CNET First Look
Sony's Super Slim PS3This is the third PS3 Sony has released since it debuted in 2006 and this iteration is by far the smallest and lightest yet.
-Hey, what's up everyone? I'm Jeff Bakalar for CNET Review. Today, I'm taking a very first look at the Sony's Super Slim PlayStation 3. So, this is the third PlayStation 3 that Sony's released since it debut in 2006 and this iteration is by far the smallest and lightest we've seen yet. Now, I've also been told that this unit uses less electricity than the slim but we still need to do some testing on that. So here you can see the PS3 next to its older brothers, the original and the slim. Now at first glance, the Super Slim PS3 looks like a smaller hybrid between the original PS3 and the slim one, but it's got a combination of rib plastic and casing and shiny glossy plastic as well and just like that first PS3, this one's gonna show all kinds of fingerprints and smudges. This is the first PlayStation 3 to abandon a slot loading disc tray, meaning you're gonna have to manually open and close the cover each time you want to swap out a game. They kind of feel cheap actually and it sort of reminds me of this old manual credit card imprint machines. This design is probably to cut cost or minimize the overall size, but if you've got it stored in a shelf, you might need some extra space so that you can access the tray more easily. Now what's great about this PS3 and every other one out there, is that you can replace the hard drive. Now, aside from its dress, the change in size, there really isn't anything new going on with this PlayStation 3. Now, that's a good thing and it's a bad thing. It's a good thing because you're getting the same great gaming system but it's bad because there are a handful of tiny improvements that Sony could have implemented with a newly designed console. A simple edition like an IR sensors, you can use remote controls would have been awesome but there's still nothing there. Sony could have also packed in HD cables for the first time in PlayStation history so you could actually play HD games right out of the box but instead, they still include these completely useless composite cables. What am I supposed to do with these things? I have no idea they're worthless. Its things like this that won't allow me to recommend the Super Slim PS3 to anyone that already owns one. Now, if you're in the market for a new PS3, this is probably the one to get especially because it's being offered first in 2 bundles. A $270 bundle with uncharted 3 and a 250 gigabyte consoles out now and a 500 gigabyte console with Assassin's Creed 3 will be out on October 30th for $300. I think it's safe to say that these will also be available separately at some point. So if you don't wanna wait for that, you can actually still buy the old slim model which is competitively priced as well. It's actually cheaper than the initial bundle on this one though we're not sure how long those old slim PS3s will be around either. So you're gonna have to keep checking online. Now I was a little surprised to see how much these consoles cost because I figured Sony would use this opportunity to slash the price of the PS3. However, that's not the case with this bundled PlayStation 3. These consoles start at $270, again that price should go down once they're available separately and you can get that old slim PS3 for less than that. That's gonna do it for Sony's Super Slim PlayStation 3. I'm Jeff Bakalar for CNET. Thanks for watching.