With the confirmation of the existence of a 'Super Slim' PS3, it begs the question why have Sony bothered to release a 16GB model of a console that is known for needing a lot of space to install games? Perhaps Gaikai is the reason?
Its kind of crazy if it really is a 16GB PS3 but whatever... Good for starters and those whom don't mind adding a bigger HDD.
Yea you could just get a new HDD for cheap.
I know some guys who don't know about HDD at all maybe good for them :)
This will be aimed at the more 'casual' gamers, where with the more 'casual' games don't need big game patches, or tend to install to the HDD. Look at the 4GB Xbox, that's 4 times less the amount of memory, and that hasn't done too bad
Depending what you use it for, if you use it as a 3d blu ray player and occasionally Game ,its a great idea I think
Just wait for a PS4.
Speculation, speculation!! It's feckin simple economics dodo...Sony need to sell more hardware, and making a cheaper PS3 makes sense now as the console is nearing the end of its cycle... Yes Gaikai will come into play & it's a nice entry level for slow to adopt hardware buyers on a tight budget.. You only have to look back historically...they did the same with PS1, PS2 and now PS3...Sony are gearing up for PS4.... I don't know if this site is begging for hits or are really a bunch of dumb ass's....?
Its an opinion piece, it also clearly states the other reasons for why Sony have done it, it's more about how Gaikai could be arriving sooner than we think and the 16GB model is the entry level. I think you kinda missed the point of the article. Also, this is the first time any console manufacturer has redesigned their hardware twice in the same generation, and it isn't going onto market until more Slims sell through so there is room for it on the market - so Sony's aim isn't just to sell a lot more hardware, even though that is clearly something they want to do too.
"It's feckin simple economics dodo...Sony need to sell more hardware, and making a cheaper PS3 makes sense now as the console is nearing the end of its cycle..." Well, it's pretty simple can Sony afford to take a massive loss to gain marketshare this late in the cycle? Probably not when Sony themselves are in deep financial dodo! So a $149 PS3 is unlikely, because at the last price drop they barely broke even excluding certain cost associated with retail. Sony might go a tad below $199 for the cheapest PS3, but a $149 PS3 is too far fetched. Sony's stock is already at a 30-year low, what would happen if they posted continued major losses in one of their better divisions?
I dont mind a 16gb as long as you can still put a HDD in it. If you cant the yeah, i think its pretty silly and shouldnt do it.
Yeah it appears to still have the same slot on the front that the current slim model has. Mind you, it's not as simple as it is on the Xbox 360 to change/upgrade, so it's unlikely your average Joe will know what to do - especially if you still have to do all that firmware gubbins.
Changing the HDD isnt hard at all, about as difficult as undoing a few screws and putting a VHS in a VCR. Joe could do it, he probably just doesnt know it can be done, but if he doesnt know that he probably doesnt know 16gb is too small either. Like I said, Im in favour of a small, cheap model, as long as its upgradeable. I might get one myself since I've never owned a slim Playstation in 3 gens.
Yeah it's really easy to do, and it tells you in the PS3 manual + on the website, but after having worked at GameStation and having to deal with the general public who dont really play games 24/7, many of them were flummoxed - even put off by the idea of - putting a bigger or new hard drive inside a 360, and both iterations of the 360 are painfully easy to put a HDD inside, the PS3 isn't. Thats enough to put off over 50% of consumers, many will buy it and never upgrade the internal memory. As you say though, if he doesn't know then he's probably happy with the 16GB - that is until he realises 4 games later his PS3 is full. But again, as the article was suggesting, it could well be the foundation for a Gaikai spun console. I was contemplating picking up a 500gb one, but I've got a slim already + not the space for a non slot-loading/disc tray device.
An opinion is based on fact...not speculative theoretical guess work....and I did not miss the point.... Are you seriously saying to me Sony needed a hardware revision to usher in Gaikai services?? ..c'mon...think!! And what the hell has Sony being the only hardware co. to revise hardware twice in it's life cycle....? I think Nintendo has revised more hardware than any other co. Gameboy, GBA etc.... Never assume to tell me or anyone what I/they missed in any article, since words are open to personal interpretation... Did you co-write this article ..... *Kidding, i'm not that rude :)
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