Today is official "Stop any plans to buy a PS3" day

Well, maybe not stop, postpone I guess.

Sony have announced the PS3 slim officially now. In stead of just the entire internet knowing it was on the way, we now have official confirmation and details.

It looks like this:

A bit uglier than the PS3 phat, and doesn't seem to have the nifty 'button but not really a button' thing that the phat has, but seem more than worth it for it being not such an epic monolith of a console. It is 33% smaller, 36% lighter, and consumes 34% less power than the old model. Sony says it will be on sale worldwide by the 1st of September, and that is will have all the features of the phat.

Price is a funny one. The release price of the Slim is £249.99. Right now the best deal on a 80gb Phat is £250 from Asda, with 2 games. RRP for the phat 80gb model is £299.99, but that is also being dropped to £249.99.

Which doesn't make much sense to me.

Picture the scene:
Customer: "I'd like a PS3 please?"
Salesperson: "Sure, that's £250, would you like the old 80gb phat model, or the new 120gb slim model"
Customer: "What is the advantage of the phat model?"
Salesperson: "Nothing really"

No one is going to buy the phat at the same price as the slim. I predict retailers will be wanting to clear out the old models as soon as possible.

I don't think anyone's major complaint with the PS3 was size, it was price. They are starting to do fix that (although it possibly could be too little too late for some people). Either way, don't buy a PS3 now, either wait for the Slim, or wait a little while and get a big saving on the phat. As always, I will be keeping an eye out for the best launch prices for the slim, and any good clearance prices on the Phat.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, PC - £23.99

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, PC - £23.99 delivered

Pay what you want for Championship Manager 2010.

You have until midnight on September 10th to preorder Championship Manager 2010.

Minimum is £2.51, so you can pay that if you want. Or you can choose to give them more money.

It's a bold move, and probably the best way they can go about getting attention away from the market leading database simulator "Football Manager". Lets see how it pans out.

Details here, pre order here.