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FCC Documents Hint At Another PS3 Diet

The PlayStation 3 is already pretty slim. It lost a bunch of unappealing weight after going on a big-time diet back in 2009.

But you know, it could still be a little slimmer, don't you think? According to a new FCC filing (as noted by Japanese source Pocket News and cited by Eurogamer), Sony is currently prepping a 4000-series PlayStation 3 model, which obviously indicates a step up from the standard 3000 line.

There are no additional specifics at this time, but Eurogamer has heard through the grapevine that Sony is ready to announce a slimmer PS3 at Gamescom 2012 in August. That shouldn't be too surprising, as Gamescom 2009 was the site of Sony's last slimming-down announcement, when they revealed their flagship console would be getting 32% smaller, 36% lighter, and 34% more efficient.

The trend in electronics is the same for just about everything: Smaller and sleeker. Besides, if Sony can manufacture the new 4000 PS3 for a cheaper price, that'll help their bottom line, and they could use the boost. As for what this says about when the PS4 will show up...well, maybe nothing.

Tags: ps3, playstation 3, ps3 slim, playstation 3 slim

7/5/2012 10:27:05 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (46 posts)

CaptRon
Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 10:40:50 AM
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Nothin' beats a fatty though. Still going strong.

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Beamboom
Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 11:36:08 AM

The slim was a great upgrade for me.
My fatty started to sound like a jet engine after a short while. Oh man, the noise from that machine was so bad at times that I had to tilt it vertically, then it somehow sounded less noisy.

Plus, the slim added support for the Bravia stuff, so that my TV remote worked also for the PS3 and so forth.

So yeah... The slim sure beats my fatty.

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Jawknee
Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 1:25:52 PM

Not just Bravia. Many Samsung TV's will recognize the HDMI control link on the current Slim PS3 models as well.

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Beamboom
Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 1:31:15 PM

Ah, really Jawk? I didn't know! That makes it even cooler.
I just took for granted it was some proprietary technology from Sony.


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frylock25
Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 1:46:40 PM

my 50 inch plasma samsung turns on with my ps3 and is controlled with the hdmi link also.

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kraygen
Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 2:14:52 PM

My MGS special fatty survived a tornado, being drenched in rain, and moving to 3 different houses. It's gotten a little more personality, but it still works great.

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AcHiLLiA
Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 2:39:26 PM

PS3 fatty sounding like a jet engine, last time I heard it was coming from the early 360's.

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Beamboom
Friday, July 06, 2012 @ 2:14:42 AM

@Alexander: It's not only the x360 who's got lots of fans inside. :D It's not more than that.

But I suspect the slim model to have fewer or better fans, cause my slim is still relatively quiet after these years. It behaves more like a laptop, while the fatty behaved like a stationary PC with fans *everywhere*, all covered by a sticky layer of dust.

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Highlander
Friday, July 06, 2012 @ 2:40:15 AM

Sorry to disappoint, but the PS3 Phat models all share the same air-flow design and use a single 25cm disk shaped fan with a single heatsink with multiple heatpipes. In fact, their cooling system is extremely robust. The weak links in the system being the thermal compund which does dry out, and the RSX which does not contain sufficient thermal protection to prevent it from damaging itself - unlike the Cell, which does.

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Beamboom
Friday, July 06, 2012 @ 11:24:34 AM

No worries, no disappointments to be found there, High. I guess I've just become better at dust-cleaning around my console then. :)


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BikerSaint
Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 10:42:59 AM
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Let hope Sony gets smarter & is finally willing to sell colorized ones outside of Japan, or at least do some colorized or skinned bundles.

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Vivi_Gamer
Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 10:44:34 AM
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Maybe it can grow some more muscle and handle the weight of my PS2 games this time :)

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Temjin001
Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 10:51:29 AM

just how many ps2 HD collections are you short of by now anyway?

Aside from Shinobi-Nightshade and Xenosaga and Suikoden Collections I feel the best of PS2 has mostly made the jump as remastered offerings on PS3

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Vivi_Gamer
Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 11:25:31 AM

I only have two, ICO & Shadow collection and the Metal Gear Collection. I have over 70 PS2 games and only a few don't work on my FAT PS3, but I still think it is an important feature to keep on as the PS3 upscales PS2 games to HD so they dont need a HD collection (Though The MGS collection was very well done!)

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Temjin001
Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 11:29:50 AM

Well, if I had THAT many ps2 games I'd probably want the support as well. Don't be fooled by the upscaling btw, it's just video feed being scaled up. Game assets and pixel rendering is just the same. Pop in Ico and then compare to your re-master, should notice massive res difference.

(btw I ordered that Ico & SotC collection from Amazon for $20 the other day, new) awesome

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Vivi_Gamer
Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 11:54:34 AM

Still it is being feeded through a HDMI cable, so it looks far better than trying to put a composite cable from a PS2 into a HDTV.

