This cheaper, fitter there are 30-odd per cent cuts to size, weight and energy use - PS3 arrives at the perfect moment. Sony's console is in the middle of a long run of great games, some of them exclusives, while Blu-ray is established as the format of the future. The PS3 is a very powerful gaming machine - just stick on Metal Gear Solid 4 and marvel at the sheen and heft of the HD graphics - but it's a whole lot more than that.
As a Blu-ray player it's the equal of most decks in the Rs 16k-20k bracket. with support for DolbyTrue HD and DTS-HD formats, albeit only via an external amp. The Slim also brings a fantastic, optimised version of BBC iPlayer, extending the PS3's lead as a home entertainment hub. The XrossMediaBar glides you through photos, web browsing, music and content streamed over your home network via built-in Wi-Fi.
For hardcore gamers, the PS3 still comes up short. but not by much. Games such as Call of Duty are just better on Xbox Live, but the online PS3 experience has improved dramatically, and there's no monthly subscription to pay. When it comes to killer titles, Sony has also fought back strongly. It's secured key games as cross-platform releases and added A1 exclusives such as Gran Turismo as well as cultier faves like Little Big Planet. If you've already got a PS3, there's no reason to upgrade to the Slim, but those who've been waiting for the price to come down and the software to improve should dive right in.