or FIFA 10 based on information we received earlier this..
Those sneaky spies over at Engadget have discovered a tasty morsel of information
Namely a Playstation 3 (Slim) bundle including Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and a beefed up 250GB hard-drive. Ooooh. Sony America are completely denying the bundle, but that doesn't rule out the new box in Europe, particularly the UK where Uncharted 2, Assassin's Creed and Gran Turismo 5 bundles have been rumoured in..
Playstation 3 sales are on the rise
We would take the time to find all the links to articles we've posted involving sales figures recently but, hey, you can probably find all those stories here. Fact is: Playstation 3, going like hot-cakes. What happens when things sell fast? They sell out. Analyst Arvind Bhatia reckons that the strong sales of the PS3 could mean shortages by the end of September..
With Microsoft putting their collective energy into marking the release of Modern Warfare 2 with a complete XBOX 360 bundle, Sony are remaining tight-lipped on whether they intend to do something similar for the Playstation 3
With Sony expected to keep the current 120GB PS3 Slim bundle-less for the forseeable future, rumours are mounting of a holiday 250GB console with games bundled. Speaking with..
We knew that the launch of the PS3 Slim was going to result in big sales for the PS3 Slim
But nothing says domination better than Kotaku's pie chart. That big angry red Pacman — that's Sony completely annihilating the Japanese sales charts. With over 150,000 units sold in the first week of the PS3 Slim, we're carefully anticipating what kind of week-on-week boost Sony's newly priced hardware will..
The PS3 Slim is shifting units! Lots of units in fact. So many units that sales in the UK have increased by a whopping 999% since the Slim was introduced. So put it this way if Sony were selling 1,000 PS3s a week pre-Slim, they're now selling 9,999 units a week. Blimey. Did we get our maths right? We're not quite sure actually. Can someone confirm with a decent example? Ta.
If you're having difficulty finding Uncharted unplayable due to the Firmware 3
0 then fear not. Sony are looking deeply into the problem."Rest assured that we are looking into the matter and will provide an update here as soon as possible," Sony's Patrick Seybold wrote. "We apologize for any inconvenience, as it's our mission to deliver the best consumer experience on all PlayStation..
This is why it was imperative the PS3 Slim didn't leak onto the Internet any more before it's official announcement at GamesCom
Japanese sales of the PS3 for the week before the Slim's Eastern launch slumped to a terrible 1,040 units. That's a mere 10% of what the console usually pushes. Of course, Sony will be expecting massive sales in Japan for the week following its release, and given the..
Japan might have had to wait a few extra days for their PS3 Slims, but it's not making them any the less keen
As proven by this set of images straight from the streets of Japan, where eager gamers are queueing to pick up their PS3 Slim. The Playstation 3 has sold abysmally for the past three weeks in Japan due to stock shortages and other issues. It's looking like that's not going to be a problem..
It feels like Christmas here in the Pushsquare office (namely because it's Sammy's birthday - Ed) as we've just picked up, unwrapped and setup our shiny new PS3 Slim. Our humble city saw three PS3 Slim sales this morning, so hopefully that bodes well for the rest of Europe and the UK where the PS3 Slim has launched today! The best way to describe the system is the "cute"..
What's going on? Fancy getting your hands on a shiny new Playstation 3 Slim. Well now's your chance, because the PS3 Slim is now officially available across Europe. The USA already have their hands on systems over the pond, Japan has to wait a couple more days, but Europe your time is now. Interestingly, we're not actually at the computer typing this. No, the magic of the Internet,..
Playstation Home is getting lots of goodies
The Playstation.Blog are promising 100 new items to spend your cash on from tomorrow, including t-shirts, glow-sticks (really!) and the new Visari Throne Room apartment. Purchasing the apartment alone gains you access to over 70 items to direct your space with. Note SCEA's new promotional campaign at the end of the trailer. "It Only Does..
Square Enix don't think the PS3 price cut will make much of a difference this year
But next year, boy are they expecting changes."In terms of the impact (the PS3 cut) will have on this financial year's earnings, I don't think there will be a major difference," explained Squeenix big-wig Yoichi Wada. "But I expect there to be a big impact from next year."</blockquote> Of..
If you live in America then you might want to know that stores all around you are stocking the new PS3 Slim
Like right now. Just one week after the system was announced. It's amazing work by Sony. Many consider the PS3 Slim a poorly kept secret like the PSP Go, but at the end of the day, we only had a few bits and bobs of rumour to catch onto. Sony must have had these things hidden away somewhere..
The hot topic on the lips of the NeoGAF message board yesterday was - "has anyone taken apart the PS3 Slim yet?"
GAF, your prayers have been answered. This is what the thing looks like under the hood. The biggest parts appear to the be the fan and the Blu-Ray drive. Take note though, despite having a generous sized fan (to actually y'know, keep it cool), early adopters in the US are stating that..
So, here's the thing
You might have recently bought a Playstation 3 Phat. You might then have heard about the Slim and decided you want that instead. What you gonna do? Well apparently in America you can just take that system right back to where you bought it and exchange it. But for obvious reasons, big retailers like Best Buy don't want you to do that. Instead, memos circling stores are..
Sony are preparing to spend lots of money
You know when they said that 2009 was going to be their most aggressive holiday season yet. They bloody meant it. Sony have set aside a whopping £82Million ($134,388,496.78US) to promote the PS3 Slim across Europe. As reported by the Guardian the new campaign will be a massive change from Sony's traditional marketing campaigns. Instead of focusing on..
