By Frank Ling


The first PS3 was introduced in 2006 and retailed for the unheard of price of $599. The price tag was just too much for some, while others said the new video game machine resembled a large kitchen appliance.

But it’s now six years later and the “phat” version of the PS3 has undergone several transformations. The latest one is a new “slim” model. We’ll take a look at the new version of the PS3 and see how it stacks up against its predecessors.

Born to be wild
The original PS3 had a 60GB hard drive onboard, but with the new PS3 Slim, the onboard storage has expanded to include two different configurations: the 250GB and 500GB version. In addition, the new PS3 Slim has a new form factor that is 25% smaller than the current PS3.

The design of the outer case is very sleek and futuristic looking and does away with the DVD slot in favor of a traditional DVD tray. The look of the new PS3 should fit in well with any entertainment or game room.

What inside?
In addition to the increased storage capacity, the new PS3 Slim will feature 12GB of flash memory, 2 USB (2.0) ports, 1-HDMI port, AV Multi Out connector, 1-Digital out optical connector, full HD graphics, Cell Broadband Engine CPU, RSX GPU, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and wireless controller support.

The new PS3 Super Slim will be available in two colors: charcoal black and classic white. The 250GB model with retail for $269.99 and the 500GB version will be priced at $299.

Special packages
The PS3 250GB and 500GB models are currently being sold with special bundles for a limited time. The 250GB PS3 comes with Uncharted 3: Game of the Year with over $45 in bonus content plus Dust 514--a PlayStation Network online exclusive game. The 500GB model comes with the game Assassin’s Creed III.

For those who haven’t jumped on the PS3 bandwagon or are looking for a replacement for their older PS3 machines, the new PS3 Super Slim model is something to definitely consider. Which configuration should you buy? For just $30 more, the 500GB model looks like the best deal.

Frank Ling is the National Technology Examiner for He is a writer, professional photographer, and video editor. One of his all-time favorite jobs was working at a large video game publisher as a QA trainer for testing game software.

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