Though some lucky shoppers were able to get their hands on one a bit early, the svelte Sony PlayStation 3 Slim officially debuts at retailers this week.
For those that missed the news, the PS3 Slim ships with a new 120 GB hard drive and a trimmed down shape. At $299, it's also the least expensive PS3 ever. If all that isn't enough, PS3News.com reports that a 250 GB version could be in the offing based on a filing it found on the FCC's web site.
Some reviewers have already taken the PS3 Slim out for a test drive, and CNET and Gizmodo.com say that aside from the lower price, smaller profile and new drive capacity, the PS3 Slim and the old PS3 "Fat" are more alike than different.
Still, some hardcore fans will be disappointed to learn that Linux support has been ditched in the new console. One plus is the ability of the PS3 Slim to bitstream lossless audio (Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio) to receivers with their own decoders, though most experts say that the PS3's built-in decoders handle processing those audio formats just fine. We'll be updating our reports on Blu-ray players and video game consoles just as soon as more experts and users have had a chance to weigh in.