120GB PS3 Slim confirmed by K-mart, Sears

[UPDATE] Hours before Sony's GamesCom press conference, the US retailer begins taking preorders for long-rumored console; FYE shows 80GB going to $299, 160GB to $399; September launch now confirmed.

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Following a series of markdowns of current PlayStation 3s in the US and Europe, yet more evidence is mounting that a cheaper PlayStation 3 Slim will be announced shortly. Just hours before Sony's GamesCom press briefing was slated to begin in Cologne, Germany, US retailer K-mart began taking preorders for the console.

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K-mart is running banner ads that indicate the console will be cheaper than its base model's current $399 price point. The site is currently hosting a banner ad that trumpets that "THE RUMORS ARE REALITY" and that there is a "new low price & a new and exciting PlayStation 3."

Meanwhile, the retailer's online store has a "Sony PS3, SLIM PRESELL 2" product page, which lists the console as having the 120GB hard drive first shown in images that surfaced in May:

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. (emphasis added.)

The site also lists the 120GB PS3 Slim as shipping on August 24. Rival retailer Sears has also posted a "Sony PS3, SLIM PRESELL 1" product page with the same release date.

Meanwhile, game blog Kotaku was sent scans of in-store posters for retailer FYE that trumpet the "new low price" of both existing PS3 models--$299 for the 80GB stand-alone and $399 for the 160GB Uncharted bundle.

[UPDATE] Sure enough, Sony made it official in Cologne: A new, matte-black 120GB PS3 Slim will go on sale the first week of September for $299 (US & Canada) or €299 (EU).

Discussion

146 comments
MuelaXx
MuelaXx

damn i bought mine Last xmas for 524$ now it is 299$ so sorry for the xbox 360 fanboys, now they have no excuse 4 swapping

Darth_Pietrus
Darth_Pietrus

I think the coolest news is that the ps3 just got cheaper! The slim i think is still pretty huge...

wahyudil
wahyudil

wow.... intriguing .... I will think about buying PS3 right now ...

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

Less then three years and were about to see the sixth PS3 and their is a rumor of a 250gig PS3 that is going to be released. I dont feel the need to buy one because there will probably be two other versions released next year.

McGregor
McGregor

Saweet! Looking forward to a PS3 Slim!

RamMan4x4
RamMan4x4

meh...its a stationary console, who cares if its slimmer? Maybe Sony should save some of that money and put it towards more games for the system...or a controller designed to fit in a normal persons hands!

humanitarian570
humanitarian570

A bit ugly but cheap and small enough to fit in small places. My 80GB PS3 takes up a lot of space and I have to connect and disconnect all the cables whenever I want to play or put it away. Only thing left for me to do now is to see how things will heat up.

lamprey263
lamprey263

OMG, this is like the... [lost count] article about this today; okay, we get it, price cut "yay".

ArchAngel2284
ArchAngel2284

oh my god. y did i buy that expensive garbage console? sony can burn in hell for ever. burn bastards. never should have bought that junk. kaz hirai is a damned gorrilla.

fize4ever
fize4ever

ohh man i wish i didn't bought my 80 GB PS3 now there is a new one and a better one and a cheaper one i wish i can kill those Sony employs :( i'm so sad :cry:

izmickey
izmickey

@Dawg9000 The hard drives are upgradable, check the gamespot video.

IHeartCloud
IHeartCloud

YAY! Now I can have all of the consoles! Now if only SquareEnix would release final fantasy xiii...

ThugNMe
ThugNMe

which one is backwards compatable? the $399 one?

itwiz90
itwiz90

That's whats up. Way to go SONY. Looks like my girl gets one for her dorm room now.

D3A7HJ0K3R
D3A7HJ0K3R

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TheArcade
TheArcade

About time Sony! This should give MS more competition and even more reason for them to strive to get better.

D3A7HJ0K3R
D3A7HJ0K3R

ps3 sales will jump like a frog on steroids, i already have my 60 gig launch and am happy with that. Something only 50 bucks more than a wii, you can;t complain about price now.

soulless4now
soulless4now

This is great news for me. Now I'll finally consider getting one. ^_^

shkar
shkar

does the slim PS3 have an external power supply brick like that of the 360 ? or it's still inside the box???

Vambran
Vambran

i think ill hold on to my ps3 60 gig that can play All ps1 and Ps2 games.

Detrun
Detrun

This is what I've been waiting to hear ever since my PS3 got stolen. Very good news indeed!

