PlayStation 3 Super Slim isn't worth the upgrade | VentureBeat

Sony just released its fifth iteration of the PlayStation 3 game console (affectionately named the “Super Slim.”) This new version is basically the same as the original PS3 that debuted in 2006 and is almost technologically identical to the Slim that hit stores in 2009, though it is not backwards compatible for PlayStation 2 titles. Sony will offer three models of the Super Slim: the 250GB (of internal storage) model ($270, tested in this review), the 500GB model ($300, due out Oct. 30 in North America, and currently available in Europe and Japan), and a 12GB Flash memory-only model that’s only available in Europe.

So, how is the Super Slim? It’s ugly and clunky, but it might have a redeeming quality or two.

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GribbleGrunger3505d ago

Tell that to the thousands of people who are buying it in Europe

Tolkoto3505d ago

What does that have to do with anything?

GribbleGrunger3505d ago

That's a bit of an odd question.

Clearly thousands of Europeans think it's worth buying... I don't think it's that difficult to put the two and two together here.

LOGICWINS3505d ago

^^And millions rebuy iphones with minor upgrades on a yearly basis. Just because a lot of people do something doesn't make what their doing valid/logical.

morganfell3505d ago

The difference in this instance is people can buy the new model of PS3 because they choose to do so. They do not have to make a purchase because previous versions of the console kept dying and they were forced to pay for a new model in order to have a modicum of reliability.

LOGICWINS3505d ago

^^ In both cases, you aren't forced to rebuy anything. If your console breaks, whose putting a gun to your head to rebuy it?

darthv723505d ago (Edited 3505d ago )

would "upgrade" be the right term to use?

i would classify it as a variant. neither upgrade nor downgrade but simply a variant.

@morgan. So if somebody's fat ps3 died and they bought the slim ps3 and it died and then oh...see the trend?

Anon19743505d ago

I'm with darth on this one. These guys are clearly missing the point. This isn't an "upgrade", it's a hardware revision to save money on Sony's end.

These guys make it sound like this is the first time we've ever seen a company issue a hardware revision to save production costs without changing much of anything feature wise.

sikbeta3505d ago (Edited 3505d ago )


Got proof on that? if you know about sales, it could be that people are buying the V1 Slim before the new model replaces it, but that's only if you have something that proves your claim.


New model is a downgrade, I'd have no problems with that IF the price was Cheaper.

mewhy323504d ago

Let's see...I have an 'old' slim and it works fine. Would it be wise for me to go buy this, 'super' slim for 299.99 that doesn't do ANYTHING my 'old' slim can't do????? NO! Wow it amazes me how willing people are to just through their money at things. If you don't have a ps3 then this by all means get one. If you only have the FAT ps3 then get one. Otherwise you're just wasting your money to on this thing. Don't do it. Use you money on games.

monkey nuts3504d ago

The 12g model is only £158.99 in the uk. Which is as cheap as chips. Gold leaf chips obviously, you get the point.......

Yi-Long3504d ago

... and I'm very much hoping that I'll still be able to buy the 'old' slim (hopefully in Candy Blue), instead of the new ugly Super-Slim.

darthv723504d ago

you are correct in your assessment. If you have one that works then there is no 'need' to get one. There can still be 'want' however.

Like if someone is a collector and is looking to have a version of each model released. While i am a gamer at heart, i am such a collector. This one i will wait on as my thing now is retro systems.

I have amassed quite the collection of variants for the sega, and nintendo systems. it is my personal choice to do so but i know i'm not alone in the hardcore collecting world.

Syntax-Error3504d ago

So I can't get the inexpensive model because Sony shuts out NA to it? Wow, that speaks volumes

Rush3504d ago (Edited 3504d ago )

Man this playstation upgrade mentality is so backwards...

Original PS3, Big super car premium build materials chrome trimmings all the options, costs a ton to produce sold at a loss but great value for money. Power steering (heat sensitive buttons) and automatic doors.

Old PS3 slim, Sports car good build quality less quality materials, most of the options, power steering removed although still with automatic doors. Smaller profile and more fuel efficient.

