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Sony PlayStation 3 SlimWith 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.
Brian Tong here with CNET.com and we're shining the product spotlight bright on the Sony PlayStation 3 Slim. The PS3 claims it only does everything, so we wanna dig in and see if that holds true; now cosmetically this is a lot sleeker console from its predecessor, gone is shiny black piano finish which I missed a lot and it's replaced by this duller textured surface and a metal accent on the front. We like how they trimmed off the fat but it's lost some of it's sex appeal at the same time. Under the hood, this current PS3 slim is a beast! The standard 299 Model is loaded with a 160 Gig Hard Drive, it's bringing the Blu-Ray Drive for movies and gaming, you'll have built-in WiFi, BlueTooth Support for accessories and the 2 USB Ports in the front. You'll also have easier access to the hard drive that user upgradable without voiding the warranty. On the back you'll see the same connections as before, there's an Ethernet Port, HDMI video port, digital audio out and Sony's AV Cable Connection for Component or Composite. Now the PS3 flexes it's technical muscle with exclusive titles like The Ascent Adventure Treasure Hunting Exploits of Nathan Drake in Uncharted 2 or the Over The Top Blood-soak Battles in God of War 3. Playing online games to the PlayStation, that work is absolutely free and that's the price that you can't beat. Sony is also getting in to the motion gaming market with their PlayStation Move Controllers and Games, the tech is more accurate than Nintendo's Wii but remains to be seen how this will translate to more hardcore titles. Now if you're not looking for a gaming system, it's still an excellent multimedia system. It's one of our top-rated Blu-Ray Players Here at CNET, it upscales standard DVDs; you can purchase movies or rent them through the PlayStation Store and is currently the first device to support NetFlix with 10 EDP Streaming and a 5.1 Surround Sound. Now there are things the PS3 Slim doesn't have, there's no IR Port to use Universal Remotes with it, you won't be able to play your old PS2 Games on the console because they've removed the backwards compatibility and Sony has broken the hearts of hackers by removing the ability to install another operating system like Linux on it's box But for 299, this is the best value in home entertainment, that's also prepared for the future with software updates and a built in Blu-Ray Player that separates it from any other console. I'm Brian Tong for CNET.com with your Product Spotlight on the Sony PS3 Slim.