Looks like Amazon
com have sold out</a> of their allotted PS3 Slim pre-order units. Visiting the page right now brings up the usual box for over ordered video game hardware:Order now and we'll deliver when available. We'll e-mail you with an estimated delivery date as soon as we have more information. Your account will only be charged when we ship the item."</blockquote> Sony..
Playstation Network operations director, Eric Lempel, says that the last major Playstation 3 firmware update this year will be 3
0:"You know, I wouldn't say that or sure just yet because we are working on some things," Lempel told G4. "But this is a big and significant update, so you would be correct to assume that [it's the last major update for 2009]."</blockquote> The..
If Sony are going to bonkers commercials anywhere, we'd prefer they did it in Japan
Here in the West we're hoping to see a pretty basic Apple-esque campaign for Sony's new PS3 Slim system. In Japan, they're running the PlayFace.jp campaign. In many way it's actually quite a clever campaign. We all pull different faces while playing games. Of course they're exaggerated in these set of ads, but Sony..
The Playstation 3 fell to the very pit of the Japanese charts this week after stock shortages and impending rumours of the Playstation 3 Slim
Sony are probably going to have to put up with another week of hardware misery as Playstation 3s become increasingly difficult to find around Japan. Of course, Sony will hope that all will end well when the Playstation 3 Slim launches in the coming weeks..
Kotaku are reporting that Japanese retailers are only claiming to be making ¥700 (roughly US$7
40) off each PS3 Slim sold. Apparently the reason for the slim (sigh - Ed) profit margin is because retailers are forced to sell the systems for the "sticker price" by Sony. As time goes on, the costs of making the systems will hopefully go down and allow retailers to make more money off them..
The NPD group, the sales analysts responsible for making Sony's life a misery on a monthly basis, predict the Playstation 3 price drop (and subsequently the PS3 Slim) could cause a 40-60% increase in sales for the platform
"The $299 price point is important to getting to a point where the next segment of price-conscious consumers can jump into the market and it most certainly will re-energize..
Audio is a factor of video game systems that largely gets overlooked
Killzone 2 for example sports some of the most impressive 7.1 surround sound available, largely due to the blu-ray's immense size meaning audio can remain uncompressed. While the PS3 Slim does little new on the performance side of things, audiophiles will be really pleased to know that the Slim will bitstream Dolby TrueHD and..
We posted recently about the possibility of Brish retailer GAME honouring an upgrade deal concerning the trade-in of a Playstation 3 Phat for a cheaper PS3 Slim
We can confirm (via TSA) that GAME will be going ahead with the scheme. Those of you who trade in 40GB PS3s can get a new Slim for £119.99. Likewise, trading in an 80GB will get you a Slim for £109.99 and an original 60GB upgrade will..
Despite Amazon sending out stock warnings yesterday regarding the PS3 Slim, Sony Europe's head honcho Andrew House reckons there will be no shortages of PS3 Slim's come launch
I'm very pleased with how we have managed our inventory system on the existing model, House told MCV. We've done that very well in the European market. There are trucks and trailers leaving right now it's on the..
Sony are to hold a launch party for the PS3 Slim in Hong Kong, starting 6PM August 31st and running right through until past midnight on September 1st
The celebration will mark the launch of Sony's latest system in Causeway Bay, one of Hong Kong's major shopping areas. Apparently there will be umbrellas too.
Here's some ammunition for your haters
Remember when the PS3 had no games? Yeah, that was your ammunition. Remember when the PS3 was too expensive? Yeah, that was your ammunition. Now those things have been rectified though, it's time to bemoan the lack of backwards compatibility. Seriously guys, you better go out and buy the XBOX 360 instead, because we're sure that system lets you play your PS2..
IBM have revealed that the new PS3 Slim carries a revised version of the Cell processor
The electronics giant have confirmed that the Slim's new Cell is "manufactured using an advanced 45-nanometer manufacturing process" that will deliver "many performance improvements while drawing less power than earlier chips". These chips are obviously cheaper to produce and, in part, are..
The Playstation 3 is now pretty much cheaper around the world
It's thanks, in part, to the newly announced PS3 Slim. It's an announcement which Ubisofts Yves Guillemot and Electronic Arts Frank Gibeau are both very, very pleased about."It's exceptional news," Guillemot told GI.biz, "I think the machine is a great machine, with the Blu-ray. I'm happy that they were able to move to..
Sony's Andrew House has confirmed that Sony Europe would "absolutely" slap a £199
99 price-tag on the Playstation 3 Slim if made for "sensible business". Speaking with VG247 during GamesCom, House commented, If we could get to a more aggressive price point within the boundaries of sensible business, absolutely would we wish to do that? Yes, we would.We have to deal with an..
If you're wanting a PS3 Slim in Japan, Sony are going the whole hog to get you to cough up
Discovered by Andriasang, the super bundle "Kidou Senshi Gundam Senki Gundam 30th Anniversary Box" (breathes) includes Namco's upcoming mech-fest Kidou Senshi Gundam Senki, a few download codes for some extra DLC and an animated film in HD. The perfect package right? Oh, note the new branding on the..
With previous SKU overhauls such as the Nintendo DS Lite to DSi, British retailer GAME have done "upgrade" deals, allowing customers to upgrade their older system at a nominal fee
Speaking with our local GAME store's manager today, we've learned that a similar deal is a "possibility" regarding the PS3 Slim."The announcement was only yesterday," said our local GAME store manager..
The new Playstation 3 Slim might omit the functionality of an additional OS install, but those who own Sony Bravia TVs are to get a nice extra slice of functionality from the system
According to Eurogamer's Digital Foundry, the new line of systems can be controlled with a Bravia TV remote. Essentially, those consoles that are plugged into a Sony Bravia via the HDMI port will allow the XMB to be..