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PS3 Slim Models CECH-3001A/B in North America, Comparison Pics


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163w ago - Following up on the initial news, today [Register or Login to view links] has confirmed that the new PS3 Slim models CECH-3001A and CECH-3001B are now available in North America while [Register or Login to view links] has shared some comparison pictures of the new PlayStation 3 Slim alongside details via [Register or Login to view links] and a [Register or Login to view links].

To quote: Just wanted to let you guys know that Amazon (for the US anyway) has begun shipping out the 3001-A's to customers. There is actually a few more changes to the hardware then I noticed in the pics (I have one). the Wifi light was removed but not the HDD light, the PS logo above the drive is now silk screened rather then an emblem while the silk screened SONY logo was removed in favor of an indented logo.

Also the power and eject buttons have changed color to a darker gray and the silver/clear overlay around them is removed.

Lastly the entire casing is now a matte finish besides the power button/drive face area, no more glossy front and side plastic, which considering how easily this this gets crappy looking is a good improvement. The unit is also lighter then the 2001-A (not sure why) also I believe they may have finally engineered out the annoying plastic pop from case expansion/contraction with this model, but I will need to test it longer to find out for sure. I can take some pics of the two units if anyone feels its necessary.

I am not capable of giving you a 100% certain answer on this just yet, let me play a few games that push the system's fan up (uncharted 2 and FFXIII usually did the trick with the 2001-A). Right now with each sitting side by side, the 3001's fan sounds like a very light humm and the 2001's sounds like a shhhh (I know this sounds silly but Im doing my best to tell you how it sounds :P). What I can tell you is that when I enter the room I predominantly hear the 2001-A over the new unit.

No they removed the LED backlighting from the actual buttons. The little green and blue LEDs are still there above the buttons, unless thats what your talking about. Like an above poster said the system looks off when playing a blu-ray.

As above right now it sounds like the 3001-A is quieter then the 2001-A I have right next to it as the 2001 is making most of the fan noise in the room (keeping in mind both are doing the exact same thing) Nope thats still there just the green wifi LED is gone.

Yes it is from the case expanding and contracting from extreme heat changes. The original Slim and the 2500 both get very hot likely due to the internal power supply as most of the units are hottest across the top back of the console. The 2500 that I have with me, when fully heated up separates slightly in the middle of the top of the back so that you can actually depress it about a centimeter or so due to the case expansion.

The good news is so far I have no cracking/popping from the 3001-A even after being on for 4 hours (for reference the other Slims I have owned and tested all started popping a hour after being turned on). With another user confirming that his does not pop either that may have (finally) engineered this out. Worth noting that you can get the older slims to pop less if you loosen the bottom screws a half/whole turn on each.

Yup the Xillia model was originally the first time we saw a 3001-A, the changes are not very noticeable in the pics they showed but you can see it has the indented SONY logo on the left side. Now that I think about it because the newer units removed more lights and the silver/clear accent piece around the buttons the console reminds me even more of the PS2. Pics incoming guys.

All I can tell you is that with both of them on for same amount of time while doing the same thing the 2501-A was louder then the 3001-A, in fact the 2501-A was all I heard when walking back into the room. I will be playing some games to test this more today, also despite a smaller fan the new unit does not get as hot to the touch.

Also worth noting that the blue LED above the disc drive eject button is no longer there, just the red/green above the power (did not notice this until now).

Agreed until I hear otherwise I do not notice any difference in the noise level on this newer unit, playing uncharted 2 now. This new unit has been on since last night and its nowhere near as hot as my previous slim nor does it seem any louder. Also still have not heard the annoying plastic pop after all this time.

Agreed about the finish, that's why I am glad they removed most of the remaining shiny plastic with this new model. Electronics get crappy looking too fast with a shiny plastic finish, also wiping said finger prints off leaves scratches which also look terrible. So which FW did it come with? 3.65

Ambient temp in the room is 79 to 80 F. Running Uncharted 2 now have been running background downloads and blu-rays. Fan noise remains un changed, is definitely not louder then the 2501-A (at least to my ears and I am putting my head right next to the system) sound is different though like I said earlier its more of a humm where the older fan was a shhh/whoosh type sound.

Also the system is a good deal cooler to the touch in the middle and rear of the console then the 2501-A I have.

Finally, [Register or Login to view links] has revealed that the new PS3 CHECH-3001A models come with OFW 3.65 and shared a picture of the Macronix MX29GL IC (below) confirming that this model utilizes the same pinout as previous revisions.






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jarvis's Avatar
#29 - jarvis - 187w ago
Ok Sony... you still haven't learned your lesson. Keep painting a bulls eye on all your systems for hackers. If they are claiming it is hack proof, this is like poking a bear.

Remember Blu-Ray? "It will be at least 10 years before the DRM is broken".

OK, that reminds me, by Blu-Ray rip just finished. No trailers and I can skip around wherever I want.

Bry4nMW's Avatar
#28 - Bry4nMW - 187w ago
Well I think a lot of you guys talking about reverse engineering are still forgetting that you need something to start from. And in the original PS3 that was linux. That's where all the original information about the ps3 originated from. We glitch attacked for a way to read and write into the hypervisor and dumped the lv0, lv1, etc.

So assuming the Sony has changed at least some sort of the architecture for the system, and definitely change all their keys, this ps3 will have some unpredictable obstacles with no documentation to gain an understanding for.

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#27 - xUb3rn00dlEx - 187w ago
Quote Originally Posted by oldschool400 View Post
Given $ony's past track record for protecting their assets vs customer satisfaction, I honestly wouldn't be surprised if they block psn access to current phat and slim models soon after the release of the 'hack proof' system, thus forcing people to spend MORE money to upgrade (some people who have JUST upgraded)

This would be illegal (in the US at least) for several reasons we need not bring up lol. You can't block old systems, as millions of consoles would literally be barred. Compare that so say a couple hundred thousand that they would sell of the new one, taking this road would be self-destruction for the company (at least in the gaming aspect).

psychops3's Avatar
#26 - psychops3 - 187w ago
well, i'm not throwing mine just install homebrew and give it to any kid and say: "here this is the mother of a psp"

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#25 - doorman - 187w ago
Jeesh, whatever works for ya Sony, thanks for making a secondary system strictly for online play more affordable! I'm sure I along with everyone else will just throw our old systems away. Good luck on the unhackable part as well... you'll need it.

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