Jekyll612
Jekyll612

Not sure how many realize this, but Sears and K-Mart are both owned and operated by Sears Holdings Corp. Naturally if one has it listed on their web-page (As a mistake or not) the other would also show it. They are not competitors unless you count inter-company competition.

worth-my-time
worth-my-time

ps3 wasnt that expensive to begin with since buying an xbox360 and getting only some of the features like the ps3 would be expensive like the HDD , external dvd player wireless, rechargeable controllers so now theres a ps3 slim with 120 gb and its smaller and lighter what more could u want ?

kamizuka
kamizuka

@awheaten FPS has his moment's but it gets boring after the first time you finished the game, but the Ps3( i am a fanboy :) ) has different type's of games using the Blue-ray, but they should make more games using it Blue-ray should be an awesome long game, not all animations like Killzone

cjasko94
cjasko94

Damn I paid $400.00 for my 80GB PS3. Well thats always how it goes.. . I could always just upgrade my HD. PS3 Slim looks kind of ugly. . still very cool how they did that though.

totaleklypse
totaleklypse

lol. first people cry cause its too expensive. then they cry cause the price drops and the upcoming incarnation is ugly. can i get you some cheese with your whine? what a bunch of wussies. i mean really.... what u stare at the machine more than play it? i look at mine only when i am popping in a new disc. end of story. play the games and shut yer pie holes =)

TWilliamz
TWilliamz

@ Dawg9000 That's a good question @UnknownForm You should have left that "no immature fanboys" out because they're always going to be around talking bad about each of the consoles and claiming theirs is the best in the world

tony382
tony382

I might pick this up next year for the new Baseball game. Other than that, I don't see myself getting it anytime soon.

TWilliamz
TWilliamz

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darris5000
darris5000

maby i might get one now but my negitive is back words compatibility but my ps2 and ps1 still work so ya

UnknownForm
UnknownForm

SLIM=Price+Blu-ray+great features other than Blu-ray+small size+thin length+no immature fanboys+great exlculsive+free online service PSN=WIN!

awheaten
awheaten

@toughtommy2 If all you like is FPS then get more stuff for your 360. But, if you like weird different kind of japanesse games. Then, help your self to a PS3.

Dawg9000
Dawg9000

This brings up a question, are the hard drives still upgradeable?

johnmetcalf
johnmetcalf

I know this is being nit picky but gamespot made a slight mistake in the article k-mart and sears are not rivals. K-Mart and sears are the same company. Anyway good for sony on the slim PS3 I would like to see the console wars tighten up a bit because good competition makes for better gaming experiences for us because each are trying to out do the other. If one gets too far ahead of the other then the leader starts slacking.

xXZak-ataKXx
xXZak-ataKXx

@toughtommy2 I would go ahead and get the ps3. Slim or original.the original is awesome,i have one. and im sure the slim will be just as if not better. So get a playstation 3!!!!

toughtommy2
toughtommy2

should i buy the ps3 slim or original,or should i just buy more stuff 4 my 360?

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

[quote="starbead"] @TevoxZi And how about you leave your right wing ranting to the FOX"news" website. The unemployment rate in my state is 10.7%, it is almost 20% in Michigan. Just because one cannot afford $300 on a toy at the moment does not mean that one is unemployed and the fact that one is unemployed does not mean that one doesn't want to get a job. In fact, the unemployment rate reflects the percentage who WANT work, but cannot get it. [/quote] @starbead Okay then. :) --- @toughtommy2 Basically up to you, but I'd go for PS3, doesn't really matter whether original or slim. It's all about how you like it by outlook and size between the original and slim.

starbead
starbead

@TevoxZi And how about you leave your right wing ranting to the FOX"news" website. The unemployment rate in my state is 10.7%, it is almost 20% in Michigan. Just because one cannot afford $300 on a toy at the moment does not mean that one is unemployed and the fact that one is unemployed does not mean that one doesn't want to get a job. In fact, the unemployment rate reflects the percentage who WANT work, but cannot get it. Anyway. Great pricepoint, Sony. MS will have to show that they are the better value or undercut it. Sony is bleeding red ink and can't really afford this steep a cut. Will be interesting to see if MS is willing to let the Elite go toe-to-toe with the Slim or uses its more solid financial position to try and crush the PS3.

ParisSun
ParisSun

Sweet. I've been loving my 360 but now that the PS3 is cheap, I'll pick one of these up. Sorry early adopters. Hahahaha.

JDW_games
JDW_games

I actually really like the new look of the Slim PS3. Looks great, you won't have all the smudge marks with the new finish, and it won't take up the space. All that matters is that it delivers awesome games and a Blu Ray. I hope this puts Sony back on the map and in the forefront. Most of all, I hope they have learned their lesson and they stay in a good price range whenever the next gen consoles come again. For now, I will be loving my new PS3!

tarikm92f
tarikm92f

here is your chance for purchasing ps3. i have one and i recommend it to anyone. price is acceptable though.

pimperjones
pimperjones

TripSe7en Glossy is yesterday dude. It's old and needs to be put down. Apple is moving to Matte, DSi is moving to Matte, now PS3 is moving to Matte. Piano finish gloss, is no longer the cool thing. IBM had it right all along, Thinkpad Matte is far classier than gloss. I've been waiting for the day that Matte makes a comeback, now it's finally here.

izmickey
izmickey

gamer082009, you pay to play the console not for decoration to make your room look nicer. @xialon You're welcome.

Harerazer
Harerazer

They're already packing the Elite with two games. Oh yeah, it's the Elites made last year that have the higher tendancy of RRoD failure. Now both the Wii and PS3 are better buys than the 360. Hopefully by next March when I really look to get a 360 (for Champions Online) they will have produced a mildly stable piece of electronics...I hope.

starbead
starbead

KMart and Sears are not rivals. They are the same company.

xialon
xialon

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