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PS3 Slim Taiwanese Commemorative Launch Sets Unveiled 100°
299w ago - Kotaku (linked above) has revealed that some lucky Taiwanese people who purchased a PlayStation 3 Slim at launch received a unique bonus- commemorative launch sets.

Apparently Sony Taiwan gave away 150 of these special commemorative launch sets (pictured below) to 150 individuals who bought the PS3 Slim at launch.

To quote: "No, they didn't get those guys. Who wants stuffy businessmen when you can get other stuff? That's right other stuff.

Included in the...

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PS3 Firmware Update 3.0: Speed Test, PS3 Slim Fix & Extras 550°
300w ago - Even with the PS3 Firmware 3.0 official full changelog available, it appears there are some previously unmentioned extras surfacing in the update.

To begin, PSInsider (linked above) reports that an integrated connection speed test is now included... as pictured below.

To quote: "The first I noticed is a speedtest in the connection test. So next time you turn on your ps3, you can find what your ps3 is pulling down, and the upload speed too."

Next up,...

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PS3 Firmware 3.0 Full Changelog, Includes PS3 Slim Bootscreen 700°
300w ago - Now that Sony's PS3 Firmware 3.0 update is released, we have a full changelog available below to add to Sony's partial one.

Additionally, 51N15T3R has confirmed the new PS3...

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Videos: PS3 Slim is Slower Than the Original PlayStation 3? 750°
300w ago - As previously reported, we know that the the PlayStation 3 Slim uses half the power of its 'Fat' counterpart.

Now reports are coming out of the popular Japanese blog Ore-teki (linked above) that the PS3 Slim may actually be slower than its bulky predecessor.

Of course these differences may be caused by differences in harddrive, but in this case the maker of the video claims the same 7200RPM HDD is installed in each... which leaves room for firmware/hardware variations...

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PS3 Slim Uses Half the Power of 'Fat' PlayStation 3 Console 400°
300w ago - The PS3 Slim was reported as running on 34% less power than the previous 'fat' PlayStation 3 model, however, that figure is inaccurate.

CNET's Crave (linked above) decided not to take Sony's press releases at their word, and instead plugged a Slim into machines to test its actual power output. And their findings are a little surprising!

The Slim uses a lot less power than Sony have given it credit for. In standby mode, it's around 70% more efficient, while playing...

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Sony Explains PS3 Slim's Loss of OtherOS and Linux Options 400°
300w ago - Recently we learned that the PS3 Slim didn't lose the OtherOS and Linux functionality due to a security hole, however, many were left wondering why Sony ditched them.

Today, TheRegister.co.uk (linked above) has a definitive answer- to cut costs and be able to pass the savings on to the consumer.

To quote: "A forum response on Sony's official Linux for PlayStation 2 developer community sheds some new...

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XBox 360 Elite vs. PS3 Slim - $299 Price Point Console Showdown 650°
300w ago - With its new price tag and leaner form-factor, the PS3 Slim clearly offers great value.

Unfortunately Sony had to strip Linux support, backwards compatibility, and some memory card ports in order to get the price down.

But consumers still get a great gaming machine, free online support, and a competent Blu-ray player. There are also some intriguing services unique to Sony such as Home and PSP connectivity, which might entice some users.

The Xbox 360 Elite, even with a price drop to $299, still struggles to compete feature-for-feature. The most glaring omission...

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Video: PS3 Slim Bootscreen, Coming in PS3 Firmware 3.0? 700°
301w ago - Shortly following the PlayStation 3 Slim Teardown from earlier today comes a video of the new PS3 Slim's bootscreen.

It incorporates the new PlayStation 3 Slim font logo, and speculation has begun that it may be included in the PS3 Firmware 3.0 update that is scheduled to arrive on September 1, 2009.

If it's true, the question remains: Why in that version?...

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