PlayStation 3 Slim Teardown Shows Optical Drive Taking Up a Load of Space

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iFixit has a teardown of the PlayStation 3 Slim. What did iFixit find? That the Blu-ray optical drive still takes up an assload of space.

Sony can shrink down the other parts, but it's hard to shrink something that needs to work with a fixed size component (the Blu-ray discs). However, the logic board and everything else does seem smaller, maybe to make room for that massive fan. [iFixit and Rapid Repair]

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Update: Rapid Repair's doesn't seem to be up yet for some reason.

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I'm still LOVING my PS2 slim. What's interesting is that the PS2 slim had more improvements over the original version than the PS3 including the modem, which was huge and expensive originally.

Could there be a PS3 slim(er) in a few years? If they made the hard drive flash memory, the size of a Pro Duo memory stick (entirely feasible in 2 - 3 years). Whittle down the logic board. Improve the processor so that it can use a smaller fan... They could get it down to the size of a Mac Mini.