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May 12, 2009 // 7:00 pm - Of course this is just yet another rumor, as there is no official confirmation, but PlayStation Lifestyle caught word that Sony is set to not only reveal the PSP Go at E3, but another hardware redesign will be debuted as well.

To quote: We didn't get any specifics, but we speculate that it could be one of a couple different options. First off, it very well could be as simple as a white or a silver PS3, to go with the white and silver Dualshock 3's that have been made available. This makes sense, as most people would want their controllers to match their consoles.

The other option, and the one we are leaning toward is a slimmed down, model. Maybe with some updated specs. Nothing major of course as to not alienate current PS3 owners, but there is an off chance they could add something small like bluetooth 3.0 support. When we caught wind of this, the exact word "redesign" was used, which leaves me to believe that it is indeed a PS3 slim. Announcing a different color wouldn't exactly warrant the term "redesign".

Then again, since a console wasn't specified either, it could be a redesigned PS2, or yet another PSP model (other than the Go) but that is highly unlikely. There is also an off chance that this "hardware redesign" was referring to a PS3 Motion controller, but I really don't consider that to be "hardware", as it's more of an accessory.

Sony has been known to slim down their consoles, as the original PlayStation, PS2, and even the PSP all have seen slimmer models released after the initial model was released. Is the market ready for a PS3 slim? I know I am.

Rumor: Redesigned PS3 to be Revealed at E3 2009

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#14 - RobG - May 18, 2009 // 5:32 am
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Let's not forget that the reason Sony dropped the PS2 compatibility was cost and reliability. They were already losing something like $100 per console sold (maybe it was more). Between warranty claims and the deficit, it made sense for them to do something.

Now they've done one price cut, and that was a good thing. I don't know if they're still losing money, but I'm sure as they come up with better and cheaper ways to produce the unit, we'll see another price cut, and eventually that slim unit everybody's talking about.

I've only had my PS3 for about a month or so... it's the newer 80 gig model. I put a 250 gig drive in it and am having a blast. I still have my PS2 hooked up in the bedroom, and use it to play SSX and some other games from time to time. It'd be nice if my PS3 would play PS2 games, as the wireless controllers would sure be nice. But oh well. I'd rather have a reliable unit without the backwards compatibility than one I'd worry about going south, and then not being able to get it repaired and have to take one that isn't compatible.


#13 - datphatboy - May 14, 2009 // 12:41 am
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sure it might look sexy but whats wrong with the ps3 we all have? plus this will probably just cost more.. I dunno about this one

#12 - Alu - May 13, 2009 // 10:03 pm
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it looks ugly for me, btw sony dont need to do slim ver anyway

#11 - XBG Flipsyde - May 13, 2009 // 9:56 pm
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never really understood the point of slimlining the consoles, the heandhelds sure but not the consoles. personally it make no difference to me whether or not my ps3 is as big as it is now or halfing the size as long as it does what i bought it to do.

#10 - darker234 - May 13, 2009 // 5:42 pm
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I also doubt that there will be a new PS3. Hardware changes are expensive. Maybe they will give customers more choices in the color but that will be it.

#9 - sorceror - May 13, 2009 // 5:04 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by mihaiolimpiu View Post
Maybe when the manufacturing process will get to 45nm (this summer - E3 - price drop???) but the better guess is 30nm.. but until then... this IS and will REMAIN only a RUMOR!

Yeah, a slim is just not going to happen without a major change in the technology used. I've got a 40GB model (90nm Cell/65nm RSX) and, while it doesn't get that hot, it definitely needs some airflow. You just couldn't make a slim and get enough airflow - not without sounding and behaving like a vacuum cleaner, anyway.

It's probably just a color change, if anything. There's nothing left to take out of the PS3s while still being a PS3. Minor updates like Bluetooth 3.0 or N wifi are conceivable, but they wouldn't add too much value and would bump up the cost somewhat... and Sony will not be bumping up the bill of materials for the PS3. Period. Price is already something of an Achilles heel for them.

A price cut would make sense. Even a $50 drop would help move units... but hey, we'll see.

#8 - CyanCaze - May 13, 2009 // 4:11 pm
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mihaiolimpiumy 80GB that was a MGS4 bundle is extremely hot. It heats my small 10x12 room in about 10 minutes.

As for this I doubt it seriously doubt it. It just isn't ready it's only year 3 and the PS2 didn't get a re-design until year 4.

#7 - dotISO - May 13, 2009 // 3:13 pm
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that is quite ugly tbh..

#6 - vinizuh - May 13, 2009 // 3:04 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by mihaiolimpiu View Post

P.S.: Is there someone here that has a 160 GB PS3 (or any other new model), they sport the new 65 CELL! How much heat are they producing???

i just helped a friend set up his new ps3 last week (80gb) i felt the back after a couple hours of kz2 and barely noticed any heat. compared to my 60gb which heats up my room and i no longer needed the heater on during winter.

#5 - nafeasonto - May 13, 2009 // 2:28 pm
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Instead of working on a slim PS3 they should work on making more of the PS3's backwards compatible.