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August 8, 2011 // 10:04 am - Following up on the initial news, today has confirmed that the new PS3 Slim models CECH-3001A and CECH-3001B are now available in North America while TheBanditKing has shared some comparison pictures of the new PlayStation 3 Slim alongside details via NeoGAF and a teardown.

To quote: Just wanted to let you guys know that Amazon (for the US anyway) has begun shipping out the 3001-A's to customers. There is actually a few more changes to the hardware then I noticed in the pics (I have one). the Wifi light was removed but not the HDD light, the PS logo above the drive is now silk screened rather then an emblem while the silk screened SONY logo was removed in favor of an indented logo.

Also the power and eject buttons have changed color to a darker gray and the silver/clear overlay around them is removed.

Lastly the entire casing is now a matte finish besides the power button/drive face area, no more glossy front and side plastic, which considering how easily this this gets crappy looking is a good improvement. The unit is also lighter then the 2001-A (not sure why) also I believe they may have finally engineered out the annoying plastic pop from case expansion/contraction with this model, but I will need to test it longer to find out for sure. I can take some pics of the two units if anyone feels its necessary.

I am not capable of giving you a 100% certain answer on this just yet, let me play a few games that push the system's fan up (uncharted 2 and FFXIII usually did the trick with the 2001-A). Right now with each sitting side by side, the 3001's fan sounds like a very light humm and the 2001's sounds like a shhhh (I know this sounds silly but Im doing my best to tell you how it sounds :P). What I can tell you is that when I enter the room I predominantly hear the 2001-A over the new unit.

No they removed the LED backlighting from the actual buttons. The little green and blue LEDs are still there above the buttons, unless thats what your talking about. Like an above poster said the system looks off when playing a blu-ray.

As above right now it sounds like the 3001-A is quieter then the 2001-A I have right next to it as the 2001 is making most of the fan noise in the room (keeping in mind both are doing the exact same thing) Nope thats still there just the green wifi LED is gone.

Yes it is from the case expanding and contracting from extreme heat changes. The original Slim and the 2500 both get very hot likely due to the internal power supply as most of the units are hottest across the top back of the console. The 2500 that I have with me, when fully heated up separates slightly in the middle of the top of the back so that you can actually depress it about a centimeter or so due to the case expansion.

The good news is so far I have no cracking/popping from the 3001-A even after being on for 4 hours (for reference the other Slims I have owned and tested all started popping a hour after being turned on). With another user confirming that his does not pop either that may have (finally) engineered this out. Worth noting that you can get the older slims to pop less if you loosen the bottom screws a half/whole turn on each.

Yup the Xillia model was originally the first time we saw a 3001-A, the changes are not very noticeable in the pics they showed but you can see it has the indented SONY logo on the left side. Now that I think about it because the newer units removed more lights and the silver/clear accent piece around the buttons the console reminds me even more of the PS2. Pics incoming guys.

All I can tell you is that with both of them on for same amount of time while doing the same thing the 2501-A was louder then the 3001-A, in fact the 2501-A was all I heard when walking back into the room. I will be playing some games to test this more today, also despite a smaller fan the new unit does not get as hot to the touch.

Also worth noting that the blue LED above the disc drive eject button is no longer there, just the red/green above the power (did not notice this until now).

Agreed until I hear otherwise I do not notice any difference in the noise level on this newer unit, playing uncharted 2 now. This new unit has been on since last night and its nowhere near as hot as my previous slim nor does it seem any louder. Also still have not heard the annoying plastic pop after all this time.

Agreed about the finish, that's why I am glad they removed most of the remaining shiny plastic with this new model. Electronics get crappy looking too fast with a shiny plastic finish, also wiping said finger prints off leaves scratches which also look terrible. So which FW did it come with? 3.65

Ambient temp in the room is 79 to 80 F. Running Uncharted 2 now have been running background downloads and blu-rays. Fan noise remains un changed, is definitely not louder then the 2501-A (at least to my ears and I am putting my head right next to the system) sound is different though like I said earlier its more of a humm where the older fan was a shhh/whoosh type sound.

Also the system is a good deal cooler to the touch in the middle and rear of the console then the 2501-A I have.

Finally, Calimba has revealed that the new PS3 CHECH-3001A models come with OFW 3.65 and shared a picture of the Macronix MX29GL IC (below) confirming that this model utilizes the same pinout as previous revisions.

PS3 Slim Models CECH-3001A/B in North America, Comparison Pics

PS3 Slim Models CECH-3001A/B in North America, Comparison Pics

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#14 - oVERSoLDiER - February 22, 2011 // 11:07 am
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Hack proof would mean that they changed something inside the PS3 (hardware site) and not just 3.56 pre installed. Well, the reverse engineering start again !

#13 - rdurbin - February 22, 2011 // 7:30 am
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"The hack-proof SKU will be a slim PlayStation 3 model and will contain a 300GB hard drive as an incentive to purchase the hack-proof system

If sony was really smart they would also add ps2 compatibility to it, would probably cause a lot of people to run and get it. Not really worth it for hard drive alone as its not very hard to upgrade the hard drive and get get a much bigger drive.

#12 - inginear - February 22, 2011 // 6:38 am
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this is certainly interesting. so, this new "un-hackable" ps3 is why sony shelved some of the current ps4 development, i take it. while actually owing the products i buy is nice, i don't like where this may be going.

1. sony makes the ps3
2. hackers/crackers do their thing and open the ps3 software wise
3. sony makes a new ps3 with increased sofware protection
4. hackers/crackers do their thing with the new ps3
5. sony leaves the console market and focuses on games like sega
6. console gamers are then forced to buy either the m$ or nintendo consoles for the next generation

#11 - adrianc1982 - February 22, 2011 // 5:55 am
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I don't have an issue with this, really, i've had enough fun already with a hacked ps3 that I will gladly go back to a hackproof system. The system offers so much for so little, if the price drops here in america that would be super cool. A hacked console only makes sense for someone that eats content really fast or in this case games. When you are a grown up you get to play 5 - 6 games a year and buying them is part of the experience.

I know homebrew is really nice and all but people that want to get a hacked system will get it anyway, at one price or another. Stock on those current slims if you need all that homebrew, its probably a good idea.

#10 - Transient - February 22, 2011 // 5:39 am
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Maybe all firmwares will be signed with a new master key. And the new master key uses a proper implementation of the encryption algorithm. Still not hack proof, but it'd certainly make things much more difficult.

#9 - computers6 - February 22, 2011 // 5:07 am
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What are they going to do to this "hack-proof" system? Remove the USB ports? No more USB Dongles yay!

#8 - croft72 - February 22, 2011 // 3:27 am
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Having the current and old PS3 models replaced with a new one seems to be the an interesting but not new strategy. Sony has already done this far too many times with the PS2 and PS1. Be it the current firmware, new firmware or even newly designed hardware made to do the same thing the current PS3's do, it will be fully hacked by somebody sooner or later. Now whether or not that person makes a grand announcement on the internet for everyone (and Sony) to see is another story.

#7 - Vivificus - February 22, 2011 // 2:30 am
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If you can make it you can reverse engineer it. I hope it gets cracked open on release just to spite them for attempting.

#6 - barrybarryk - February 22, 2011 // 2:23 am
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yeah hack proof probably just means it'll come with 3.56 preinstalled.

#5 - spark32 - February 22, 2011 // 2:21 am
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Quote Originally Posted by optimusxcrime View Post
nothing is "hack proof" though..

ex. PSP GO (everyone remember how they marketed it as hack proof? well look at it now).