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K-Mart Leaks PS3 Slim Release: August 24, $299

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 47 comments

Hot on the heels of a poster that, if genuine, shows FYE is about to cut prices of the PlayStation 3 by $100 is an update to K-Mart's website which details a new PS3.

One visit to the K-Mart homepage will give you a nice big, in-your-face banner that displays K-Mart offers. "All on sale, Kenmare small kitchen appliances!" "All on sale, up to 20 percent off tents, canopies, grills and screen houses!" and "The Rumors are Reality. New Exciting PlayStation 3. Pre-order Now." Say what?


Click it and 'lo and behold, a placemarker for the PS3 Slim with a release date for August 24 and what looks like a $299 price tag.


Sony has a press conference planned for today at 12:00 ET. Can you smell the excitement?

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    chuckdalton , August 18, 2009 1:16 PM
    Will there be a chubby version for plus size guy like me?
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    doped , August 18, 2009 12:58 PM
    uhh.. hopefully the normal ps3 will get a fair pricecut.. could be the time to get me one of those machines..
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    leafblower29 , August 18, 2009 1:01 PM
    I might actually get one. But will the slim have heat issues?
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    E7130 , August 18, 2009 1:10 PM
    dopeduhh.. hopefully the normal ps3 will get a fair pricecut.. could be the time to get me one of those machines..


    Probably not, hence they are releasing a cut-down version at a lower price point. So.. whats the problem? they would be giving the public what they want, a cheaper console.
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    Anonymous , August 18, 2009 1:14 PM
    My only question will be what are they chopping out to cut prices.
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    chuckdalton , August 18, 2009 1:16 PM
    Will there be a chubby version for plus size guy like me?
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    Zenthar , August 18, 2009 1:20 PM
    thisbymasterMy only question will be what are they chopping out to cut prices.
    The various manufacturing size improvements going from the original 90nm to 32nm now has cut the manufacturing cost by as much as 70% since launch ... that is how they cut price. Moreover, smaller boxes mean lower shipping costs. But if you look at this news, 399$ for the 160GB version then yes, you can wonder if the new slim version won't be just some "XBox 360 Arcade" version of the PS3.
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    JMcEntegart , August 18, 2009 1:21 PM
    E7130Probably not, hence they are releasing a cut-down version at a lower price point. So.. whats the problem? they would be giving the public what they want, a cheaper console.


    Au contraire, FYE apparently has a poster up advertising a price cut. http://www.tomshardware.com/news/FYE-Poster-PS3-Pricecut-100,8475.html
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    Anonymous , August 18, 2009 1:24 PM
    I'd still pass it up for a 360, higher def games(PS3 is mostly 720p), larger selection of games too, netflix, better multi-player network, better warranty... that and the fact that more and more companies quit on the system every day because of its architecture. liked the ps1 loved the ps2, avoided the ps3 just like i avoided the original xbox, until i found out you could mod it into a linux box :) 
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    eklipz330 , August 18, 2009 1:33 PM
    i called the slim rumor back when it was first announced... and than they denied it. theyre terrible at keeping secrets

    i also called the price cut. but i kind of want them to keep their prices up so activision stops support, boy i hate activision
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    Dave_69 , August 18, 2009 1:36 PM
    PS3 or Diet PS3 - still too expensive, methinks.
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    Anonymous , August 18, 2009 1:36 PM
    No...what they are giving us is sh*t in a silver can. It's outdated hardware at a price it should had been back in 2006. After 3 years on the market the PS2 was not still at $300. That was the launch price which I gladly purchased the very first day it came out. I still have not bought a PS3 and I don't think I ever will. I choose not to be a mindless follower and buy into the ignorant smoke and mirror act Sony has been playing for way too long. I would rather take that $300 and go buy a couple of video cards for the gaming rig.
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    idisarmu , August 18, 2009 1:40 PM
    forensics_guyI'd still pass it up for a 360, higher def games(PS3 is mostly 720p), larger selection of games too, netflix, better multi-player network, better warranty... that and the fact that more and more companies quit on the system every day because of its architecture. liked the ps1 loved the ps2, avoided the ps3 just like i avoided the original xbox, until i found out you could mod it into a linux box


    no console so far has played at >720p. almost all games are internally rendered at 600p or something like that and then scaled up to whatever resolution your TV is.
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    mlopinto2k1 , August 18, 2009 1:47 PM
    chuckdaltonWill there be a chubby version for plus size guy like me?

    Enough of your comedian act! LOL - Seriously though, I am gonna piss my pants.
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    daship , August 18, 2009 1:52 PM
    Keep trying Sony, it still to much. Try knockin off another $100 then watch them disappear from shelves.
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    matt_b , August 18, 2009 2:01 PM
    Finally at the price point it should have been at to compete at launch......three years ago.
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    Roffey123 , August 18, 2009 2:05 PM
    excellent, I may not get the Slim but this will definately allow me to get a PS3 for a reasonable price.
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    zelannii , August 18, 2009 2:06 PM
    OK, so the price is now $299, that's 1 mark off my checklist towards purchase.

    Now:
    1) where's my emotion chip/PS2 backward compatabiltiy engine?
    2) will it ship with HDMI by default instead of progressive cables, finally?
    3) Wireless N anyone?

    Also, with the slim coming out for $299, why is everyone advertising the non-slim for the same price? I'd think it would suddenly be LOWER in price than the new unit that is smaller, uses less power, and comes with a more advanced processor... What has Sony cut from it (again) to make it the same value at thhe previos ond-n-busted PS3?
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    Burodsx , August 18, 2009 2:15 PM
    Matt_BFinally at the price point it should have been at to compete at launch......three years ago.


    Agreed, now if another $100 would fall off I might actually buy one... Unless I decide I want a blu-ray player out of the... blue!
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    fooldog01 , August 18, 2009 2:26 PM
    It's funny because everyone forgot K-Mart existed until right now.
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    griffed88 , August 18, 2009 2:33 PM
    I think $299 is a fair price, buuuuttt the 360 has pretty much better everything, especially when it comes to online multiplayer. I also have a gaming pc and all the games that i'd want to play on the 360 i already have for my pc. So maybe a ps3 with a blu-ray player and some good jrpg's might be what I need. i dont know....
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