12GB PlayStation 3 Slim Emerges for $200, Half the Price of a PS4

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RtDK

Technically, the PS4 and XB1 would be "current gen" consoles. Wii U HAS been out for almost a year now.

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jgottberg

For being out a year, I still don't know anyone that owns one. I would think that a year later, I'd be hearing more about the system... Or maybe I just need more friends. lol

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vrmlbasic

I don't buy into this "Wii U is in its own generation" concept, just as I don't buy into the notion that the PS2 and Dreamcast were in their own generation, separate from that of the Xbox and the GameCube (ie:the last real game console).

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vrmlbasic

Can this slim PS3 have its hard drive easily upgraded? 12 GB is pathetic: I have the 20 GB on my 360 and, when I still used my 360, that was hardly enough space for a single game (DVD image + DLC + Saves)!

I am disappointed that Sony is really pushing its PS3s as I am taking that to mean that they intend to heavily support the console for a fair while to come and that will mean that games will not take full advantage of the PS4 for even longer, I believe. If that happens then it will take even longer for games to come out that can come close to taxing even the PC hardware of yesteryear.

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j_j_montez

It's tempting. I always appreciated Sony's willingness to let the consumer use any standard drive, compared to Microsoft's proprietary drives. I originally thought it would have been the other way around. I don't own either of them now, but this $200 PS3 might be a good starting point.

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jedisamurai

How about 120GB with SSD instead of a hard drive?

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jgottberg

For the hell of it (We ARE Maximum, right? lol) I installed a 128GB SSD in my PS3 but I really didn't see much of a performance increase at all. I'm guessing the PS3 uses an older SATA controller that is pre-SSD. Aside from that, I can't imagine the OS support TRIM so the drive isn't going to last nearly as long either.

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Gauntylgrym

Is this for real? 12GB, not 120GB? What the freak are you gonna do with 12GB? Heck, even 120GB is not really enough...but 12!?

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tom_m

You'd run your games solely off the Blu-ray disk (which isn't possible with a number of games). However, the PS3 will take pretty much any standard 2.5-inch SATA drive, up to one terabyte in size -- including SSDs. It'll also work with an external 3.5-inch drive, via USB.