According to a “well-placed industry source” (aren’t they all nowadays?) of GamerTell‘s, those new CECH-3000A/B PS3 models aren’t just having a bit of nip and tuck – they’ll also be shipping with new copy protection features built in to the hardware.
The new system will not be something on the motherboard, or in the operating system, but instead reside in the console’s Blu-ray drive itself, says the site. It’s similar to an implementation on the Xbox 360, and is presumably a response to GeoHot’s encryption key discovery earlier in the year.
GamerTell speculates that there could be some form of watermark on genuine retail PS3 disks that the drive searches for when booting a game. Obviously, the interesting thing will be how Sony implements this with regard to the older, watermark-less units.
The site is also claiming that the new version of the hardware will launch around the same time as a firmware update enabling BD-Java playback during 3D movies – currently it’s an either-or situation between BD-J and BD3D. Finally, the post references a price drop around the time of September’s Tokyo Game Show – a rumour that’s been doing the rounds on Twitter since the new hardware was unveiled.
Take this all with a pinch of salt – utilising a copy protection method from the 360 when that system has a fair amount of piracy problems itself sounds a bit odd – but you have to believe that Sony will be doing all they can to safe up the console as much and as soon as possible.
In related news, a Sony UK spokesperson has told CVG: “With regards to the new CECH-3000B PS3, the information is relevant for Japan only and we have nothing to share at this time.” Expect more news in Tokyo, and if there really is new security measures in this model, expect is worldwide as soon as Sony can produce the things.