The Sony PS3 Slim is officially out for only $299.00. You now get a standard 120GB HDD that is easily replaceable, if 120GB is not enough for you. The biggest feature Sony deleted from the new PS3 Slim was Linux. Sarah Ewen of SCEE’s technology group had this to say:
Following the massive Sony GamesCom press conference confirming Sony's new model, GamesRadar US takes their new prize out of the box and into our monitors.
“The reasons are simple: The PS3 Slim is a major cost reduction involving many changes to hardware components in the PS3 design. In order to offer the OtherOS install, SCE would need to continue to maintain the OtherOS hypervisor drivers for any significant hardware changes – this costs SCE.
One of our key objectives with the new model is to pass on cost savings to the consumer with a lower retail price. Unfortunately in this case the cost of OtherOS install did not fit with the wider objective to offer a lower cost PS3.”