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Sony’s PlayStation 3 Slim

Do It Yourself: More Storage For Your PlayStation 3
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We used a new PlayStation 3 Slim 250 GB with software version 3.30, the latest update as of this writing. While earlier firmware versions allowed users to install a Linux distribution, this is no longer possible on firmware newer than 3.15. PlayStation 2 software is also no longer workable since late 2007, and the integrated card reader was dropped, as well. You now have to buy the reader separately (thanks for that, Sony).

The PlayStation 3 Slim is based on a 45 nm version of IBM's 64-bit Cell processor, which was designed to render graphics and decode video data. Cell is based on eight "Synergistic Processing Elements" (SPEs), together with a "PowerPC Processing Element" (PPE). Memory, bus, and interface are shared. For the PS3, the 3.2 GHz Cell processor was specified to run only seven SPE, most likely to increase production yields. Nvidia’s RSX 550, based on the NV47 (GeForce 7800), takes care of graphics, using an efficient 45 nm process compared to older 65 and 90 nm parts. Thanks to these evolutionary manufacturing updates, the PlayStation 3 Slim now uses only half the power of the initial PS3, stays below 100W, and is much quieter.

The box comes with gigabit Ethernet and wireless networking interfaces, Bluetooth (for the Dual Shock 3 controllers), and two USB 2.0 ports. That’s really not much connectivity when you have to run a slew of services and devices, including system backups, external storage devices, the PlayStation Eye camera, the PlayTV DVB-T tuner, and Sing Star microphones. Fortunately, you'll find wireless versions of many peripherals available.

While the console is no longer unreasonably expensive, we remain disappointed in its accessory bundle. Sony only includes a composite video cable with RCA audio connectors—not quite what you’d expect on a modern Blu-ray player. If you want to do it right, go for the HDMI port and/or use the digital audio output to link the console to your surround stereo.

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  • 27 Hide
    HibyPrime , June 7, 2010 6:46 AM
    PoisonerThats a lot of drama for a toy.


    This entire site can be described by that statement (albeit thats a pretty negative way of looking at it). I'm guessing you're new here?
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    LordConrad , June 7, 2010 6:47 AM
    You forgot something very important.

    The USB backup drive must be formatted as FAT32 or the PS3 won't recognize it. If you're using an external hard drive, you'll need to re-format it.
  • 18 Hide
    darthvidor , June 7, 2010 6:45 AM
    me: This article could have been better if a couple of HDD's were benchmarked in Linux.

    voices: ... Linux support was dropped ...

    me: curse you sony!!!
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  • 18 Hide
    darthvidor , June 7, 2010 6:45 AM
    me: This article could have been better if a couple of HDD's were benchmarked in Linux.

    voices: ... Linux support was dropped ...

    me: curse you sony!!!
  • 27 Hide
    HibyPrime , June 7, 2010 6:46 AM
    PoisonerThats a lot of drama for a toy.


    This entire site can be described by that statement (albeit thats a pretty negative way of looking at it). I'm guessing you're new here?
  • 21 Hide
    LordConrad , June 7, 2010 6:47 AM
    You forgot something very important.

    The USB backup drive must be formatted as FAT32 or the PS3 won't recognize it. If you're using an external hard drive, you'll need to re-format it.
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    dragonfang18 , June 7, 2010 7:04 AM
    Those screws for the HDD cage are really SOFT! Whats it made of clay? I could crush them with a pair of pliers!
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    matt87_50 , June 7, 2010 7:37 AM
    Oh!!! I have a completely unrelated Question!!!

    I'm using play tv to record stuff, and I want to be able to copy some of the files off of the ps3 so I can put them on my file server and other members of my family can play them from their rooms.

    it allows me to do this, you transfer the file from play tv to the ps3 system menu, and its in the video section just like any other video, and from there you can copy it off, i've been using an external hdd. BUT! external USB drives have to be FAT formatted, so you can only have files a maximum of 4 gig! so... how do I copy recordings bigger than 4 gig off of my ps3?
  • 13 Hide
    matt87_50 , June 7, 2010 7:43 AM
    fryeIf the PS3 is "one of the dominant products on the console market" yet is trailing the 360 and the Wii in sales, how exactly is it dominant?Good article anyways - I'd like to see a 360 version.


    people usually come back to toms articles long after they've been posted. maybe they are just future proofing :D 

    also, here is the 360 version:
    Do It Yourself: More Storage For Your Xbox 360:
    Go down to your local games retailer, buy the ridiculously priced Microsoft branded proprietary hard drive.

    (or... maybe you could just buy an external hard drive and leave it plugged in all the time, I don't have a 360 so I don't know what limitations there are with this.)
  • 3 Hide
    Anonymous , June 7, 2010 8:36 AM
    Be sure to use pliers to loosen the screws before using a screwdriver or they will almost certainly strip.
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    amnotanoobie , June 7, 2010 9:21 AM
    fryeGood article anyways - I'd like to see a 360 version.


    That's a pretty good way to get banned (unless you're getting the same model as what's inside MS are selling).
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    Anonymous , June 7, 2010 10:28 AM
    Please explain why most 750GB and 1TB drives won't work? Are they too hot or do they require too much power?
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    rhangman , June 7, 2010 11:32 AM
    So is the above
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    zybch , June 7, 2010 12:32 PM
    Hmm, I just upgraded my old 40Gb PS3 with a 250Gb drive and I never bothered or needed to do any of that stupid firmware backup/restore stuff.

    Just switched the drives over, turned the console on and that was that.
    Is the PS3 Slim even more crippled that I thought and doesn't have any kind of built in firmware/OS that stays in the console when the HDD is replaced?
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    thillntn , June 7, 2010 1:05 PM
    I don't really see the point, as I have a router with a usb port and share a 1tb drive over dlna on the 360 or the ps3. I have the fat version(3.15 :)  )I see this whole article as a advertisement for sony. Go to "that game store" and get a used fat for 50 more than a new one and just throw in a drive, all that backup stuff not needed that way :) . You will get all the features that the slim has, and alot more. Is there a reason why their stock price has slid since 3.21 firmware came out? :) 
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    americanbrian , June 7, 2010 1:19 PM
    I want to see someone upgrade their PS3 with an SSD. TAKE THAT LOAD TIMES. My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, Prepare to DIE!!
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    masterasia , June 7, 2010 1:21 PM
    This is news? I did this 3 years ago. If you're gonna backup your old hard drive you need third party software to create a FAT32 partition big enough to back up your stuff. Data transfer takes forever. Backing up 40 gigs of stuff takes 3 hours and transferring it back takes another 3 hours. If you're doing this, make sure you don't plan on playing any games for the whole day. I used a WD Black when I first got my PS3, it died within a week. Then I used a 320GB Seagate and it was been running good for 3 years+ now. 320GB is more than enough space. My content is only taking up like 80GB.
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    kelemvor4 , June 7, 2010 1:42 PM
    Not that it's a bad article but there's already literally hundreds of such articles on websites, including PlayStation.com

    Next week you might write an article to let us know there's an oil spill because I think it's been covered less than this topic.
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    flightmare , June 7, 2010 2:15 PM
    Next week x360 HDD upgrade guide? Isn't that hard either, but it requires a WD scorpio.
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    festerovic , June 7, 2010 2:37 PM
    americanbrianI want to see someone upgrade their PS3 with an SSD. TAKE THAT LOAD TIMES. My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, Prepare to DIE!!


    it's been done. Minimal speed increases, not worth the effort.
  • 0 Hide
    FSXFan , June 7, 2010 2:38 PM
    FSXFanThere ya go.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_ieXPLWJmE

    The web ate my link.
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