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September 14, 2012 // 11:40 pm - Following up on our previous PS3 Slim Model (CECH-4000 / CECH-4001x) and PS3 Slim (CECH-4000 / CECH-4011x) articles, today European site GameReactor (linked above) reports of a new 12 GB PS3 Slim console coming in October, 2012 according to a German online retailer.

While pricing isn't confirmed yet, the upgraded flash memory PlayStation 3 consoles are expected to cost slightly more than the current generation models. Below are the details, to quote:

"A German online retailer confirmed via Facebook that in October a new PS3 with 12GB of flash memory will appear. More information on the console has not been provided.

It was speculated long ago that Sony would release a new version of the PS3. Sources are indicating that this PS3 will possibly have an even smaller box than the PS Slim, meaning a new ultra-slimline design is on the way. We're also expecting a hike in price, although no figures are available.

Sony's German PR chief Guido Alt commented that he knew nothing of the existence of such a console, when questioned by Gamereactor. But with Tokyo Game Show just around the corner, and with Sony holding a press conference next Wednesday, we'll likely know more in the very near future."

New PS3 Slim 12 GB Model Coming in October Says German Retailer

New PS3 Slim 12 GB Model Coming in October Says German Retailer

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#14 - HeyManHRU - July 13, 2012 // 11:45 pm
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Seems like they've been "downgrading" their PS3 ever since, they've removed 2 USB ports and backwards compatibility. By the time this new PS3 is released the next generation of consoles will probably only be 1 year away making this cheaper since no one wants to spend their money on a console that will be discontinued soon.

When the PS4 is released this will become even cheaper. Hopefully around $100 (or less) like the PS2 today, I think they're just planning to make a slimmer PS3 to interest people in buying a PS3 even though the PS4 is on its way to make a bit more money of the system like they have with the PS2.

#13 - elser1 - July 13, 2012 // 9:18 pm
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bring on ps4 sony.

#12 - CJPC - July 13, 2012 // 8:15 pm
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Let alone, that thing is ugly. Furthermore, are those grooves on the top? Think of the original xbox, how hard it was to get clean those, especially used ones!

#11 - niwakun - July 13, 2012 // 7:23 pm
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top loading disc is much more vulnerable for swapping discs. although Blu-Ray disc is not vulnerable anymore for ToC based exploit (aka, swap disc)

#10 - PS4 News - July 13, 2012 // 7:22 pm
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Thanks for the update oVERSoLDiER, +Rep and I have now mainpaged the news as well!

#9 - oVERSoLDiER - July 13, 2012 // 6:21 pm
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Following up on our previous article, today some new PS3 Model (CECH-4000 series including a CECH-4011B and CECH-4011C) photos have surfaced which appear to include a possible 16 GB version.

There seems to be newer PlayStation 3 consoles to come. On the Brazil equivalent site to the FCC (ANATEL) was an CECH-4011 registered with the special specifics that there is also a 16 GB model (also like the 250 GB and 500 GB) available.

Check the attachments for the official .PDF files (HERE or HERE - Mirror) which unveil further information and to quote from (linked above) roughly translated:

"Whenever I make a visit to the famous SGCH Anatel, the system that are published in the latest devices approved for sale in Brazil. We've had some leaks in this important system in the past and now it seems is one of those days.

On the afternoon of Friday found that at the end of last month which seems to be a new model of PlayStation 3, with capacities of 250, 500 and even a 16 GB has been certified by a laboratory and published in the system.

The list of files available on that link, along with a batch of statements or omission of Sony that were conveniently published yesterday. But as always, the photo files were available on the external server for all to access.

We have information that Sony has no plans to sell the products in the country. Although the new models have been approved by Anatel, the national body responsible for this activity., The idea of the company is continuing with the current models without modifying the portfolio for 2012.

The new model PS3 has an obvious difference in design, as you can see from the photos. The certificate does not speak from the bowels of the apparatus and therefore there is no telling what else has changed, but cites that as previous models, it comes with support for Bluetooth and WiFi 802.11b / g (and that was why he had to go Anatel).

Amid the files there is also published a "letter of similarity" (you can see below) sent by a Sony executive who says that all models that have been submitted for certification are all identical except for storage capacity. And in that letter that cites the executive models, which use codes CECH-4011A, and 4011B-CECH CECH-4011C, have respectively 16, 250 and 500 GB capacity.

Recently a new model of the PlayStation 3 had been approved by the FCC, the U.S. equivalent of the FCC, but there is no requirement for photos. Perhaps this model that was approved by the FCC is the same as was approved, but there is no way to know for now.

The point at which we can speculate is that the 16GB model can be a cheaper option than the Sony console and will offer in Brazil soon or not. Perhaps to compete with the XBox 360 4 GB?

Sought by Tecnoblog, Sony has not commented on Brazil's leaking."

Finally IGN uploaded a short video about this, for the lazy people.

Update: VG247 now reports that while the PS3-4000 won't make Gamescom this year it does indeed exist, will include a 16GB Flash and speculate a reduced price tag.

To quote: "A VG247 source has claimed that Sony will not announce PS3-4000 at its gamescom press conference on August 14.

PS3-4000, the latest, slimmest version of Sony’s current console, will not be announced at the main Sony Gamescom press conference on August 14, VG247 has been told.

A Gamescom reveal had been planned, but stock levels of the current build are said to be too high for Sony to move onto what is probably the last take on PS3 before PlayStation 4 is announced next year.

In addition, a source today said that the rumoured 16Gb version of PS3-4000 is in fact real, and is based on Flash memory. There was some confusion surrounding the figure, which originated from Anatel, the Brazilian Agency of Telecommunications, with many assuming it was intended to read 160Gb.

The new model will stack up against Microsoft’s 4Gb Flash-based Xbox 360. As the 16Gb PS3-4000 will have a flip-lid disc input and low-capacity storage, we’ve been told today that the announcement “may” be accompanied by a huge price cut, with the entry version potentially dropping as low as £99.

We’ve since been told, however, that there are no plans for a £99 PS3. In addition to the 16Gb version, 250GB and 500GB options have been rumored. First apparent images of the device emerged in mid-June."

Update #2: According to piteru (via the new PS3 model (CECH-4000) will be unveiled at Tokyo Game Show with a launch on end of September along with a FIFA 13 bundle.

To quote: "i can confirm that in tgs the new ps3 model will be released. 28/9 probably the first bundle with the 500gb hdd along with fifa 13 in europe. second bundle to be released later. you can quote me / thank me or ban me if it turn out to be wrong. cannot specify my source. can laugh at me also for being junior member or anything else. tgs new ps3 model"

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#8 - StanSmith - July 5, 2012 // 9:46 pm
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Wonder what they removed from that version.

I got the first slim and the latest slim and there are so many things removed like the DVD light. I can't see if there is a disc in the unit or not as there isn't a light to tell you so in the new version.

I guess this one will be missing a power light and maybe only 1 USB.

Sony totally suck when it comes to updating things.

#7 - NTA - July 5, 2012 // 8:26 pm
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Maybe the top loading will lead o some kind of exploit or maybe it's a hint a backwards compatibility

#6 - dsavage - July 5, 2012 // 7:43 pm
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lol top loading... sony wants to go back to 1995 ? lol.

#5 - smokyyuwe - July 5, 2012 // 6:12 pm
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Waste of money with PS4 coming around in a year or so, the top loading thing makes me feel nostalgic and is a neat idea. At the end of the day though, unless they provide something even better (top loading and a disc changer), I will have to pass.