CNET Review: Sony PlayStation 3 Slim - 120GB

David Carnoy of CNET writes:

"Needless to say, Sony hopes that a trimmed down--and less expensive--PS3 Slim will similarly invigorate sales of the PlayStation 3, which has lagged behind the Nintendo Wii and the Microsoft Xbox 360 and has taken some of the luster off the PlayStation brand (even as earlier versions of the PS3 received high marks from this publication). To many industry observers, the Slim PS3 represents a moment of reckoning for the PS3--a chance at redemption if you will--and clearly some serious engineering has gone into the creation of Sony's latest black gaming box and media player.

If you're a fan of the PS3 or have been sitting on the fence, waiting for its price to drop to $299, the good news is that from a features standpoint, the 120GB Slim PS3 is nearly identical to the 80GB and the 160GB "fat" PS3 models that Sony's in the process of phasing out. Aside from losing the capability to install another OS (Linux) on your PS3, nothing much else has changed."

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HighDefinition3763d ago (Edited 3763d ago )

No, most likely not.

CNET sucks, period.

LordMarius3763d ago (Edited 3763d ago )


so not bad

"The good: More affordable $299 price; slimmer, more compact design with quieter operation; all games in high-definition; easy-to-use interface; doubles as a Blu-ray and upscaling DVD player; built-in Wi-Fi; 120GB hard drive; HDMI output with 1080p support; no external power supply; built-in Web browser; free online gaming service.

The bad: Lacks backward support for PS2 games; no infrared port means non-Bluetooth universal remotes aren't compatible; online gaming, media, and commerce options still aren't as fully developed as Xbox Live, though they're getting better.

The bottom line: With a smaller design, more energy-efficient operation, lower price tag, and built-in Blu-ray and multimedia capabilities, the PS3 Slim delivers a compelling package for an affordable price. "

Dragun6193763d ago (Edited 3763d ago )

The Bottom Line is that most people are gonna get a PS3 Slim not because of Cnet, but the Impressive Line up that it has this year and the next, along with the fact that it plays blu-ray, Free online, wifi, and a 120gb hard drive for only $299. It's a steal!

meepmoopmeep3763d ago (Edited 3763d ago )


skip the ps3 slim
i'd rather buy a blu-ray playing laptop


sonarus3763d ago

The PS3 slim offers everything the 80GB PS3 offers (-linux installation) which 99% of PS3 owners don't use anyway.

Its not trying to be more than the PS3 its just offering the exact same deal in a smaller more compact size which is a plus because PS3 is HUGE AS FCUK

meepmoopmeep3763d ago

yeah, i don't think linux matters much to most people

raztad3763d ago (Edited 3763d ago )


I know you are being sarcastic, but this is a honest question/comment.

Why just ONE BD player? I got two, my PS3 and my laptop (in fact a BD player/burner). Its just absurd to get a laptop w/o AT LEAST BD playback.


Well, you are looking at BD just as a media/entertainment device. BD is more than that. Just a single BD can keep 25G of data, a two layer one 50G. 10 BDs == 500G HD. BD is perfect for backup/storage needs.

meepmoopmeep3763d ago (Edited 3763d ago )

i don't need blu-ray on my laptop

i have no need for it.
when i watch a movie i want it on big screen with surround sound

i might get myself a slim for a 2nd blu-ray player though.

Trollimite3763d ago (Edited 3763d ago )

your last article on the ps3 prevents me from clicking that link! i want you guys to know that i will never visit your site, nor will i consider any of your other news, negative or positive.

thank you and have a good day!

likedamaster3763d ago

Sony did a great job making that bad girl slimmer. Props to them. That slim is looking more and more appealing.

zok3103763d ago

The review was not biased and to be honest it was very informative.

CWMR3763d ago

-Props to Sony on this. This is exactly what they needed.-

chaosatom3763d ago

CNET = not respectable in my eyes

Ri0tSquad3763d ago (Edited 3763d ago )

Everything else can be solved through firmware updates. Not saying it will happen over night but just technically speaking.

They need to fire whoever wrote that other article.

morganfell3763d ago

@ Trollimite,

Damn straight. They are not getting another click form me. Bubbles.

jammy_703763d ago

it told us wat we need to know :)

Immortal Kaim3763d ago

Am I the only one who thinks the PS3 slim is ugly as sin? I'm glad I have the original in this case, it looks cheaper (even though it is), like the 360...

I can't understand why people are saying they are going to trade in their original units for this.

Guido3763d ago

Why? They have been one of the worst sites for electronics reviews for the past few years now. I hope nobody takes this site seriously. They are a joke no matter what they give any product.

Sarcasm3763d ago

"I can't understand why people are saying they are going to trade in their original units for this. "

Don't know either. HOWEVER, it'd be interesting to see how "cooler" the slim actually runs. If it does run significantly cooler than the current PS3, I might get one. Simply because my room gets too hot after about an hour session with a PS3 game. My fiance complains all the time about it.

Sibs3763d ago

It looks like it runs at 73 watts instead of 110 watts, that should make a big difference.

callahan093763d ago (Edited 3763d ago )

I actually don't agree with their "bad" reasons. Why would they have expected them to put in PS2 BC or an IR sensor when neither version of the PS3 "Fat" currently being produced has those features? I definitely didn't expect it to have those features.

But what really sticks in my craw is the last reason: "online gaming, media, and commerce options still aren't as fully developed as Xbox Live, though they're getting better."