New PS3 slim, Hatchback decent build quality, lower quality materials. Similar options to a sports car with power steering and automatic doors removed. Smaller profile again, more fuel efficiency.

Unless size is a key deciding factor, why on hell would I downgrade my PS3 "Fat" to a hatchback with manual clip door instead of an automated one. An argument could be made for the old PS3 slim having a more premium design (not build) from the fat one. But am sorry the new PS3 is fisher-price compared to the original

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jamezrp3505d ago

They can get the last-gen Slim with a 320GB drive. That way their house doesn't lose retail value and they have a proper disc tray.

StreetsofRage3505d ago

Well their are a lot of suckers in this world.

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Gridloc3505d ago

Exactly. How many 4GB Xboxs have been sold? How many Kinects? Yep, suckers born every day.

kma2k3504d ago

Not all 4gb 360 were bought by suckers. I got one and bought a used 360hdd from eBay and a case from amazon and have a 360 with an OEM HDD for cheap

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Tolkoto3505d ago

Thousands of people buy all sorts of dumb products. You know how many shake weights have been sold?

I don't own a PS3 super slim, so I can't speak for its quality, but you can't base it off of sales.

Hellsvacancy3504d ago (Edited 3504d ago )

I know, check this women out

Some people out there dont even know WHY they buy stuff

kwyjibo3505d ago

I really doubt the buyers are "upgrading". They're going to be people buying it new.

ZombieKiller3505d ago

Personally, if you have a working PS3, there is no reason to buy another. I had a 60gb that has the start of the YLOD (the RSX is starting to disconnect from the motherboard) so I bought a slim and i felt that the original is just way better. Apart from the BC, it just seems to run alot smoother for me, less buggy too (I don't know how but ok).

If it isn't broken, why fix it.

wastedcells3505d ago (Edited 3505d ago )

Dont get why you would upgrade if you have a perfectly fine ps3 already. I get why you would buy it if you didn't have a ps3, I know I would but this article seems pointless. People don't need a website to tell them if they should upgrade or not. If you want something you buy it because you want it, especially when it comes to a new console redesign.

Knushwood Butt3504d ago

I actually pretty much agree with darthv.

This isn't really an upgrade, and nobody is pitching it as an upgrade either.

There are some benefits (larger HDD, smaller form factor, lower power consumption, supposedly quieter than previous models) and also some cons (sliding top loader drive may not be to everyone's taste, personally I like my current slim better, build quality may feel a bit cheaper).

Wuu3504d ago

Yeh, sealing my Xbox and buying some sweat slim PS3. Will pump it full with free games from PlayStation +

Conzul3504d ago

You mean "sweet".
"Sweat" is what drips down your brow while you're playing God of War on the highest difficulty level.

morkendo233504d ago

If phat ps3 isn't broken, why fix it.

Tsar4ever013503d ago

I don't know why this reviewer keeps referring the PS3 slim .v2 as in UPGRADE, I think a better word should be UPDATE. In term of hardware quality expenses, the orig PS3/K. Kutaragi version is still of the highest HW quality and most expensive to build, which is why they made ALL these cheaper versions over the years with removed parts(*EE+GS chips, multi-SD card slots, 2 usb slots) & capabilities(*Linux support, OS changes) here and there.

These PS3 "UPDATES", not upgrades, was never for the expense of the consumer, it was for expense of Sony. This is why they won't lower the cost. Build and cheaper console & not change the cost and the profit margins would much better.

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GamerElite3505d ago

But will this new model blend ? The age old question

jamezrp3505d ago

Find me a big enough blender good sir, and I shall find out!

IQUITN4G3505d ago (Edited 3505d ago )

There's no denying it looks good on the box but getting up close reveals it's not quite so grand. Word of mouth will likely play it's part in how well it continues to sell after the spike

Not that it matters anyway if you just want to play games on it but yes both previous versions are gorgeous in comparison

BitbyDeath3505d ago

Shouldn't this be marked as opinion?