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February 21, 2011 // 7:10 pm - Update: Today WirelessGoodness.com 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 StingyGamer.com Sony is preparing a sizeable PS3 price drop soon which will coincide with Nintendo's 3DS console release in March (although IndustryGamers.com 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."

EverythingHQ.com (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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#14 - oVERSoLDiER - February 22, 2011 // 5:07 am
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Hack proof would mean that they changed something inside the PS3 (hardware site) and not just 3.56 pre installed. Well, the reverse engineering start again !

#13 - rdurbin - February 22, 2011 // 1:30 am
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"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

If sony was really smart they would also add ps2 compatibility to it, would probably cause a lot of people to run and get it. Not really worth it for hard drive alone as its not very hard to upgrade the hard drive and get get a much bigger drive.

#12 - inginear - February 22, 2011 // 12:38 am
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this is certainly interesting. so, this new "un-hackable" ps3 is why sony shelved some of the current ps4 development, i take it. while actually owing the products i buy is nice, i don't like where this may be going.

1. sony makes the ps3
2. hackers/crackers do their thing and open the ps3 software wise
3. sony makes a new ps3 with increased sofware protection
4. hackers/crackers do their thing with the new ps3
5. sony leaves the console market and focuses on games like sega
6. console gamers are then forced to buy either the m$ or nintendo consoles for the next generation

#11 - adrianc1982 - February 21, 2011 // 11:55 pm
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I don't have an issue with this, really, i've had enough fun already with a hacked ps3 that I will gladly go back to a hackproof system. The system offers so much for so little, if the price drops here in america that would be super cool. A hacked console only makes sense for someone that eats content really fast or in this case games. When you are a grown up you get to play 5 - 6 games a year and buying them is part of the experience.

I know homebrew is really nice and all but people that want to get a hacked system will get it anyway, at one price or another. Stock on those current slims if you need all that homebrew, its probably a good idea.

#10 - Transient - February 21, 2011 // 11:39 pm
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Maybe all firmwares will be signed with a new master key. And the new master key uses a proper implementation of the encryption algorithm. Still not hack proof, but it'd certainly make things much more difficult.

#9 - computers6 - February 21, 2011 // 11:07 pm
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What are they going to do to this "hack-proof" system? Remove the USB ports? No more USB Dongles yay!

#8 - croft72 - February 21, 2011 // 9:27 pm
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Having the current and old PS3 models replaced with a new one seems to be the an interesting but not new strategy. Sony has already done this far too many times with the PS2 and PS1. Be it the current firmware, new firmware or even newly designed hardware made to do the same thing the current PS3's do, it will be fully hacked by somebody sooner or later. Now whether or not that person makes a grand announcement on the internet for everyone (and Sony) to see is another story.

#7 - Vivificus - February 21, 2011 // 8:30 pm
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If you can make it you can reverse engineer it. I hope it gets cracked open on release just to spite them for attempting.

#6 - barrybarryk - February 21, 2011 // 8:23 pm
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yeah hack proof probably just means it'll come with 3.56 preinstalled.

#5 - spark32 - February 21, 2011 // 8:21 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by optimusxcrime View Post
nothing is "hack proof" though..

ex. PSP GO (everyone remember how they marketed it as hack proof? well look at it now).