To silence the rumors of a Slim model, Sony officially announced it on August 18, 2009 at the Sony Gamescom press conference. It is a thinner redesigned version of the PlayStation 3 differs because its models are 120, 160, 250 or 320 GB of hard disk capacity. It has the same features and functions of the previous models, that is: Blu-Ray reader, two USB ports, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and HDMI. Its price in the European market was 299 euros.
With the launch of the PlayStation 3 Slim, it was also announced through a press release on the SCEI page the renaming of the name PLAYSTATION 3 to PlayStation 3 and a new “PS3” logo.
It is 32% smaller, 36% lighter and consumes 34% (CECH-20xx) or 45% (CECH-21xx) less than the fat model. The CPU was replaced by a 45 nm one, which allows it to remain cooler and quieter than the previous models, the cooling system was also redesigned. The RSX was changed to one of 40 nm.
PS3 Slim is also compatible with CEC that allows control of the console via HDMI with the TV remote control. This model no longer has the power switch, like the previous models, similar to the PlayStation 2 Slim. Support for the emulation of PS2 titles is not present in the Slim version, however, shortly after launch, Sony announced a new series of PS2 titles called “Classics HD” with remastered HD titles for the PS3 with trophies and, sometimes PlayStation Move compatibility.
It was officially released on September 1, 2009 in North America and Europe and on September 3, 2009 in Japan, Australia and New Zealand. In its first three weeks for sale, more than one million units are sold.
In July 2010, Sony announced two new capacities of 160 and 320 GB, the 120 GB model was discontinued in Japan. It began selling on July 29, 2010, in Japan, with the 160 GB version of the color “White Classic”, as well as “Charcoal Black”. It was later announced that the new sizes were going to be sold in other regions; the 160 GB model available in August 2010 in North America and October 2010 in Europe.
The 320 GB model was made available in North America only through a pack with PlayStation Move, a PlayStation Eye camera and the Sports Champions, and in Europe with PlayStation Move, a PlayStation Eye camera and a demonstration disc. They were put up for sale on September 19, 2010, and September 15, 2010, respectively, to coincide with the launch of PlayStation Move.