90
Global
Score
The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
90

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

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PlayStation 3 Slim review

Even before Sony's big unveil earlier this month at Cologne GamesCom, it felt like we already knew the PlayStation 3 Slim quite intimately. A leak from back in May gave us a glimpse of every angle of the hardware's exterior, and even the final retail box. At that point, we didn't know what to make of it, and the change in logo font definitely threw us off. Three months, thirty seconds of video, and a dash of legal paperwork later, and we're looking at that very same leaked device, now taking up space adjacent to our hefty 60GB "Classic" model from launch day. Unquestionably, it's smaller and lighter, but how else has Sony's Blu-ray-playing console evolved -- or regressed -- over these past few years? Read on to find out!

Pros
  • Smaller, lighter, and quieterMore energy efficientMatte finish
Cons
  • Blu-ray playback a tad slowerNo support for OtherOSNo PS2 legacy support
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100
mike1
With a computer running Windows I enabled media sharing and now I am watching...read more
90
frankspin
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
80
timchoi89
The PS3 is my 2nd favorite system simply because of it's robustness and capabilities....read more
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Model
120GB

Key Specs

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable
Backward compatible
no
Controller type
Wired, Wireless
Motion controls
yes
Video outputs
HDMI, RCA / composite

General

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable (Slot loading) (50 GB)
Backward compatible
no

Controllers / accessories

Controller type
Wired, Wireless (Bluetooth) (Rechargeable) (USB)
Controllers (max)
7
Direction control
D-pad, Thumb stick (2)
Motion controls
yes (Accelerometer, Gyroscopic)
Rumble support
Built-in (2 motors)
Other peripherals
Joystick, Arcade stick, Racing wheel, Instruments, Headset / mic, Camera, Remote, Keyboard, Mouse, Other

Audio / video

Video outputs
HDMI, RCA / composite (v1.3)
Video formats
1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i
Audio outputs
via HDMI, RCA stereo, TOSLINK (optical) (Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD High Resolution, DTS-HD Master Audio, PCM) (7.1)

Media

Audio playback
yes (CD audio) (AAC, MP3, WAV, WMA)
Video playback
yes (DVD video) (AVI, DivX, h.264 / AVC, Motion JPEG, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, VC-1, WMV, XviD)
Photo viewer
yes (BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF)

Networking / online service

Internet connectivity
yes (yes) (10/100/1000 [Gigabit]) (None) (Multiplayer, Voice chat, Video chat, Store, Browser) (yes) (yes) (no)

Storage

System storage
yes (Hard drive)

Hardware

CPU speed
3.2 GHz
CPU cores
7
GPU speed
550 MHz
Video RAM
256 MB
System RAM
256 MB
USB
2.0 (2 ports)
Requires host console
no

Power

Power adapter
Internal
Model
160GB

Key Specs

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable
Backward compatible
no
Controller type
Wired, Wireless
Motion controls
yes
Video outputs
HDMI, RCA / composite

General

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable (Slot loading) (50 GB)
Backward compatible
no

Controllers / accessories

Controller type
Wired, Wireless (Bluetooth) (Rechargeable) (USB)
Controllers (max)
7
Direction control
D-pad, Thumb stick (2)
Motion controls
yes (Accelerometer, Gyroscopic)
Rumble support
Built-in (2 motors)
Other peripherals
Joystick, Arcade stick, Racing wheel, Instruments, Headset / mic, Camera, Remote, Keyboard, Mouse, Other

Audio / video

Video outputs
HDMI, RCA / composite (v1.3)
Video formats
1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i
Audio outputs
via HDMI, RCA stereo, TOSLINK (optical) (Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD High Resolution, DTS-HD Master Audio, PCM) (7.1)

Media

Audio playback
yes (CD audio) (AAC, MP3, WAV, WMA)
Video playback
yes (DVD video) (AVI, DivX, h.264 / AVC, Motion JPEG, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, VC-1, WMV, XviD)
Photo viewer
yes (BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF)

