- Platform: PlayStation 3
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Sony PS3 12GB Super Slim Console (PS3)
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The newly redesigned PlayStation 3 is smaller and lighter than ever before; packed with all the gaming fun you'd expect from PlayStation but in a brand new case!
By redesigning the internal design architecture, and removing the disc-fed tray and replacing it with a sliding top-loading disk cover, the PS3 Super Slim is reduced in size by up to 25% compared to the current Slim PS3.
The PS3 12GB Super Slim is a home entertainment system in a discreet and sleek console that allows you to play Blu-Ray Discs, DVD's, Music CD's and watch TV through the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 iPlayer (Internet connection required).
Included in the box you'll find:
- PS3 12GB Super Slim Console CECH-4003A
- Wireless Dualshock 3 Controller
- AC power cord
- AV cable
- USB cable
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What the two models have in common is that they are both significantly smaller and lighter than Sony's previous PS3 versions. They also have a top loading disc drive rather than a slot loading one (a button releases a catch so the cover of the drive slides aside, then you push it back in place after inserting the disc). Aside from that there are few major differences from the last generation - same number of USB ports (2), same outputs, no SACD or PS2 disc compatibility, etc . The reduction in size and weight is very welcome and although some may feel slot loading is cooler and marginally more convenient, it's not a big deal, and you can understand that by doing this they have been able to make the unit cheaper.
To deal with the differences, this model has a stated storage size of 12Gb, made up of flash memory. The other model has a stated storage size of 500Gb, this being hard drive storage. When I got my 12Gb PS3 I immediately downloaded the latest version of the system software, and after that I checked the storage size available according to the system. It said I had 9108MB left. (Why not 12Gb? Well the system software takes up some space)
So is it worth going for this model at a cheaper price? That will depend on how you want to use the PS3, and you should give it some careful thought before buying.
If you want to use your PS3 to store more than a very small amount of audio or video, this is definitely not a good choice for you. The storage space is too small for that.Read more ›
It offers the exact same experience as any other PS3s and has a brand new design.
This choice of PS3 is ideal as a Blu-ray player or media streaming device and will set you back around £100 for another device that can do the same, however this can do much much more.
This version has just 12gb of storage, however if your careful with what you use and only regularly play 1-2 games at a time this is the perfect choice for you. If at a later date you change your mind and want more memory, you can buy a PS3 hard drive caddy and install you own hard drive if you would like to. Likewise if your old PS3 is out of warranty and no longer functions you can use your hard drive from your old PS3 in this PS3.
To install a spare hard drive this is the adapter you will need. You need a 5400rpm 2.5" hard drive for it to be suitable for the PS3.
Please bear in mind you will be forced to format a newly installed hard drive and will lose all data you may have had on it.
The build quality it a bit cheaper than previous models which is to be expected and it has no slot CD drive and instead loads from the top although this is no issue.
To sum up, if you play 1 or 2 games at a time or are looking for a blu-ray, media streaming capable device this is for you.
or if your a heavy user, play numerous games at a time, download films/music, use Play TV amongst other things, the 500GB option is for you.
It appears now that most games manufacturers sell the basic game on disk, but the rest of the game comes via a download that needs to be saved on the PS3.
Result is that my son has to decide which game or 2 that he wants on his PS3 whilst the rest cannot be played without deleting all the information (including stage saves) of another game.
It does not bode well for gamers who like to switch between games
Found it was significantly cheaper to buy a cradle for a fiver and install my old PS3 had drive in the 12Gb than to buy the 500Gb version.
Amazed by how compact these are but there are a couple of potentially serious downsides:
1. The non-motorised disc drive.
The sliding lid feels a bit flimsy at the best of times but it is almost unusable when the super slim is stored vertically as the console tips over when you try and get a disc in or out.
2. The noise of the blu-ray drive.
Might seem like an odd complaint but the fat 60Gb blu-ray was accompanied by a gentle whoosh noise as it kicked in and read the disc.
This one whirrs and chirps all the time and is just so loud to the extent that you get distracted by it when the PS3 is caching data as you're trying to listen to dialogue.
Seriously am considering trading this one in and getting a reconditioned fat one or perhaps a previous slim model.
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Sent out item (PS3 super slim 12GB) without the hard drive or the hard drive caddy as well as a controller that wouldn't charge.Published 27 days ago by Hodgy59
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