Sony has slimmed down the PlayStation 3

A new model of the Sony PlayStation 3 -- first unveiled at the Tokyo Game Show last week -- went on sale yesterday. Some gamers out there might be a bit miffed that there's no sign of PlayStation 4, but here are a few reasons why this is a great time to go back to the future and buy the new PS3.

Size Matters

Let's face it: the bulky original PlayStation 3 fit into your entertainment center about as well as a small air conditioner. The 2009 slim edition helped take it down to size, but the new super-slim version is about 20 percent smaller and 25 percent lighter than the 2.0 edition. It's sure to fit way more neatly under your television.

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Bundled up

But what about the freebies you ask? The new 250 GB PlayStation 3 hit shelves yesterday for $270 as part of a bundle featuring 'Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Game of the Year' edition, one of the must-play exclusive titles for the system.

The package also includes access to new online multiplayer shooter “Dust 514” and a voucher for $30 of bonus content. Meanwhile the 500GB PlayStation 3 will be available in North America in a limited edition “Assassin's Creed III” bundle on October 30.

Don't Wait on the PS4

If you're planning on holding out for inevitable release of the PlayStation 4, well, hope you have a lot of 1,000-page books to read in the meantime. A PlayStation exec recently told GameSpot that Sony will continue to support the PS3 until at least 2015. That means we likely won't see the fourth Sony console for at least two years.

It's Still Awesome

Sure, at six years old, the PlayStation 3 might be older than your pet dog, but it's aged like fine wine. It's got Blu-ray compatibility (still the best way to watch movies), a built in wireless internet adapter, and enough memory to allow you to download lots of movies, music, games and other DLC.

Games, Games, Games

Speaking of games, there are over 750 games available on PlayStation 3 and that's not including the hundreds of downloadable titles. The dirty secret of game development is that games tend to get better as systems get older and programmers and designers have had lots of time to learn the nuances of the consoles. That's why games like 'Uncharted' and 'Call of Duty' only seem to improve over time.

So go ahead and jump in, gamers, the PS3 water is just fine.

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