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150w ago - Today Japanese site PocketNews (linked above) reports a new PS3 Slim model (CECH-4000 / CECH-4001x) has been spotted registered on the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) site.

While there is little information on the new SKU, the FCC ID is listed as AK8CBEH19C1 and rumors suggest the new PlayStation 3 model may feature a top-loading disc tray similar to the one on the PS2 Slim.

El33tOnline.com also points out that PS3 Firmware 4.20 slightly changed the wording on the XMB from 'Eject Disc' to 'Remove Disc' when you press Triangle to bring up a disc-based game's option menu.. stating, "Sony released a PS2 Super Slim in 2008 that featured an internal power supply and was lighter than the original Slim model."

To quote, roughly translated: "You think AK8CBEH19C1 is FCC ID, so CECH-4001x model number in North America, and appeared in the model number called CECH-4000B or CECH-4000A in the country.

From a position to paste the nameplate has been published, the shape of the body as a CECH-3000 of the current model is so different.

I hate cheesy so becomes at once when the design was a top-loading or in the cost down.

Below are pictures from the PDF files of the CECH-4001x label location, CECH-3000 model label the current location and CECHA00 first model label location.

Note the image is for the confirmation of the position and label body shape, size comparison can not be so disparate body size for each model."

Product Name:

  • CECH-4001x*1 - Computer Entertainment System
  • DECH-4000Ax*1 - Debugging Station
  • DECH-S4000Ax*1 - Debugging Station for AV test

*1: It will be replaced by an alphabet denoting the different hard disk specification.
*2: The difference between DECH-4000Ax and CECH-4001x is software only.
*3: DECH-S4000Ax and DECH-4000Ax is same in specification, but DECH-S4000Ax is for AV test.

Finally, according to Develop-Online.net, it is also reported that Sony could unveil the new super slim PS3 model at German games industry consumer event Gamescom next month, however, as usual Sony has declined to comment.


New PS3 Slim Model (CECH-4000 / CECH-4001x) Registered at FCC

New PS3 Slim Model (CECH-4000 / CECH-4001x) Registered at FCC

New PS3 Slim Model (CECH-4000 / CECH-4001x) Registered at FCC

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#54 - niwakun - 140w ago
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I wouldnt be surprised if they removed the HDD totally. Were talking about Sony here.

#53 - crud26 - 140w ago
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I agree, not much you can do with 12 GB memory! At a higher price, I think not ! Will pass on this one if that's the case.

#52 - guedes666 - 140w ago
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stick bomb, another tool to explore

#51 - JOshISPoser - 140w ago
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maybe it has a better blu-ray drive that will tell games not to install? idk... like other comments, 12 gb is just so small. i mean, there are quite a few SEN games that are at least a gig.

#50 - PSPSwampy - 140w ago
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I thouht it was a typo and should have read either 12tb, 1.2tb or maybe even 120gb! NOT 12GB! lol

12gb is totally pointless, but then again it could be a hackers dream and be easily broken into - then if upgradable it might be a win for the scene!

- Wouldn't be surprised if it was on-line only and the 12gb was just for temporarily downloaded files though!

#49 - niwakun - 140w ago
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yep anything smaller than 40GB HDD are not recommended, specially that almost all games released today requires you to mandatory install the game on HDD first (unlike in xbox360 which is HDD copy is optional)

#48 - al3joxx - 140w ago
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Mine is 64 GB

#47 - Foo - 140w ago
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12 GB... Well that's about useless. Sony makes me laugh

#46 - RandalZM - 140w ago
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If it is equal or cheaper than the current one, has a slot for a hard drive and comes with a free month of Plus it'll kill Xbox and Wii U.

If it's more expensive and storage cannot be upgraded it'll be just a stupid move and a waste of money both for company and consumer alike.

#45 - hey69 - 140w ago
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its ideal for the young kids