- Jason R. Clark
Sony has just announced a Playstation 3 Super Slim. Looking like a cross between the original dome model and the slim, the system is 20 percent smaller and 25 percent lighter. The system is top loading via a sliding door panel and has lower power consumption. The system’s dropping soon in a 250 Gig Uncharted 3 Bundle for $269.99 and a 500 Gig Assassin’s Creed 3 Bundle for $299.99.
Isn’t there already a PS3 slim? Just slimmer I guess. Where the heck did that come from? Recently the video game community has had a series of plot turns that make Law and Order look like TJ Hooker. Bayonetta 2 is a Wii U exclusive, check. Wii U launch date, price point, and games, check. Playstation 3 Super Slim, say what? I feel like I’m jumping on a soapbox again but if no one else is going to say anything, I will.
The original was rather large and bulky where the slim was a nice non-obtrusive design minus the extra USB ports and card slots. Most of the other reinventions happened at the end of the console cycle to offer cheaper alternatives for consumers. I’m not sure if releasing a super slim is going to help Sony in the long run.
Just the other day I was talking with someone about why Sony had such a hard time selling the PS3. The reason is the PS2. There was a point where Microsoft announced that there would be no more Xbox releases past a certain date because all of its in house studios where concentrating on the 360. The next gen systems were arriving soon and they in essence told consumers if they wanted to play the new cool games they had to move forward. It was kind of funny to see the only new game being released was Madden from EA, but that’s another story.
A year later when Sony released the PS3, they were still making PS2’s and software. Developers had a larger PS2 install base and just graphically upgraded ports of their PS2 games without fully taking advantage of the new systems.
People who didn’t want to spend the money on the new systems were being offered a cheap PS2 and years of cheap software. Why did they have a reason to move forward when new games were still coming out? If Sony sells a new version of the PS3 in an attempt to add to their customer base 6 years into the cycle, they create a consumer who will not buy the PS4 when it releases in 2013/14 because they just bought into dated hardware.