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By • Aug 19th, 2009 • Category: ! Product News


Well, it’s “been rumored“, it’s been “teased“, and there’s even been “a little bit of a pre-order situation going on over at Kmart,” but up until now, Sony has been all but against the thought of a slim PlayStation 3. It looks things are changing though, and for the better.  the slim PS3 will boast a 120GB hard drive, come bundled with a DualShock 3 controller, as well as an HDMI port that supports 1080p high definition.
Today, over at Gamescom in Germany, Kaz Hirai  announced the official details  PlayStation 3 Slim, much to the excitement of people everywhere. The details break down like this:
It will hit stores in September, be $299, with a 120GB hard drive. We will have further details on the console itself as soon as they happen.
 They’ve got a new update for the PlayStation 3 that updates your firmware, up to the good old 3.0 marker. It comes with loads of updates, mostly for the aesthetically-needing people out there, but there is also some functionality thrown in there for good measure.
First and foremost you’ll notice a change to the XMB (Xcross Media Bar), in that Sony has made it easier to use, hoping that the more intuitive aspects will make you feel right at home on the home screen. They also added some network improvements and personalization options. Sony also updated the previous “Information Board” and replaced it with a “What’s New” section, which allows you to see interactive news articles right there on the spot, every time you turn your console on. At the top right of the home screen you’ll find the Status Indicator, which will show you a message count (if you get messages, that is), your user icon and friend icon, as well as the number of friends you have online at the time. The ticker feature is still present and now part of the Status Indicator, allowing for up-to-date information to go scrolling across the screen up there, relatively unobtrusively. The Friend’s List has also gone and been upgraded, showing up in a slightly reformatted way, and showing you the messages you’ve exchanged with a person right there on their profile. And if your personalization needs haven’t been completely met yet, Sony also included Dynamic Themes, which incorporate moving images to the background of the home screen.
There’s a lot of Sony news happening now, and we’ll be sure to deliver the rest as it comes out. Be prepared for the official release from Sony, which we’ll have covered as soon as it shows itself. But, so far from what we can see, it looks like Sony might be getting back into the game. A new console, a better price, and an interactive software side could be just what the doctor ordered for the giant. 
Sony’s Home for their PlayStation Network is getting some extra features. Avatars will have more dance moves in their arsenal, throw balls, and drink a shrinking potion.
Over in Europe, Sony is focusing a lot of attention in hopes to get it closer to what is already available in the US. They will get VoucherCards to start, which means an easier way to add Euros (for instance) to your account. VidZone is coming to Norway, Sweden, and other European Territories, which involves streaming music videos. They’re also getting a movie download service, which is set to launch in November of this year. The movie download service will hit Germany, UK, France, and others.
 the PSP will be getting a Digital Reader this December. And to make sure that you want to get this feature, Sony has teamed up with Marvel to bring you the likes of Spider-Man, X-Men, and the Fantastic Four which will all be available via the PlayStation Network Store. The comics will be able to be downloaded straight to the PSP via the Digital Reader.
MiniS will be for the PSP Go!, and is Sony’s answer to Apple’s App Store it seems. There will be a 100MB size limit, we assume for the games. The online store, via the PSN, will be launched for the time of the PSP Go!’s launch, which means you can start downloading right from the get-go. Sony says there are a lot of distributors are on board for development: EA has Sudoku.



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