223w ago - With its new price tag and leaner form-factor, the PS3 Slim clearly offers great value.
Unfortunately Sony had to strip Linux support, backwards compatibility, and some memory card ports in order to get the price down.
But consumers still get a great gaming machine, free online support, and a competent Blu-ray player. There are also some intriguing services unique to Sony such as Home and PSP connectivity, which might entice some users.
The Xbox 360 Elite, even with a price drop to $299, still struggles to compete feature-for-feature. The most glaring omission is the lack of on-board wifi adaptor. Microsoft currently sells its own, expensive adaptor as an extra accessory.
If gamers want to go online using their Xbox 360, they will have to pay for Xbox Live Gold, at a cost of around $49 per year. Silver members still get access to game demos, achievements, and Avatars, but little more.
Finally, the Xbox 360 still relies on DVD disks for content, which is fine for games but may disappoint videophiles who want the HD capability of Blu-ray movies.
On the other hand, Microsoft is the only manufacturer to allow users to stream Netflix movies from their console, which is ultra-convenient. Zune users can also connect their devices to Xbox Live to access multimedia...
224w ago - As previously reported, today the sales ads for the first week of September at Walmart, Gamestop and Meijer show the Xbox 360 Elite priced at $299 and replacing the current Pro SKU which Microsoft is phasing out.
Engadget has managed to get a leaked photo of the Walmart ad as you can see below.
To quote: "In a move obviously designed to offset Sony's recent PS3 redesign and price drop, the $299 price point will take effect on the same day as the new PS3 launches - September 1st. The Arcade SKU will remain at $199."
224w ago - At GamesCom today, Sony's Kaz Hirai has confirmed the PS3 is getting a new model. That's right, the PS3 Slim! It will be available in stores during the first week of September and include the same features and functionality.
A 120GB hard drive is also included, and it will be 33 percent smaller and 36 percent lighter than the original PS3 console.
The cost? It will be 299. That's $299, 299 euros and 29980 yen. That will also be the price for the current PS3 starting tomorrow.
The PS3 Slim (below) looks like the leaked box model rumored from several months ago.
Finally, a release date for the PS3 Slim will vary by region but it will be available everywhere by September 1, 2009.
224w ago - Sony's worst-kept secret this year appears to be the PS3 Slim, as retailer KMart is now listing the PlayStation 3 Slim for $299 with a launch date of August 24, 2009.
It's also currently displayed on KMart's main page HERE with the slogan "The rumors are reality." and includes a 120GB HDD, with the description as follows:
"PS3, SLIM High-Definition Blu-ray player for the best movie experience. Free PLAYSTATION Network membership. 120GB HDD for downloading games, music, videos, and photos. Includes DUAL SHOCK 3 controller. HDMI output for 1080p resolution."
The Sony GamesCom press conference is expected to confirm details of the new SKU later today, at approximately 12:30 EST.