Networking / online service

Internet connectivity
yes (yes) (10/100/1000 [Gigabit]) (None) (Multiplayer, Voice chat, Video chat, Store, Browser) (yes) (yes) (no)

Storage

System storage
yes (Hard drive)

Hardware

CPU speed
3.2 GHz
CPU cores
7
GPU speed
550 MHz
Video RAM
256 MB
System RAM
256 MB
USB
2.0 (2 ports)
Requires host console
no

Power

Power adapter
Internal
Model
250GB

Key Specs

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable
Backward compatible
no
Controller type
Wired, Wireless
Motion controls
yes
Video outputs
HDMI, RCA / composite

General

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable (Slot loading) (50 GB)
Backward compatible
no

Controllers / accessories

Controller type
Wired, Wireless (Bluetooth) (Rechargeable) (USB)
Controllers (max)
7
Direction control
D-pad, Thumb stick (2)
Motion controls
yes (Accelerometer, Gyroscopic)
Rumble support
Built-in (2 motors)
Other peripherals
Joystick, Arcade stick, Racing wheel, Instruments, Headset / mic, Camera, Remote, Keyboard, Mouse, Other

Audio / video

Video outputs
HDMI, RCA / composite (v1.3)
Video formats
1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i
Audio outputs
via HDMI, RCA stereo, TOSLINK (optical) (Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD High Resolution, DTS-HD Master Audio, PCM) (7.1)

Media

Audio playback
yes (CD audio) (AAC, MP3, WAV, WMA)
Video playback
yes (DVD video) (AVI, DivX, h.264 / AVC, Motion JPEG, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, VC-1, WMV, XviD)
Photo viewer
yes (BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF)

Networking / online service

Internet connectivity
yes (yes) (10/100/1000 [Gigabit]) (None) (Multiplayer, Voice chat, Video chat, Store, Browser) (yes) (yes) (no)

Storage

System storage
yes (Hard drive)

Hardware

CPU speed
3.2 GHz
CPU cores
7
GPU speed
550 MHz
Video RAM
256 MB
System RAM
256 MB
USB
2.0 (2 ports)
Requires host console
no

Power

Power adapter
Internal
Model
Classic White

Key Specs

Storage

System storage
yes (Hard drive)
Model
320GB

Key Specs

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable
Backward compatible
no
Controller type
Wired, Wireless
Motion controls
yes
Video outputs
HDMI, RCA / composite

General

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable (Slot loading) (50 GB)
Backward compatible
no

Controllers / accessories

Controller type
Wired, Wireless (Bluetooth) (Rechargeable) (USB)
Controllers (max)
7
Direction control
D-pad, Thumb stick (2)
Motion controls
yes (Accelerometer, Gyroscopic)
Rumble support
Built-in (2 motors)
Other peripherals
Joystick, Arcade stick, Racing wheel, Instruments, Headset / mic, Camera, Remote, Keyboard, Mouse, Other

Audio / video

Video outputs
HDMI, RCA / composite (v1.3)
Video formats
1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i
Audio outputs
via HDMI, RCA stereo, TOSLINK (optical) (Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD High Resolution, DTS-HD Master Audio, PCM) (7.1)

Media

Audio playback
yes (CD audio) (AAC, MP3, WAV, WMA)
Video playback
yes (DVD video) (AVI, DivX, h.264 / AVC, Motion JPEG, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, VC-1, WMV, XviD)
Photo viewer
yes (BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF)

Networking / online service

Internet connectivity
yes (yes) (10/100/1000 [Gigabit]) (None) (Multiplayer, Voice chat, Video chat, Store, Browser) (yes) (yes) (no)

Storage

System storage
yes (Hard drive)

Hardware

CPU speed
3.2 GHz
CPU cores
7
GPU speed
550 MHz
Video RAM
256 MB
System RAM
256 MB
USB
2.0 (2 ports)
Requires host console
no

Power

Power adapter
Internal