OK, first of all, how are "commerce options" not as fully developed as Xbox Live? I can use my credit card to buy any amount I want, not having to buy a set amount of points like I do on Xbox Live that don't even come in the same increments that games cost! I mean, games on Xbox Live cost increments of 400 points, but you can only buy points in increments of 500, so you always have money left over unless you buy your game via (which is exactly what I did yesterday when I bought Shadow Complex). And you can go out to any number of stores and buy a PlayStation Network card and redeem the code for purchases if you don't have a credit card you can or want to use. How are commerce options not "fully developed"?

And online gaming is remarkable for a free service. You've got games like LittleBigPlanet where Sony hosts over a million user-created levels on-demand. You can play games like Resistance 2 in 30 vs. 30 multiplayer, completely lag-free, with very in-depth stat-tracking and ranking, etc. The online gaming is excellent on the PS3. I prefer having PSN for free than I do Xbox Live for a fee. I was in an Xbox Live party chat yesterday with a few of my friends, in fact, and I found the whole thing pretty annoying. Everybody was interrupting each other and nobody could really get a word in edge-wise because there's too many people trying to say something at once with no way to know when somebody else is just about to open their mouths. Maybe it was just the group I was with and the time of day and the combination of games we were playing, but it wasn't exactly pleasant. I'd love PSN to have cross-game voice chat, between 2 people, and I guess with the right group of people in the party chat, I can see the coolness factor in that, too. But really, that stuff is completely auxiliary to the function of PLAYING GAMES ONLINE, which PSN does perfectly well for free, and it's not worth it to have to pay a fee just to do that, even if that fee includes other functions.

meepmoopmeep3763d ago

true, Blu-ray can be a storage medium

but i assume the write times will be super long
and i could just use/get an external HDD for that

but yeah, it can be good for some people
for me personally i have no need for blu-ray on laptops
and don't even see a point of them being on them.

randomwiz3763d ago

Cnet's going to do a prize fight with ps3 vs 360 as soon as microsoft formally announces a price cut

darthv723763d ago

My review is based on simply what I have seen and what it "MAY" actually be like. First thing about it would be the texture and feel of the unit. It may be slimmer and lighter and in that I am reminded of the 3DO FZ-10. It had the same functionality of the original heavier FZ-1 but felt really really cheap.

There are some advantages to that design but not to someone who has a nice home entertainment center. Something that cheap looking should go in the kids room (which may very well be the target). Best comparison is those cheap dvd players you find at target or walmart for $40. You know the ones I am talking about.

Looks aside, you can bet it offers the same features as the fancy big sibling. That is a definite plus. In most cases when a revision to something is made, sacrifices are made as well. In this case it seems the loss of linux install (big whoop). I find it nice they use a quieter power system but it stikes me as odd that they chose to stray away from the power plug type they have used for so long on other sony related products (ps1,ps2,psp,sony camcorders,etc). In fact the figure 8 shape plug reminds me of the original xbox. I could most likely use the newer xbox power plug that has the built in circuit breaker.

Overall it is nice the price is lower and it really shows. But the physical attributes arent what counts. Its the games and those are stellar.

For functionality alone it gets a 5/5 because it is the same as the original.

Asthetics...I give it a 3/5. It wont look good in my theater system which is why I am happy with my original.

Kaneda3763d ago

the review wasn't bad. He just name missing features and what's good about it. The Price!

Anon19743762d ago

Xbox 360 gets 4/5. PS3 gets 4/5. Wii gets 4/5.

So is Cnet saying all consoles are created equal?

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fuckoffodion3763d ago (Edited 3763d ago )

you already know what this sh!t is. It's just FUD.

now, I'm waiting for GEC to defend this.

edit: I know. he only goes after ps fanboys though. lol

Sunny_D3763d ago

Lol, I was actually thinking the same thing. But I really don't think GEC is a fanboy.

thebudgetgamer3763d ago

but if you compare him the man of th years and shackas of our little community here. hes pretty down the middle.

GiantEnemyCrab3762d ago (Edited 3762d ago )

Well here I am.

If you call telling the truth about who owns CNET defending them then what the funk ever.

I could give 2 shats what CNET thinks of the PS3 Slim but I do find it funny how the PS3 fanboys can related anything critical of the PS3 back to MS.

Do you not see the craziness in that?

Fair enough though, yes I do defend 360 more but I do enjoy the PS3. I don't think this place is lacking in Sony cheerleaders/defenders.

I am not going out of my way to slam Sony and I've been nothing but fair to the PS3 and Sony since I bought one. Too bad the same thing can't be said about you. So maybe you should look at your own stupid ass and stop worrying about me.

Sunny_D3763d ago

Good thing, vid is embedded. No reason to give the site hits.

INehalemEXI3763d ago

100% lean mean gaming machine.

lelik3763d ago

wow no 5? honestly, cnet is f$cking useless

Arnon3763d ago

Because they didn't give it a perfect score? Rofl, is this what Sony fans say when stuff like this happens? :/

JustinSaneV23763d ago

How sad and pathetic the life of a fanboy is.

lelik3763d ago

they gave the 400 dollar version a 4, this one is the same but smaller and cheaper yet its still a 4? explain that to me. psn is better than ever and update 3.0 rapes. your a fanboy if a 4 makes sense to you in this case

Arnon3762d ago

I'm a fanboy if I think this didn't deserve a 5/5?

Still no backwards compatibility, removal of custom OS, touch-sensitive buttons replaced with actual buttons that don't match the surface they're on, still not able to use 4 USB ports correctly, no vertical stand unless purchased separately, no (well, probably) component or HDMI cables included, etc.

And you think this deserves a 5/5.... because... why?

potenquatro3762d ago

To him it desrves a 5 because it's Sony.

Shame on you for trying to make a valid point on NG.

Arnon3762d ago

Darn, I forgot..

/slaps his own logic.

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