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Could Sony Introduce A New PS3 Model At E3?

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Time for a refresh? The Slim PS3 still looks great, but a price cut would be great news.
Further to our discussion piece over the weekend – where we talked about PlayStation Plus enhancements and streaming – we’ve been giving a little bit more thought to one part in particular.

That of a new PlayStation 3 SKU.

“What’s to stop Sony pushing out a new, cheaper, lighter, smaller PlayStation 3?” we asked a few days back.

Following on from the idea that whilst a PS4 won’t be making an appearance in Los Angeles – at least not publicly – we speculated that a refresh of current hardware might be on the cards.

We obviously can’t confirm anything here or even offer much in the way of details – we honestly have no idea, this is just wishful thinking – but could there perhaps a cheaper model (a price cut would really stir sales), or maybe one with a bigger hard drive, or even just a new colour?

This would certainly lend weight to MCV’s certainty that both Sony and Microsoft were planning to showcase new hardware. Perhaps they both still are, but with current-gen machines?

If Sony are thinking about rolling out the PS4 any time soon, then the sheer amount of top-tier games announced in the last few weeks and months would have been a waste. No, we’re fairly sure Sony will be sticking with PS3 and Vita for a while – but that doesn’t mean some tweaks can’t happen.

Everyone’s desperate for Sony to really kick up a gear with PS Vita, but a price-cut or a few changes to the PS3 would no doubt go down nicely – better than a white PlayStation Portable at least, eh?

  1. colmshan1990
    Since: Apr 2009

    No disc drive?
    The Go and the Vita seem to suggest they want to move away from physical media, this might be a testing ground for them.

    Of course, that’d mean losing the DVD and Blu-Ray, but I presume the costs would go down significantly, and the reliability of the console would go up.

    Could possibly end up as the cheapest current gen console out there if they cut as many corners as possible, which would increase sales enormously…

    Think of it as the Xbox 360 Arcade to the 360 Elite which would be the PS3 Slim, continuing as it has…

    Comment posted on 30/05/2012 at 00:07.
    • tonycawley
      Pint! Pint!
      Since: Feb 2009

      But for them to release a model with no disc drive, it’d also mean they’d have to make sure ALL future retail releases get a psn store release, which I find massively unlikely.

      Comment posted on 30/05/2012 at 07:00.
    • Cutter.T
      Since: Jun 2009

      Since I got a PSPGo I have learned to never to that again, unless there is NO disc option (or flash-cart) available, then and only then Will I happily go digital. Amazon just provides MUCH cheaper prices (even when games are new)

      Comment posted on 30/05/2012 at 11:34.
  2. rossthebassist
    Since: Nov 2009

    One of the biggest restrictions with the current PS3 from expanding it any further is that the allocated ram is all taken up (apparently) this is (apparently) the reason why cross game voice chat is not available.
    a new PS3 complete with the ability to add even more content and services sounds intresting to me.
    or maybe its just a slimmer version again… afterall blu-ray drives are in laptops now so its not like they have to use these big drives anymore.
    To say the least im excited for all 3 press conferances next week.

    Comment posted on 30/05/2012 at 00:19.
    • herotoozero
      Since: Mar 2009

      I really can’t see Sony adding extra features to the same console and alienate the current userbase….saying that i wont say anything about PS2 compatibility and non 60GB’s so nothing is surprising i guess.

      Comment posted on 30/05/2012 at 00:22.
      • rossthebassist
        Since: Nov 2009

        its an out there guess, but unless a revision decreases manufacturing costs why bother, surley there has to be a draw other than “its smaller”
        Only reason i have a slim is coz my 60gb died, i would have never changed if not for that.

        Sony have done ram increases in the past, i belive PSP’s ram got doubled with the first slim revision. so you never know :)

        Comment posted on 30/05/2012 at 01:55.
  3. TSBonyman
    Since: Dec 2009

    I’m pinning my hopes on an even slimmer PS3. Fully featured and complete with slot loading bluray but housed in a case the size of the PS2 slim… or is that asking too much :)
    They’d never do a Hanna Montana… would they?.. :o

    Comment posted on 30/05/2012 at 01:05.
  4. hol
    Since: Oct 2009

    A smaller ps3? Hmm possible I guess? As for the psp ram increase, I believe it was the system rom that got increased?

    Comment posted on 30/05/2012 at 07:38.
    • Sympozium
      Since: Aug 2009

      Part of it was unlocked, the cache I think?

      Comment posted on 30/05/2012 at 10:10.
  5. Awayze
    Since: Jul 2010

    Sony won’t make the PS3 super slim! Then the fan and heatsink would become too small and add Sonys cheap manufacturer, you’ll be getting YLOD as much as the old 360’s got RROD.

    Comment posted on 30/05/2012 at 07:40.
    • ron_mcphatty
      Since: Sep 2008

      They might, the heatsink could come straight out of a laptop like the slim PS2’s one. Plus, there are always going to be gadget nuts like me who are sucked in by a smaller, slicker version of whatever is already out. It would sell. The question is would it make them any money?

      Comment posted on 30/05/2012 at 08:01.
  6. Kevling
    Since: Dec 2008

    Not happening. At least, not at E3. Why? Because it hasn’t been leaked three months earlier :)

    Comment posted on 30/05/2012 at 07:45.
    • Sympozium
      Since: Aug 2009

      Was anything even leaked?

      Comment posted on 30/05/2012 at 10:11.
  7. Omac_brother
    Since: Nov 2011

    If there was new PS3 hardware coming, my mum would know about it by now. Lets face it, Sony cant keep a secret to themselves.

    Comment posted on 30/05/2012 at 10:36.
  8. HoboCastro
    Since: Mar 2010

    Put a USB port on the back and I’ll buy it.

    Comment posted on 30/05/2012 at 11:45.
  9. JBoo
    Since: Oct 2011

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    Comment posted on 30/05/2012 at 11:46.
    • Sympozium
      Since: Aug 2009

      lol :D

      Comment posted on 30/05/2012 at 12:15.
  10. Uhyve
    Since: Sep 2008

    Wouldn’t be that surprised if we saw another Playstation branded TV, maybe this time with a built in PS3 for 3D movie/game playback.

    Comment posted on 30/05/2012 at 12:22.

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