Following speculation that a 'slim' model was in the pipeline Sony officially announced the PS3 CECH-2000 on August 18, 2009 at the Sony Gamescom press conference. The PS3 slim (officially called the PS3 CECH-2000) features an upgradeable 120GB hard drive and is 33% smaller, 36% lighter, and consumes 34% less power than previous models. The cooling system has been redesigned and Cell processor has moved to a 45nm manufacturing process.
The PS3 slim also includes support for BRAVIA Sync allowing control of the console over HDMI and runs quieter than previous models but no longer has the ability to install third party operating systems such as Linux. The PS3 slim is priced at $299 United States/€299 European Union/£249 United Kingdom/AU$499 Australia/NZ$629 New Zealand/MXN$3,999 Mexico/ P 10,000 Russia/¥29980 Japan and was officially released on September 1, 2009 in North America and Europe and on September 3, 2009 in Japan, Australia and New Zealand. However, some retailers such as Amazon.com, Best Buy, and GameStop started to sell the PS3 slim on August 25, 2009. FCC filings also reveal a second slim model, the 250GB CECH-2000B.( Read more... )