Sony Unveils Another Slim PlayStation 3 Console, Still Mum on PS4

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xXSINS OF WARXx

SONY please stop. This useless attempt to bring back life into the PS3 is just sad. Sony just isn't the big "powerhouse" they used to be or thought they were anymore. IMO, they need to leave the prehistoric, legacy hardware they call a console alone and focus their attention on PS4 and or making better PS3 exclusive games, which is what made the PS2 so much more popular and interesting. Eveyone is tired of GAY OF DUTY already... which is why my PS3 and 360 have been collecting dust for over a year now. I'd rather play Diablo 3 ;)

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kixofmyg0t

Diablo 3? LOL.

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xXSINS OF WARXx

I was being ironic, yet sarcastic... *sigh*

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jedisamurai

As a person who owns all three major systems (as well as a pc and a gajillion old systems besides) I see advantages and disadvantages to every system. I use by PS3 to play Blu rays mostly, and also use it to play a couple of exclusive games (Valkyria Chronicles for the most part). If I want to play PS1 games I play on my PS2 for the most part (unless I can buy the game for cheaper on PSN and then I play on my PS3; R-Type Delta, Grandia). I use my 360 for dvds and almost all gaming for a number of reasons (rechargeable batteries, superior interface, better remote control, better DVD playback, better backward compatibility, better downloadable games multiple drives with the HD-DVD drive expansion {so I can have a game in one disc drive and a DVD in the other}). I use the Wii for Virtual Console and a few killer apps (Red Steel 2 and Trauma Center). I use my PC for free to play MMOS, Strategy games, and retro gaming. All have their uses.

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vrmlbasic

I'd love to revisit some of my old PS2 games, but I no longer have a device to which composite/S-Video plugs can be connected. The PS2 wasn't prepared for the digital video age in which we now live.

Seriously, only a few of my displays even have component input, most are monitors with only the DVI/HDMI/VGA offerings. I don't even have component plugs for my PS2.

The PS3 could have helped us out there, with its HDMI connection.

The idea that I could have only one console hooked up and play all the games for both it and its previous iterations was pretty spiffy, and when they killed that, they killed my hopes for the PS3 and my convenient ability to play any and all PS2 games as I saw fit.

Thanks for dropping that ball Sony.

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Buckock

Yes you can play PS2 games. You can download the "driver" off the Playstation network....

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Peanut Fox

That's not correct. Slim consoles cannot play PS2 games from the disc.

Some PS3s can play PS2 games because they actually have the hardware components inside them, some of them do it through software emulation. All of the ones that can are the old PS3 "Phat" versions, and are all discontinued.

The only native PS2 games that can be played on Slim units is the small handful available through the PSN store that work through emulation. Not all of them play well either.

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Peanut Fox

I find it strange that this refresh is priced higher than the current one. I'd think they would want to get the price down to look more appealing next to the WiiU.

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xs0u1x

after 6 years these consoles should be priced $100 cheaper than their current price IMHO.

I just don't see it as a good investment gaming wise to get a console again. The range of features offered, you can find an alternative for cheaper now a days.

I think i'll just wait for the next generation to get a console again.

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jgottberg

If nothing else, it makes for a great HTPC - it streams Hulu, Netflix, Vudu, etc.. It also plays back ripped DVDs/BluRays from my PC. If you can get a used PS3, it's the best bargain out there for this purpose alone... and oh yeah, it also plays some pretty good games (and free multiplayer at that).

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froggz

I bought a core 3 asus laptop on craigslist for $200. Hooked it up to a usb hauppauge cablecard tuner($120), running win7 mediacenter. THAT`S a great HTPC. Sony decided to install drm on one of their updates that prevents certain movies from being played from a file. The movie plays fine for a few minutes, then the sound its turned off. Google PS3 cinavia, for more info. I bought a PS3 for the main reason to use it a HTPC and it turns out it cant even do that right. Leave it up to Sony to screw something up that should have been left alone.

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jgottberg

Yeah... I just ran into that. I was thinking it was the decrypter I was using and was going to try another before getting totally twisted about it. Ugh... Still, the other uses it has outweigh shitcanning it altogether, at least for me.

And before anyone tries to virtually slap my wrists for burning movies to my hard drive... I paid for them. I just wanted a more convenient way to play them without always throwing a disc in.

