Yes, it’s real.
Sony’s making the early holiday push with this slimmed down PStriple. It comes with a 120 gig hard drive and most of the features of the previous models currently on the market. More importantly, Sony must have something with thirds as it’s more than 30% smaller, lighter and uses a third less power than it’s fatter counterpart.
It’s biggest omission is the lack of an Ethernet port. So until further notice it looks like you’ll need wifi access to get online with it. While that’s an unfortunate design choice I think it looks much better than the old version. If history is any indication, it’ll replace the current PS3 models in stores in a couple of years like the PS2 slim and PSone before it. The PS3 Slim drops September 1 for $299.99.