Sony unveils super slim PlayStation 3

by Christopher MacManus
September 18, 2012 10:56 PM PDT VIA [CNET]

The newest PlayStation 3 on the block. (Click to enlarge.)

(Credit: Sony Computer Entertainment America)

Sony unveiled a smaller, lighter PlayStation 3 at the Tokyo Game Show on Wednesday, a redesign of its aging console that sports a thinner look and larger hard drive capacities.

Two flavors of the redesigned PS3 arrive this fall in the U.S.: a $269 250GB super slim PS3 option lands on September 25 that includes Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (game of the year edition) and downloadable content for Dust 514; a $299 500GB slimmer PS3 version sneaks in on October 30 and comes bundled with Assassin’s Creed III.

The new PS3 comes to the U.S. first in a 250GB Uncharted 3 bundle. Take note of the new silver stand for vertical placement. (Click to enlarge.)

(Credit: Sony Computer Entertainment America)

According to the PlayStation blog , the new PS3 design sits 20 percent smaller and 25 percent lighter than the existing model. Officially, the super slim PS3 weighs 1.1 pounds less than its predecessor and loses several inches in depth and height. Think of it as a lovechild between the previous two hardware iterations. The aesthetics appear rather low-key, with minor gloss near the edges and a ridged top panel. For the first time, the new PS3 does not use a slot-loading disc drive but instead a sliding door panel to top load discs. Another key change includes the overall power consumption, which drops from 200W to 190W.

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In other territories, gamers can buy the aforementioned packages on September 28, with an additional option for a super slim PS3 that contains a 12GB flash hard drive (and room to expand via an official mounting bracket). No word if that SSD-equipped model arrives in the States, which seems unlikely as it went unmentioned by PlayStation’s U.S. arm. We also spotted a white super slim PS3coming to Japan in late November with no word of release outside of Sony’s motherland.

The emergence of a slimmer PS3 verifies a leak from the Brazilian FCC that emerged in July , which also accurately stated the hard drive capacities that arrived today.

The super slim PS3 definitely toned down a bit, coming in at 11.4 inches wide by 2.36 inches tall by 9.05 inches deep. Compare that to the PS3 slim’s dimensions of 11.4 inches wide by 2.55 inches tall by 11.4 inches deep. (Click to enlarge.)

(Credit: Sony Computer Entertainment America)

SOE accounts hacked.. again.

Hackers compromise 33,000 SOE accounts

MMO industry, Legal, Miscellaneous

Sony’s hacking woes continue today, as intruders today have attempted — and, in some cases, succeeded — to access the giant corporation’s accounts. Chief Information Security Officer Philip Reitingerposted a letter on several SOE forums informing players that their accounts may have been compromised.

The good news is that less than 0.1% of Sony’s entire playerbase has been affected. The bad news is that that leaves around 33,000 SOE players — in addition to Sony Entertainment Network and PlayStation Network customers — whose accounts were hacked. Following the intrusion, Sony temporarily locked the accounts and is investigating the situation.

"Only a small fraction of these 93,000 accounts showed additional activity prior to being locked," Reitinger said. He assured customers that credit card numbers were not leaked and that any purchases made during this intrusion will be restored. SOE customers with locked accounts will receive an email with instructions on how to validate their credentials and restore their service.

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How PS3 users can protect their rights

If you want to carry on using your PS3 online, you’ll have to give up some important legal rights — unless you read the small print and take action. 

One of the perhaps inevitable outcomes of April’s Playstation Network hacking scandal, and Sony’s delays in revealing that personal data had been compromised, is that several class action lawsuits have been filed. For those not familiar with the concept, class action is a request that, if granted by a court, means that a case can have a single lead plaintiff but anyone held to be in similar circumstances can be attached without having to launch their own action. If the plaintiff prevails, those attached can get damages on the same basis. It’s a set-up that corporations are very wary of as it means people are not deterred from the costs and hassle of legal action, and the potential payouts can add up to a fortune.

Sony has decided it wants to head off any future class action lawsuits by simply making legal action out of the question. To that end it’s demanding all users agree to a new condition stating: 

If you have a Dispute with any Sony Entity or any of a Sony Entity’s officers, directors, employees and agents that cannot be resolved through negotiation within the time frame described in the “Notice of Dispute” clause below. Other than those matters listed in the Exclusions from Arbitration clause, you and the Sony Entity that you have a Dispute with agree to seek resolution of the Dispute only through arbitration of that Dispute in accordance with the terms of this Section 15, and not litigate any Dispute in court. Arbitration means that the Dispute will be resolved by a neutral arbitrator instead of in a court by a judge or jury.

In other words, if you think Sony’s breached your contract or otherwise screwed you over, you must go to arbitration: by agreeing the new conditions you give up your right to go to court.

There are several key limitations. It appears the new conditions are only being used in Canada and the US. There’s potential for a legal challenge if anyone is able to successfully argue that online play is part of the deal when you buy a PS3 (meaning you have the right to continue using the service under the existing terms and conditions, though you’d give up the right to new features.) And Sony’s wide-ranging definition of a “Dispute” likely wouldn’t hold up: for example, it attempts to exempt itself from court action over breaches of criminal law such as fraud.

Customers must tick to agree the new conditions before continuing to use the service, but there is a 30 day opt out period. While you’d think that a fair system would mean that if you can click to agree, you can click to withdraw your agreement, but it’s not that simple. Instead you must mail a letter to SNEI, 6080 Center Drive, 10th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90045, marked “Attn: Legal Department/Arbitration.” The letter has to contain your name and address, PSN account number, and confirmation that you do not agree to resolve all disputes via arbitration.

If you want to take advantage of this option, there’s a template letter available on Google Docs.

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Or you could just get an Xbox 360. 

 

Playstation Home revamp…

I find it funny that Sony is revamping Home to be more like an MMO.  Something that should have been done in the first place.
the revamp is to include game themed zones where you will take part in an over-arching storyline along with treasure hunts and other social gaming aspects.    hopefully you can ride the rides in the amusement Park area when the update goes live this fall.

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Rock Band: Def Leppard 6-pack featuring Pro Guitar upgrades for every track! [HQ] (1)

Def Leppard 6-pack featuring Pro Guitar upgrades for every track!

Def Leppard has a new album and is touring now! To celebrate we present 5 classic Def Leppard scorchers and 1 brand new song from the party metal legends! Download

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for the 5 people that are still playing. 🙂   Also.. shouldn’t the drummer model for these tracks only have one arm?