It's been a big day for Sony: Today at the Gamescom Expo in Germany, Sony officially announced the new, svelte PS3 Slim, as well as an immediate price break for current systems on store shelves, and some tasty details about the forthcoming firmware 3.0 update.
Over the past few days and weeks, unconfirmed rumors about the PS3 Slim and details about a PS3 price cut have been circulating around the web with no response either way coming from Sony. Turns out the rumors were true, as Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Kaz Hirai took the wraps off the mystery machine today, showing off the new hardware model due to hit stores in September at $299, as well as chopping $100 off the models currently on store shelves. The current PS3 model is available at retailers for the lower price right now.
The sleek new model will be 34% more energy efficient and a third smaller than the outgoing model. The PS3 Slim will include a 120GB hard drive and a pair of USB ports on the front. It will lose the ability to install other operating systems on the console, and just like more recent models, it is not backwards compatible with PlayStation 2 or original PlayStation software.
The other good news Sony revealed today comes in the form of details about the soon-to-be-released PS3 firmware 3.0. Expect avatars just like Xbox Live, an easier-to-navigate cross media bar interface, animated themes, a "What's New" information center replacing the Info Board, and various other tweaks and enhancements.
So, for all of you still on the fence about picking up a PS3, is this enough to push you over the line?