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After the recent death of my launch Playstation 3 from 2007, I was in the market for a new console. This coincided with prefect timing from Sony, with the launch of their 2012 slim model. Having owned both a launch and slim Playstation 3 from 2009, I felt it was fair to share my views on Sony's latest offering. As with all Sony consoles, the packaging was attractive and neat! Included in the box is: a 500GB PS3 slim console, wireless Dualshock control pad, power cable, av cable, usb charging cable and instructions.

-The first thing you notice about the console is the size and weight reduction. Admittedly, I did not see much of a difference between the launch console and slim model from 2009. However, this machine is (almost!) the PS3 slim I had been waiting for.

-The machine is a combination of both a charcoal matt and glossy black finish. This actually looks a lot nicer in person than in pictures.

-There are two usb ports on the front, as with the previous slim model. The rear has all the usual ports form previous models; ethernet port, HDMI, optical cable, AV multi-out and of course the power adapter input.

-Discs are now inserted by the sliding across of a disc tray, located the top of the PS3.

-The included Dualshock controller is essentially the same as previous generations, and as comfortable and trustworthy as ever!

-My launch PS3 had a 60GB hard drive, and my 2009 slim a 120GB. This is my first console with such vast disc space (500GB). It is a very welcome addition, considering that many games can now be downloaded from the PSN store (this is particularly useful if you have a Playstation Plus account).

-While playing games, I have noted that disc spinning noise is reduced when compared to previous models. This is apparently due to better ventilation (as claimed by Sony). Without discs, noise levels are virtually zero.

-The slim form factor allows for easy portability of the console, as well as discrete positioning.

-Although the console is nice enough to look at, I do feel some compromises have been made in the design. Overall, the previous machines were definitely more classy, with their slot loading mechanisms. Build quality seems a bit hollow, despite pleasing aesthetics.

-Again, no PS2 backward compatibility. Also gone is the SD card reader that was found only in launch models.

The price of this new model is a little steep, considering that the PS3 is now over half a decade old (and with rumours of a PS4 around the corner). But overall, I am pleased with the new Playstation slim. It does have some flaws in build quality, but these can be easily overlooked due to the slim form factor and new design. There are some places I feel Sony could have improved on to make the 'ultimate' Playstation console. However, if you are in the market for a new PS3, you can't go far wrong with this. 4/5
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4.2 out of 5 stars
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