Looks ugly as heck. It's nice that it's cheaper seeing how my Fat MGS4 80 Gig PS3 won't last forever and I can replace it without paying too much. Other then that i'm not interested in this ugly and cheap piece of machinery in the slightest. It's even fuglier than the first PS3 Slim if that were even possible.
It's not about fashion so much as function. It may not be easy on the eyes but it will be a heck of alot more reliable than the fats and even more than the current slim, and uses alot less power. After my OG 40gb had a psu failure, wifi board failure, and then finally the BR drive quit the only thing left was YLOD so I junked it, I got tired of buying parts and constantly fixing the jalopie. I'll be snatching up the 16gb model and doing my own upgrade but it doesn't really bother me if it looks ugly as sin, most consoles do.
If anything Sony did too good of a job when designing the case for the orginal PS3 fat. It looked like something out of their high-end Bravia line, with the fancy Piano Black glossy finish and chrome accents. Apparently the casing also cost Sony $30 per unit to manufacture. The PS3 Slim is something like I would normally expect a game console to look like, something functional and understated.
But now that we are near the end of this generation, the most important factor of all is price, it needs to get as low as possible to attract even more people to buy it. The acutual design of it isn't all that relevant, just that it works and is reliable....
Looks like it's apparently going to be a no-show at Gamescom if the rumors are anything to go by, on the bright side the 16gb is said to be legit (it wasn't a typo for 160gb) and will be the cheap entry-level console. There's a little more in the link below.
The 16 gb will be using a solid state drive so it will be faster and will make less noise, it's what they are using in next gen MacBook airs
They're going with onboard flash not a ssd according to rumors, which would be the way to go if they're really trying to save on cost. A 16gb ssd currently goes for about $40-$45 on newegg.
Dammit I just retired my original 80 gig ps3 and bought a new cech-3001a slim model. I love the fact that the power consumption is less and loads a little bit faster than the original model, but I still have a little problem with the fan on the cech-3001a I just bought.
Does anybody know if the fan on the cech-3001a is actually smaller than the cech-2001a? Would it make any difference if I switched it out with a fan that has more blades? I did follow logical dolphins guide with the original model but I just got tired with switching the parts and I really don't wanna spend $80 bucks knowing if the refurb parts will likely crap out shortly.
Oh, I should have mentioned I was talking about the Cech-3001a I just bought. Should have cleared that up and separated it to make it an entirely different question.
Back on topic though:
Its interesting to see that Sony is coming out with another model that will be more affordable then its predecessors. I'm just hoping that they do leave the option for customers to expand the memory storage even if it comes the 16gig on board flash memory.