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Just as we were all getting tired of the rumour mill which successfully pre-revealed Sony’s new slimmer PlayStation 3 console, yet another rumour has surfaced. PS3News has done some good old fashioned digging around and discovered that the the new 120Gb PS3 model was submitted to the US FCC regulatory body not by “Sony” but by “Sand Dollar Enterprise Inc.” which happens to share an address with Sony Computer Entertainment of America. No doubt this was to throw media off the trail – well played!

The 120Gb PS3 announced today sports the model number CECH-2000A, but  reviewing FCC documents, reveals another model, CECH-2000B, said to sport a 250Gb HDD. Too early to tell if this will hit the market (especially in New Zealand), but it is some food for thought for anyone needing a reason to hold off buying for now.

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Along with the trimmed down PS3 comes a new line of trimmed down games for the PSP, branded as Minis, these new games will be much like the smaller game varieties available on the larger consoles. A size limit of 100MB will be in place for these games to allow fast download and max storability. Sony is promising that more than 50 games will be available. The first titles will be available from October the 1st.

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It’s a bitter sweet day here at ButtonMasher, a PS3 is announced, an Admin is banned and perhaps, just perhaps, a little child needs wait no more. At GamesCon in Cologne Sony has announced that as of the first of September in most countries a Playstation 3 Slim console will be available. The slim will feature a 120gb hard drive which as per the current range is removable to be changed out for any other sized 2.5″ SATA drive you might wish to change it for. 2 USB ports on the front, with the Ethernet/HDMI/power/optical outputs at the back as per the current setup. To use the slim in an upright position a stand will need to be purchased separately.

I’ll update this post with the official New Zealand details as soon as a NZ specific press release is available. Images after the break.

Update: Cost has been confirmed by Sony as $629.95 with a release date of Sept the 3rd.

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Because Beatles RockBand and Singstar Abba aren’t enough, now it looks like Playstation owners will be offered another outlet to get their Beatle on. Sony, MTV, EA and the Beatles have teamed up to offer a Singstar version of the upcoming Rockband title. Details are a little slim at the moment but with GamesCom kicking off overnight expect some press releases in the morning.

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Logitech  today announced the Logitech® G27 Racing Wheel Specs. Designed to deliver the definitive sim racing experience for the PC and PLAYSTATION®3, the G27 features a powerful, dual-motor force feedback mechanism that smoothly and accurately delivers high-fidelity force effects to the hand-stitched leather wheel, so you can feel traction loss, weight shift, and  the surface of the road. The helical gears deliver exceptionally quiet steering action, virtually eliminating noise and unwanted vibration.

Full press release after the break.

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Rumours have been circulating for a while now that Microsoft was terminating the Pro model from the Xbox 360 line-up. Back in June, Ars Technica’s ever-reliable mole first suggested it, and subsequently photos started circulating of the side panel of new packaging Arcade consoles that had a new comparison matrix featuring only the Arcade and Elite models (where previously the Pro was included in this table).

There are now further rumours of a price cut to the Elite, bringing it down to the price of the current Pro model ($449 in New Zealand). All this would be welcomed of course, had it not then surfaced via several GameStop employees that the new Elite no longer comes boxed with an HDMI cable.

Oh well, at least it’s not nearly as bad as the PlayStation 3, which does not come boxed with ANY high definition cables. Or is it?

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Activision has hooked us up with three copies of Wolfenstein to give away. The game releases later this week and any gamer worth his salt already knows the history behind the franchise, even if they don’t get into the FPS genre. To win the game all you need to do is come up with an alternative title to Wolfenstien, the new title can also have a new theme. Example – Lichtenstein: A First Person Painter where an art professor must travel back in time to defeat the regime of an evil art hating dictator. Please note that Dragonstein can not be used as it was a topic in a previous podcast, also the name doesn’t need to use Stein, I am just not that inventive. Post away.

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The Secret of Monkey Island™. If you don’t know what it is, then run along now and set your Xbox 360 to download it from the Marketplace while you read this review. If you are a Monkey Island survivor, then I’m wondering what you are doing reading this review as I’m going to assume you’ve already purchased the Special Edition now available on XBLA (also available on PC via Steam).

The Secret of Monkey Island (original release 1990) takes me back into my childhood during a golden era of gaming. I had minimal exposure to text based adventure games, as I did not have the patience to endure the illogical, punishing difficulty of many of these games. Crashing a Police car because I didn’t walk around the vehicle to complete a mandatory safety check in Police Quest is one of the enduring reminders of why I hated such games. Call me soft if you will but I when I sit down with a game, it is not an open invitation to be tortured.

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