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Sony PS3 Slim available early September

UPDATE: The Sony press conference at the 2009 Gamescom in Germany just confirmed both the PS3 Slim and the price cuts.  The new pricing of $299 for current models and the soon to be available slim goes into effect tomorrow.

There have been rumors floating around like crazy for the past few months about a new and slimmer Sony PS3 video game console.  And Sony has been denying it just like the rumors of price cuts.  Even when pictures were leaked of the packaging from a new PS3 Slim, they denied it.  Now, online retailers are putting up the pre-order pages for the new Sony PS3 Slim available on August 24th globally September 11th (per the Sony press conference going on right now).  Will Sony continue to deny this?  Yeah, I doubt it.

There’s some big industry conference going on and Sony is supposed to be presenting today.  I assume that the newly released $100 price cut and the new Slim unit are on their agenda but FYE and K-Mart have beaten them to the punch.  Seems to happen a lot these days.

Here’s the description for the PS3 Slim pre-order from K-Mart:

PS3, SLIM High-Definition Blu-ray player for the best movie experience. Free PLAYSTATION Network membership. 120GB HDD for downloading games, music, videos, and photos. Includes DUAL SHOCK 3 controller. HDMI output for 1080p resolution.

Notice something strange about that?  The newest console has a 120GB hard drive where the current high end model has a 160GB drive.  OK so my XBox 360 has a 120GB drive so no big deal right?  Well that depends.  Unlike the XBox 360, the PS3 often requires games to be “installed” to the console’s hard drive to play the game.  I’ve heard that this is neither a tiny install or a short amount of time to do this either.

Also consider that games and media are increasingly paid for online and downloaded directly to the system.  I imagine you could easily fill up a drive that size if you wanted to do so.  I understand that the PS3 hard drives are easily user upgradeable but I have no information or experience with that so I can’t say.  Who knows if the new Slim will be as easily taken apart as the old beast of a PS3 was either.

What I’m really wanting to hear about from that aforementioned conference is that there is another rumor that Sony may be reintroducing PS2 backwards compatibility to the new Slim models.  One of Sony’s big hype points when the PS3 was first coming out was their inclusion of the Emotion Engine that allowed perfect backwards compatibility of Playstation and PS2 games on the PS3.  They released one model with that function – the coveted 60GB model.  Sony then switched to software emulation on a few 80GB models which worked for many games but not all.  Then they dropped the compatibility completely.

I am always on the lookout for a used PS3 60GB console for this very reason.  I have a ton of PS2 games that I would still like to play but I only have so much space and the TV can only accept so many connections.  Combining those functions is ideal – almost necessary – for me.  So if the Slim ends up containing the Emotion Engine or even functional software emulation, I may be sold.  Especially with the new $100 discount.

PSP visitors

For some reason, I just think it’s really cool that someone is coming to this site on a Sony PSP hand-held game system.  Probably because I’m a big dork, but I really do think that is cool.  So if you are the person who is reading the crap I write on your PSP, I just want to say “Hi!”  And leave a comment if you can.  Or can you since there’s no keyboard?  Never actually browsed on one before.

Buying an MP3 player

Does anyone out there have any experience with the Sony Walkman MP3 players? Specifically the A8xx series (link to 4GB model)? Muse‘s MP3 player (an older Cowon iAudio 1GB unit) bit the dust a while ago and she’s stolen mine. She doesn’t really care for my tiny iRiver s10 2GB unit because, admittedly, the controls are kind of funky and it does take a little patience and compromise to use such a small player. It’s the size of a standard postage stamp.

So I’ve been looking for a new MP3 player for her lately. Something at least 2GB in size that is of an average size and weight (per her request), durable, not too many functions and easy to use. Getting an iPod is completely out of the question because I am not converting my entire music library over to iTunes. Ever. So my criteria are that it has to be able to be plugged in via USB and be seen as a drive so I can drag and drop new music on or off the device without any need for extra software or file conversion.

So I’d narrowed it down to Sandisk, Creative and Sony and the reviews on the newest of the Sony Walkman series are really promising. I looked at a few at the electonics store near my office and out of five, the Sony was the only one that felt like a nice solid metal piece of equipment that wouldn’t crack in a pocket.

However, it’s still a relatively new product and not everyone takes the time to right reviews. So here’s where you come in: If you have a recent or current generation Sony Walkman MP3 player, please leave your thoughts on it in the comments of this post.

There’s nothing in it for you except the fuzzy warm feeling of helping out another person. And I’d really appreciate it.

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