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PS3 Firmware 4.20 Hints At New Hardware Revision

Super Slim PS3 on the way?

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.

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45 Comments
  1. Jas-n
    Since: Aug 2008

    *strokes chin*

    Comment posted on 29/06/2012 at 15:01.
    • mugsybalone
      Member
      Since: Aug 2008

      *strokes Jas-n’s chin*
      *gets good luck*

      Comment posted on 29/06/2012 at 15:05.
    • tonycawley
      Pint! Pint!
      Since: Feb 2009

      *strokes jas-n’s, chin, gets turned on, disappears for a bit.*

      Comment posted on 29/06/2012 at 15:18.
      • SavageOranges
        Member
        Since: Aug 2010

        *walks in on tony, makes awkward eye contact with tony, leaves slowly*

        Comment posted on 29/06/2012 at 15:46.
      • Amphlett
        Member
        Since: Jul 2009

        *Bump in to SavageOranges who’s looking a little embarrassed as he exits a room where I spy Tony who appears to be experiencing a moment of pleasure. I turn around and walk away. Awkward*

        Comment posted on 29/06/2012 at 16:01.
      • The Lone Steven
        Never heard of him.
        Since: May 2010

        *walks in to see Jas-n looking like he’s being pleasured and wonders why Tony’s hat is sticking out of his chin before shrugging his shoulders and then walks out to resume harrasing Teflon into giving him the keys to the Mods club lounge*

        Comment posted on 29/06/2012 at 16:32.
  2. Kennykazey
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    Perhaps it is the six times as powerful ps3 model that can’t play games, which Crazy Ken wanted to make?

    Comment posted on 29/06/2012 at 15:08.
  3. Forrest_01
    Member
    Since: Jun 2009

    That ‘Remove Disc’ threw me right off at first – Mainly because it was so jarring to not see the ‘Eject Disc’ option, but also as it doesn’t do what it says anymore. With ‘Eject Disc’ you knew exactly what you were getting, but with ‘Remove Disc’ it sounds as though the PS3 will take the game out for you, put it back in the box etc.

    Not a silly assumption I don’t think. It only does everything after all.

    Comment posted on 29/06/2012 at 15:11.
    • fs
      Member
      Since: May 2012

      If it cleaned your backside and fed you I don’t think anybody would need to move. Ever.

      Comment posted on 29/06/2012 at 15:25.
      • Forrest_01
        Member
        Since: Jun 2009

        Well, maybe go to work to earn money to buy games, but apart from that… :)

        Comment posted on 29/06/2012 at 16:54.
    • Origami Killer
      Member
      Since: May 2010

      I’ve been thinking the same thing. I went to casually eject the disc via XMB and was a little confused when I saw remove. Utterly pointless change.
      Then I had to remove myself from my conformable position on the sofa to get the disc

      Comment posted on 29/06/2012 at 16:34.
      • Forrest_01
        Member
        Since: Jun 2009

        Ah, so that’s why they have changed the wording – You clearly couldn’t ‘Eject’ yourself from your comformable position on the sofa.

        Unless you have an Ejector seat of course… & if you do, i want a go! :)

        Comment posted on 29/06/2012 at 16:56.
      • Origami Killer
        Member
        Since: May 2010

        This must be why! Sadly its a simply boring Ikea sofa, no ejector seats to see here.

        Comment posted on 29/06/2012 at 19:20.
    • philzy85
      Member
      Since: May 2010

      Maybe its to do with no optical drive. maybe it mounts the games instead of loading off a disc

      Comment posted on 29/06/2012 at 18:37.
      • Facelord
        Member
        Since: Jun 2012

        That’s definitely not it. They wouldn’t just mount the disk image or whatever, they’d run the program if the games were all just digital. Either way the bluray drive is one of the most important part of a PS3, they’re not releasing one without a bluray drive. Just not gonna happen.

        “Might we be seeing some solid-state storage in a later revision?”
        No, guys, that would make zero sense from a business standpoint; Sony focuses on the end-user experience, they think of these things from every angle before implementing them. If you delete and reinstall games often the SSD would be ruined within weeks or a few months, plus they would have to either raise the price of the system a ton or only give us 40gb or 80gb drives in the new system. Not. Happening.

        Comment posted on 05/07/2012 at 09:46.
    • InternationalGamer
      Member
      Since: Dec 2010

      ‘Eject Disc’ sounded cooler :(
      ‘Remove Disc’ sounds so… bleh…

      Comment posted on 01/07/2012 at 12:53.
  4. Youles
    Member
    Since: Feb 2011

    I think I’ve noticed something new since the update……but it may have always been there. Unopened PSN messages now scroll through the text (or at least some of it) before you open them, so you can choose to keep them unread if you want. I noticed this using Remote Play on my Vita, so could just be something that is exclusive on Remote Play, but I’m almost certain I’ve never noticed the scrolling text before.

