New PS3 Slim Laptop

Making a PS3 laptop really wasn’t an “uncharted” course for me.

Here it is, a new PS3 Slim laptop and this time it’s black! With blue accents. Specs:

  • 17″ widescreen 720p HDMI display.
  • Built-in stereo speakers & headphone jack.
  • Compartment to store power cord. (left side bottom of unit)
  • Stylish pin striping to make games run at blast processing!
  • More air holes than a stock Slim, not that it really needs them (cough cough Xbox 360)

You can check out more pictures and video below. Remember, if you have a crazy idea and the money, I can make the time!

Photo Gallery

Rear view with the unit open. This one has a detachable HDMI cable so you can disable the built-in LCD and hook it to an external source.

Same view, unit closed. Once again I’m using McMaster-Carr friction hinges. Expensive, but they work great. Gone are the days of me “rolling my own” hinges. “Don’t build what you can buy” (except for pinball machines of course)

Headphone jacks are something often requested that I often forget to include. Not this time! Now you can play LAIR discreetly without disturbing others.

The shape of the main air vent is a direct result of me watching my “Iron Man” Blu-Ray too much. It also kind of has a “ying yang” look and – like most of my stuff – uses the number 42 and the Golden Ratio whenever possible.

The new stylish black look allows it to collect as many fingerprints as the original PS3! Now how much would you pay? Operators are standing by (in seats).

Front view. You can see the Blu-Ray slot, more air vents and USB connectors.

I can’t wait to get an Xbox 360 Slim. You know they’re coming. I went into Best Buy at opening the day the PS3 Slim came out and bought one before they were even put on the floor and took it apart 1 hour later. Same thing’s gonna happen with the Xbox 360 Slim.

PS3 Laptop Design Sketches

“Never Do On A Computer What You Can Start With Paper!”

Basic case concepts.

Largest part is the LCD screen so it dictates everything else. In the above sketch I’m figuring out the minimum extra space the case needs around it while still having screw fasteners and stability. But much like the windshield in a car, the LCD provides much of the stability itself.

Layout of the 4 buttons (volume up/down power & eject). As you can see, things like buttons & vents are not just haphazardly slapped into the layout. A lot, and I mean a LOT, of time is spent making sure everything is aligned, spaced and positioned in a harmonious way. This makes the layout pleasing on a subconscious level, I believe.

Yet MORE drawings where the air vents, buttons and “ying yang” swoosh are being aligned to each other. There is also the complication of not being able to put certain things where you want them because of components inside the case, so I have to work around that as well. If I do it well, you won’t notice.

Side view determining the depth / walls of the case.

Computer drawing of all the sketches. This shows all the components. For routing, these files are “taken apart” and put through the CNC machine piece by piece.

For more in-depth coverage of how this unit was put together, check out the Original PS3 Laptop “Making Of”.

103 thoughts on “New PS3 Slim Laptop”

  1. This is awesome. I loved the idea when you created the first one but this one beats it. Especially since you have included the headset jack and hdmi out capability. Does this just run on a power cord or is a battery built in as well? How much would you charge to create and ship one of these??

    Thank you,
    Ben

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  3. I would be interested in buying this puppy. Hit me at my email if you are selling it or point to an ebay auction. Thanks, excellent work.

  4. Heh. 360 laptops just aren’t as cool, that’s why. They’re big, chunky, and any games anybody wants to play are on the ps3 anyways.

  5. This is a good one, but where is jetpack? not good until jetpack inside.

    Well done. The bright blue looks fantastic against the black.

  6. would it be possible to include that chatpad somewhere for web browsing and the facebook features? that would be a “true” PS3 laptop combo. wish I had some of those mod skills.

  7. if i wanted one of these for myself , is there a way i can purchase or have one of my ps3s turned into one, without ME doin it, if i do it itll be a disaster

  8. Hey one question does this work on battery power or do you have to have a plug and also are you selling if so how much for the blue and black

  9. Please respond back to my message:
    Ever since i saw your video’s i always wanted to make one of these, but really do not have any time to build this so can i please buy that ps3 slim off of you; money will not be a problem, please just write me back because i was dreaming of the day someone will make one of these and it was a bigger dream to even have this in my possesion, so if it is not a problem with you, can we make a deal for me to have this?
    Thank you, i appritiate it and have a nice day. (and all of your other creations are simply amazing)

  10. Please respond back to my message:
    Ever since i saw your video’s i always wanted to make one of these, but really do not have any time to build this so can i please buy that ps3 slim off of you; money will not be a problem, please just write me back because i was dreaming of the day someone will make one of these and it was a bigger dream to even have this in my possesion, so if it is not a problem with you, can we make a deal for me to have this?
    Thank you, i appritiate it and have a nice day. (and all of your other creations are simply amazing)
    stay safe

  11. When a problem was discovered in Sony’s PS3 consoles, the company’s official response was lacking. Sony never tells you that most of the problems you encounter on your PS3 console is actually repairable by yourself.

  12. Hi Ben,

    I live near Madison WI, and was wondering if you would consider doing this to my PS3? If so, how much would it cost me? Would it be possible to get something like a laptop keyboard on the unit without making it too much larger? I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time but unfortunately I don’t have the skills required to do it. I understand people are always asking you to do this, but most of them are probably pretty far away. I saw in a video interview you did that you’re in WI, so it wouldn’t be that far. If you’re willing shoot me an email back, if not I understand.

  13. Ha Ben I was wandering if you could mod my ps3 with a USB and get me to 15 prestige on black ops and have the god mode speed hack UFO hack and unlimited care package hack for me on call of duty black ops please I am willing to pay $200.00 just tell me where you live to send the ps3 to you and send it back as soon as you mod my ps3 for black ops.

  14. hey if i can get all the information on how to get one that would be great and does it have a batery pack cause dat would be awesome. it would be cool if it still had a key board

  15. just an idea but…
    …how about a handle on the back so u can travel with it
    i mean, obviously you sill be, it’s a LAPTOP(slash ps3)
    just thought it’d be cool

  16. ME WANTZ FULL TUTORIAL!!!
    im planning on doing this this suummer
    im gonna need LOTS O HELP from u ben, n i mean LOTZ
    so a thorough how-to on the ps3 (SLIM) laptop would be very helpfull

    thankz ben

  17. hey ben,
    do you have any ps3 laptop slims available for sale. if so can you point me in the right direction. coming back home from deployment and would to catch up on all that ive missed

  18. This is A MUST HAVE!!!!!!! You need to work for SONY. It’s funny because I found out about this because some actually posted one of your pics on an auction site, stating that they were auctioning it off. Of course it got deleted (I’m glad)…but how much would something like this cost? Me and my husband would want one!

  19. Hi!! Ben My son love your show on ps3 laptop and xbox 360 laptop i wonder if you can make a ps3/xbox 360laptop in the same case if so i will like to see that and buyit and give you a xbox 360 and ps3 so u can buildit and if you need anything from me write back to me because i love to see that on your show before i go and have my knee done thank you for all the things you made on your show.

  20. So have u tried putting a ps3 and xbox360 together? That would be pretty cool. It might be easier to do it in laptop form.

    Thanks

  21. i think thoes r cool.i want to get one for my brother he is always goinging out of town..so we can play on line where ever hes at

  22. … how much? its must have, i mean im poor and still willing to pay for somethin like this… and do you plan to have backwards compatibily for a future design?

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