208w ago - Sony Computer Entertainment Inc's Masayuki Chatani revealed to Nikkei's TechOn in a recent interview that the PS3 could have been even smaller if they left the power supply on the outside.
However, if they had done this there would have been issues with transport and easy use. The obvious question: Would you prefer the PlayStation 3 Slim to be even smaller with an external PSU, or is it fine with an internal one?
To quote: "It was pretty tough to squeeze a power-hungry piece of equipment like the PS3, drawing up to 250W, into a case this small, complete with power supply.
I think it's a very advanced design, and am really proud of the engineers who achieved it.
True, the case could have been made even smaller if we'd left the power supply on the outside, but that would have imposed restrictions on transport and use, making it harder to use freely."
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I don't really care as i won't be getting a Slim, but if i didn't have my fat PS3 (and this is, i think, a good all round point anyway)...
Power supplies should really be built in and connections standardised for all consumer electronics TVs, VCRs (remember them!), DVD, BluRay, PCs etc etc - i.e. If you loose your power lead just go get a new kettle lead and your set!
That's why i like the format of the PS3 it's got a nice standard Kettle lead connection.
Smaller devices should all come with standard connections too - preferably USB if the 500-600mAh supply is enough! (e.g. External HDDs, Phones, Cameras etc etc) I hate the fact that my two external WD MyBooks both take up their own socket and can't be daisy chained! My wife's phone has its own special connector etc
I know things are starting to get better but these big companys should take a note from the "IBM compatible" (i.e. PC for you youngun's) book and standardise components like this as it makes it easier for everyone (plus saves them a bundle on R&D!)
Anyway, that's my 2 Pence worth. (Don't use Cents over here - not even those funny Euro ones! lol)