    I’d like to see another PS3 revision. Cut some costs in places, but add back in the cost of being able to playback PS1&2 games, and additional USB slots please.

    Comment posted on 29/06/2012 at 15:21.
    • Awayze
      Member
      Since: Jul 2010

      Yeh, the Messages thing is a new feature, it’s great when people send you a message without a subject whilst you’re playing so you now get a quick glance at what’s in the message.

      Comment posted on 29/06/2012 at 15:32.
      • Youles
        Member
        Since: Feb 2011

        Oh cool, so it is new – it’s a nice little addition. Indeed, more than that I hate messages from people saying “READ NOW” or something. I think I’ll fucking decide when to read it, thanks ;)

        Comment posted on 29/06/2012 at 15:37.
    • JBoo
      Banned
      Since: Oct 2011

      This comment is hidden.

      Comment posted on 29/06/2012 at 16:23.
  5. tonycawley
    Pint! Pint!
    Since: Feb 2009

    Thing is, remove disc is wrong as it only partly removes it, leaves half of it in the system. So thyve made that change so new models are correct (2% of models in houses?) But its incorrect for all current owners. Seems a bit dumb.
    Perhaps they changed it as “eject disc” makes it sound like its going to shoot your disc out, like an ejector seat in a plane.

    Comment posted on 29/06/2012 at 15:21.
  6. fs
    Member
    Since: May 2012

    I’d be surprised to see another version of the PS3. The 720 will be released by Microsoft in the next couple of years, would Sony want to be playing catch up again? No. I think, although its intriguing that they have made theose changes in the update, I can’t see it being anything more than just a change for minor reasons. Could be wrong, but doubt I am.

    Comment posted on 29/06/2012 at 15:21.
    • Uhyve
      Member
      Since: Sep 2008

      I wouldn’t be that surprised at all. Sony probably won’t be making much money on the PS4 when it first comes out, so having a cheap to manufacture version of the PS3 would probably go a good way to subsidise that, with those who can’t afford the latest and greatest buying a nice low cost PS3.

      If it’s cheap enough, it could also be possible that they’re planning to release at around the same time as the Wii U to undermine Nintendo’s early lead.

      Comment posted on 29/06/2012 at 21:04.
  7. TSBonyman
    Member
    Since: Dec 2009

    System storage … as opposed to cloud storage maybe..?

    Comment posted on 29/06/2012 at 15:32.
    • parryman
      Member
      Since: Apr 2012

      That was my initial thought.

      Comment posted on 29/06/2012 at 15:36.
  8. Awayze
    Member
    Since: Jul 2010

    I hope its a new PS3 with 16GB on board flash memory and slimmer with a price of £170.

    Comment posted on 29/06/2012 at 15:35.
  9. parryman
    Member
    Since: Apr 2012

    Solid state drives are coming down in price, I can see then fitting one, and offering a bigger cloud save system (for a fee)

    Comment posted on 29/06/2012 at 15:42.
    • plutoniumdragon
      Member
      Since: Dec 2008

      Removing the drive and having some onboard flash would allow the PS3 to be smaller and is likely cheaper, though if they did that it would be nice if the system then allowed full access to an external USB HDD (encrypting it as necessary).

      There was a article back when SSDs started becoming popular that benchmarked a PS3 with an SSD. ISTR that it wasn’t a major improvement since the PS3’s disk susbsytem is so slow.

      Comment posted on 29/06/2012 at 15:58.
      • Peter Chapman
        Team TSA: Editor
        Since: Forever

        SSD isn’t a major improvement on the 5400 and 7200 RPM HDDs in a PS3 but I think I’m right in saying that an SSD runs much cooler, with lower power consumption. That might appeal to Sony if it reduces manufacturing costs?

        Comment posted on 29/06/2012 at 16:02.
      • cc_star
        Team TSA: Writer
        Since: Forever

        Yup, the PS3’s innards bottlenecks it in some way so you don’t really get the benefit you’d expect except for shaving a few seconds off GT5 loading times.

        Comment posted on 29/06/2012 at 16:34.
    • Amphlett
      Member
      Since: Jul 2009

      A Google for SSDs shows that they’re still comparatively around about double (or more) the price of their spinny disc cousins. So a new cut price PS3 would likely struggle to make a significant price reduction unless the SSD were about 60GB.

      Comment posted on 29/06/2012 at 16:06.
  10. JBoo
    Banned
    Since: Oct 2011

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    Comment posted on 29/06/2012 at 16:15.

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