Firmware 4.20 arrived on the PlayStation 3 a few days ago. While there weren’t any major revisions, we did notice an overdue fix for the browser on top of the listed features. But there are a couple of other vague hints, picked up by a forum poster on Beyond3D that might back up some rumours we’ve heard before.
The XMB option for “Eject Disc” when you hit triangle has been renamed to “Remove Disc”. That seems like a very minor distinction but that’s perhaps the most interesting point about it. Why would they make such a minor change if there wasn’t a reason? This might indicate a top-loading disc drive like the one we saw in later revisions of the PlayStation 2 hardware.
In addition to that, the XMB’s references to the “Hard Disk” have also been reworded. It now mentions “System Storage” instead. Another very minor difference which seems futile unless there’s a change to the format of the storage on the way. Might we be seeing some solid-state storage in a later revision? Perhaps some proprietary form of data storage which isn’t interchangeable?
Some of us expected a slimmer, cheaper (to make, at least) PlayStation 3 to be shown off at E3 so these additional hints seem to give that rumour growing credence.