Sony has launched new colour options for the Super Slim PlayStation 3. The console is now available in white, red or blue, besides the usual black option. The consoles come with matching DualShock 3 controllers of the same colours and are available for Rs 23,490.

Sony had launched the new PS3, which is slimmer than the previous models, back in November. The new PS3 is available in two variants—one with a built-in 500GB HDD and another with 12GB flash memory. The internal design architecture has been completely redone in the new PS3. The internal volume and weight of the new PS3 has been reduced by more than half of that of the first PS3 model. 

The Azurite Blue coloured PS3

The Azurite Blue coloured PS3

Instead of the previous versions’ front-loading disc slots, the Super Slim PlayStation 3 opts for a mechanical slide-open, top-loader for discs. While the sliding door has been corrugated for better grip, we found it had a lot of play and was prone to accidental opening when the console's moved around, thereby exposing the lens to dust and moisture.

The Garnet Red coloured PS3

The Garnet Red coloured PS3

With the extra HDD capacity, which has been extended from the 320GB and 160GB capacity of the previous models, users can store more content on the new PS3.

We got our hands on the Super Slim PlayStation 3 when it was first released, and you can check out our review to see if the console is worth buying. The button layout on the console has been drastically revised and deliberately does away with the large, conspicuous power and ejects buttons found on the Slim; the buttons now blend seamlessly with the front fascia. The rear is quite similar to the predecessor, with Ethernet, HDMI, optical (S/PDIF) and AV multi-out ports situated next to the AC power input.

The Classic White coloured PS3

The Classic White coloured PS3

We found no difference in performance between the Slim and the Super Slim. The 2X Blu-ray, 8X DVD and 24X CD-ROM read speeds are on par with the prior model, and therefore we noticed no change in the Blu-ray load times either. The Super Slim, however, is noticeably quieter than both the Fat and the Slim versions. Just like its predecessors, swapping hard drives is allowed, but the Super Slim makes a very easy job of it thanks to easier access to the HDD. However, at the end of the day, the PlayStation 3 Super Slim remains a cosmetic redesign of what's essentially seven-year-old hardware.

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