Timing is everything and everything is Christmas. Or at least that’s the way Sony looks at it after Tuesday’s rollout of the PlayStation 3 Slim with it’s beefier storage capacity and trimmed design.
The new model offers a number of things that are different: 32 percent smaller footprint, 34 percent less power, a 120GB hard drive that’s hot swappable with any 2.5-inch SATA drive (hooray!), and a Blu-ray player. Online multiplayer is included along with a faster, one gigabyte Ethernet port (a big jump from 100Mb on previous models). It keeps its HDMI and optical digital audio output, built-in Wi-Fi and dual USB ports.
It’ll be available in September, but Amazon is taking pre-orders as we speak. Merry Christmas.