PS3 Super Slim: Pay more for less
The much-anticipated PS3 Super Slim was finally announced to the world a couple of days ago, and now that we have all had time to digest the information we have to ask ourselves if Sony has let us down? The reason for this is because in some cases we will have to pay more for less.
We say this because if you look around there are bargains to be had for the current PlayStation 3 console, which means that you will have to pay more for the Super Slim even though it is much smaller and was hoped to be a far cheaper option. Sony almost had us fooled because we had assumed that they were going to release a cheaper model in preparation for the PS4, but we already stated that we should not expect their next-gen console until 2014 now.
It’s a little tough to say how much Sony should have priced the Super Slim at, but fans in the UK believe it should have been at least £50 cheaper, would you agree? Let’s look at it this way, you could pay £200 for an Xbox 360 or £185 for the new PS3, which we have to remind you has seen a few upgrades to its hardware – bet Dawnguard will still not play on it though?
Sony might have shot themselves in the foot here because when stores begin to get rid of their older PlayStation 3 models at bargain prices, gamers will surely choose that option rather than the Super Slim? Okay, it’s a good thing that Sony has reduced the size, which you can see when placed next to the original PS3 model in the video below, but we have reservations with the build quality. We’re not saying that the console will fall apart, but the corrugated plastic top and the way the disc cover opens just feels very cheap.
The biggest issue that we feel Sony has in terms of pricing with the new PS3 Super Slim is the Wii U, because Nintendo’s new console is now starting to look like a more plausible option – well for those who are looking for a new console and not to replace a current one. Okay, it’s still early days for the Wii U, but we have to say that the console is looking like much more of a gamers console than just for a bit of fun like the current Wii.
It’s not all negative though, because we still believe that this PS3 Super Slim has been built in preparation for the PS4, but we will not see the device reduced significantly in price until or near the launch of Sony’s next-gen console, only then will the new slimmer PlayStation 3’s potential be realized.