PlayStation 3 Slim (2009)
Like the PlayStation and PlayStation 2, the PS3 eventually got a slim redesign. About one-third lighter, and more power efficient than the original model, some were disappointed to find that the new version of the hardware no longer had the backward compatibility support for PS2 games that the original version of the console did.
- Overall score: 8.7 (4.0 stars)
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out of 178 user reviews
Starting at: $299.00
The good: More affordable $299 price; slimmer, more compact design with quieter operation; all games in high-definition; easy-to-use interface; doubles as a Blu-ray and upscaling DVD player; built-in Wi-Fi; 120GB hard drive; HDMI output with 1080p support; no external power supply; built-in Web browser; free online gaming service.
The bad: Lacks backward support for PS2 games; no infrared port means non-Bluetooth universal remotes aren't compatible; online gaming, media, and commerce options still aren't as fully developed as Xbox Live, though they're getting better.
The bottom line: With 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.
February 14, 2013 3:11 PM PST
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