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froggz

I agree 100% percent. It has great games and the e-store is not so bad. So shitcanning it was not an option for me either. It just so dissapointing that Sony limits the PS3 with such garbage for no other reason than greed. I bought a WD mediaplayer prior to going full out pc mediaplayer and that little box is awesome. It plays every movie format conceivable to man, so that's an option for you to continue playing your ripped movies.

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jgottberg

Nice! I've heard a lot of good things about the WD mediaplayers. I'll check one out.

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Astrognome

Will it play ps2 games?

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Valor958

No, and that is exactly the reason why I absolutely 100% refuse to buy a PS3. There are a lot more better games for the PS2 than the PS3 (IMHO) and to have ZERO Access to them because they claim they can't emulate their almost decade old Emotion Engine... I call BS on that. My PC could emulate the Emotion Engine circa 2005 when I started exploring PS2 Roms... and Sony expects us to buy that excuse? The only one of my friends to own a PS3, owns it because it was a gift... none of my friends actually PAID for a PS3.
Now, get a PS3 (aside from the 1st gen release that are impossible to come by...) to play PS2 games and I'll buy one tomorrow.

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Buckock

You dont need any special chip to play PS2 games on your PS3. You can download the drivers right off the PS3 Network. The fact that your PS3 can play DVD's alone should have been an indication it can play PS2 games. It just needs the drivers.....

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Buckock

edited due to duplicate post

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Peanut Fox

PS2 emulation even on a PC isn't even close to 1 to 1 today, let alone back in 05. The fact that Sony can do any level of PS2 emulation using the limited hardware on the PS3 is a feat itself.

Much like you I also don't own a PS3 due to the removal of backwards compatibility.

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Incognito

I have a first gen PS3 and while it's great that it can play both PS1 & PS2 games, the downside is that it sounds like a jet is flying through the living room while using it. My sons second gen PS3 is quiet as a mouse even after hours of playing a game. Frankly, I never utilize the ability to play PS1 & PS2 games, and I doubt many others do either. I do agree with you that Sony could add it to the current PS3's through software emulation and are just being asshats.

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Clavo_PR

It sounds like a jet, I would change the thermal paste on the CPU and GPU before it dies. I did on mine and now plays silent.

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limitbreaker

For the ps3 to emulate a ps2 in a clean way would require a lot more power to do so. They dont want to add a feature that will generate more complaints to add than to leave without but i really hope that the ps4 will atleast support it with full emulation a it will be far more capable than the ps3 and it's one spe core.

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Clavo_PR

Probably will not support it. The original PS3 had a chip for this and Sony decided to not use it in future consoles for 2 reasons.

1) It cost money and they wanted to compete with the cheap Xbox360.
2) People were not buying games just recycling their PS2 games.

Since Sony was selling the console with loss and hoping to make the money back in games it was hurting their bottom line to much so a business decision had to be made get rid of the chip and make money or satisfy our customer's. We all know what was the result.

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vrmlbasic

+1.

Sony seems to almost pride itself as a company in screwing over the customer. Tragic.

I can't imagine that when the PS3 released, and especially now with this new PS3 release, that the low-grade hardware from the last _century_ that was featured in the PS2 would be too expensive to include in the PS3 if they truly desired to do so.

For the price that they're charging for this new PS3 rehash, with no known massive upgrade (unlike the Xbox360 slim) they should be giving us PS2 compatibility.

Shoot, I can't even really hook my PS2 up to any modern monitor/TV I have as my PS2 only has composite and S-Video plugs. There were component plugs for the PS2, if memory serves, but I never got them and they wouldn't much help me.

The PS3 plugs into my modern HDMI ports just fine. Thx Sony for depriving me :(

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captainjack

hmm. I'm now going to have to examine the selling market for 1st gen ps3's. I'm gonna need some cash for the ps4 eventually!

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limitbreaker

That's a lot of hate.. Ps3 remains the best console as of yet no matter how Much you hate it. It is by far the lesser evil compared to Microsoft while being up far more advanced than nintendo.

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Maggard

You can download them to your hard drive from the Playstation Store (you don't need a Playstation Pass to do this). It's how I play Riven, Final Fantasy VII, and even Golden Axe on my PS3.

I now fully expect you to go out any buy one.

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Valor958

Depends on the library available :P
Though I loved FF7, I memorized the whole game and can't play it anymore lol.
Good to know they have that option, but it doesn't help for the games I've already purchased and have on disc. >.<

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