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February 21, 2011 // 6:10 pm - Update: Today has spotted the new PS3 model CECH-3001A/B via the FCC site further confirming the previous report.

The new PlayStation 3 slim model will cut power consumption from 230W to 200W and weigh in at 2.6kg down from 3.0kg, however, it will not include PS2 compatibility.

According to Sony is preparing a sizeable PS3 price drop soon which will coincide with Nintendo's 3DS console release in March (although states Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter predicts June) followed by a new hack-proof PlayStation 3 console in development.

To quote: "My source, who also told me the NGP's price will be £250 in the UK, stated Sony has been preparing a price drop in the UK for quite some time now and are finally preparing to make said price drop to around £170 when Nintendo's 3DS console releases in March.

The price drop for the slim PS3 SKUs would mean a staggering price drop from the PS3′s original price will be witnessed; with the recommended retail price being £255.30." (linked above) also states that Sony is reportedly developing a hack-proof PS3 SKU, to quote:

"The hack-proof SKU will be a slim PlayStation 3 model and will contain a 300GB hard drive as an incentive to purchase the hack-proof system - the price of the SKU will be £186.99, my source informs me.

The scheduled launch is unsure at this time due to Sony seeing if they can win the battle in the courts against the root of all the PS3 hacks - George Hotz.

Sony is essentially trying to get rid of all the old SKUs with these price drops - and even their own price drop incoming possibly - so it makes way for their new hack-proof model."

PS3 Price Drop, New Hack-Proof PlayStation 3 Console Incoming

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#24 - doorman - February 22, 2011 // 10:17 pm
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Jeesh, whatever works for ya Sony, thanks for making a secondary system strictly for online play more affordable! I'm sure I along with everyone else will just throw our old systems away. Good luck on the unhackable part as well... you'll need it.

#23 - oldschool400 - February 22, 2011 // 9:46 pm
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Given $ony's past track record for protecting their assets vs customer satisfaction, I honestly wouldn't be surprised if they block psn access to current phat and slim models soon after the release of the 'hack proof' system, thus forcing people to spend MORE money to upgrade (some people who have JUST upgraded)

#22 - psychops3 - February 22, 2011 // 9:46 pm
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Sony doesn't know anything... yeah they don't actually with a jailbreak without a court will make the ps3 sales go up instead of being mule like the iphone and the ipod touch.

soon as they finish with Geohot he will may change his nickname and hide his identity(should do that before) and then boom a jailbreak wave on the new console. that's just my concept hehe..

#21 - Icepuppy - February 22, 2011 // 7:33 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by optimusxcrime View Post
nothing is "hack proof" though..

True, and this makes sense for Sony. We already know they have no intent of releasing a PS4 for some time, the PS3 was meant to be a 10 year console as mentioned recently by Sonys president. Why not release a "hack proof" version and see how it holds up. This is perfect research for PS4 and everyone knows a new PS3 would be a huge hacker target.

Bring it on, I'll be toasting marshmallows on the flames...

#20 - jokr2k10 - February 22, 2011 // 5:20 pm
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How can they use the 300GB Hard drive as an incentive for folks to buy this? They already have 320GB systems! You can CURRENTLY get a 320GB console that IS hackable... why WAIT on a system with a SMALLER hard drive? As technology advances, drive prices drop as well as other hardware prices... so, you save a few bucks by sacrificing some of your drive space? 20GB may not seem like much in PS3 terms, but hey, 20GB is better than nothing.. 20GB is what the cheaper PS3 came with when it was launched.

What I want to know is, why are they making such large hard drives for the systems anyway? I mean 320GB seems awful big for game saves, game installs and DLC... and even then, they allow you to install a different hard drive... Wait, maybe the NEW "Un-hackable" PS3s will do away with USB ports and non user removable hard drive... just what Sony needs to do, remove MORE features... take the Xbox360 route, offer MORE stuff, for the same price, not remove stuff... the "new PS3" will probably be the PSPGo of PS3s.

#19 - iloveyou - February 22, 2011 // 4:15 pm
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i think they release that hack proofed ps3 to watch out, how the system gets hacked next...and collect these infos for ps4, to make it much more secure... -.-

If you could copy the JIG 1:1... you can do what you want ? Why, don't copy it exactly 1.1 ?! of course, some reverse eng. is needed, but possible ?!

#18 - GrandpaHomer - February 22, 2011 // 1:22 pm
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Indeed - it's proven above any doubts, that both gaming industry as well as film / music one are going strong despite (if not thanks to) a "piracy"...

#17 - lodaman - February 22, 2011 // 1:10 pm
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Just looking at what PS3 Software represents in terms of revenue it is clear they will not leave this market due to some "hacked" PS3's:

#16 - daveshooter - February 22, 2011 // 12:58 pm
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I'm guessing the new firmware/PS3's will have a MD5 signature. Once the unit is ready, they MD5 it, save that number hidden in the system,then on boot it compares that number, and if anything has changed, it might shut the system down giving an error code, and advising you to contact costumer services.

As for them selling them off cheap in the UK, is great news. Now it makes it more in arms reach, to make a 5 screen games system. GT5 , wow

#15 - GrandpaHomer - February 22, 2011 // 11:49 am
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Self destruct antitampering device maybe? Or e-fuses...

One option would be to block running of any SW signed with the old keys but then you'd be not able to use any of the current games (BD based) unless they'll manage to run some additional authenticaton via PSN but this would be impossible for all those permanently offline PS3s...