Nice, they oth do deserve the praise they have got. I missed out on them both on the PS2 and they're sort of a rarity now, so as soon as I heard about the HD collection I snapped it up and had a great experience with both titles.

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firesoul453
Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 5:30:02 PM

I still have quite a few of ps2 games I play,

Battlefront II, Mega Man X collection, Kingdom Hearts (1 and 2) are the first ones that come to mind

And there are plenty of smaller less succesful games that probably wouldn't be worth a remake but I'd still want to play (scaled up in HD)

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BikerSaint
Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 7:09:46 PM

Ultimadream,

Hmmm that's strange that you had any problems with PS2 games because I have 486 PS2 games in my collection so far, & every single one of them works in my Phat PS3.

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firesoul453
Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 7:26:10 PM

I bought one of those partly emulated backwards compatible ps3s and well it probably doesnt't work with half my ps2 games. (while virtually all play more than half have major problems for me and some even crash the ps3 a little bit into the game)

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BikerSaint
Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 7:46:27 PM

firesoul453,
Oh yeah you're right.

Since my 3 previous Phat's have always been 60 Giggers, I completely forgot that the later 80 Gigger's were only partial B/C & not being able to play all PS2 games.

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SmokeyPSD
Friday, July 06, 2012 @ 5:33:21 AM

Here here. There selling digitally now. No excuse.

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Temjin001
Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 10:55:24 AM
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This would be sweet. My slim does me fine now but at the dusk of this generation comes I may get a new PS3 for long term archival useage going deep into the next gen. I bet this thing will sell for just 200

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 11:08:20 AM
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They should go back to a high quality case though instead of lego plastic.

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Temjin001
Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 11:21:45 AM

While I know what you mean, the current slim definitely don't feel like lego plastic. It has a matte textured finish providing a bit of surface tooth for grip. Not quite the Phat-bling-bling chrome rimmed look of the first system but I don't think I miss that, homie-g-dog

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 11:30:20 AM

The bling did collect lots of dust but take your knuckle and give the top of the slim a knock, it's pretty cheap.

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Temjin001
Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 11:44:50 AM

When your phat dies try getting inside of it. It's like fort Knox. I kid you not.

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Mr Bubbles IGR
Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 12:04:42 PM

My fat ps3 did die, it had YLOD. I followed 3 youtube videos, 2 of which for breaking it apart and putting on the thermal compound on the CPU and GPU, and the third video was for putting it back together. I am no techie and was the first time I ever did that, I fixed my fat 80GB B/C ps3 and is currently running perfectly. I saved myself a full $60 and did it in about 3 hrs with $25 put into it. ^_^

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frylock25
Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 12:09:31 PM

hell yea it is. when my first fat ps3 died i tried taking it apart. the amount of screws inside that thing are crazy. the screws on the blueray drive are so tiny also. but i have opened all of my playstations aside from my still working slim. i love to open my electronics and see inside of them. i just dont recommend doing it to your tv as you can easily kill your self doing that. no joke.

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Highlander
Friday, July 06, 2012 @ 2:42:10 AM

They should go back to one premium SKU made like the original PS3s (but with the new cooler chips and such), and 1 core SKY that is based on the more economical slim.

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frylock25
Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 12:18:05 PM
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i have a b/c 80 gb fat ps3 and a 120 gb slim. i would still buy a new slimmer model if they put one out. not sure why i just love the damn ps3 that much.

was it really 2009 when the slim came out? man time is just flying by.

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AcHiLLiA
Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 2:45:30 PM

yep 2009. I got the 80GB model (about 5 months before the slim came out) that doesn't play PS2 games.

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FatherSun
Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 4:43:02 PM

Its damn shame we have the 2 PS3 on a PSN account limitation! I would have bought a 4th PS3 if that was the case.

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AcHiLLiA
Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 2:52:53 PM
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Well, hope these slim's will be less longer than the fat's/less wider and going back to the glossy finish/silver or chrome trims and sensitive touch controls. The current slims are still longer than the fats.

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frylock25
Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 3:09:49 PM

what do you mean longer?

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FatherSun
Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 4:46:19 PM

I doubt it. That gloss and chrome trim add additional pennies to the production costs. Especially the touch controls. My Launch unit is encased in a plastic bin when not in use. The slims do all the work now.

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AcHiLLiA
Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 6:29:44 PM

longer by meaning back to front.

It's funny how the phat PS2 rolled with the grainy like finish and so as the PS2 slim's...And then when the PS3's came out their were more attractive looking then the grainy like PS3 slims. Thanks for the heads up I might have to check out this new slim and eventually save my phat PS3.

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BikerSaint
Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 7:49:08 PM

frylock25,

The Phat PS3's are 11 inches, front to back.

The Slims are 11 & 1/2 inches, front to back.

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faraga
Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 3:42:17 PM
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As long as it doesn't feel as cheap as the slim, it's great. When my old fatty died on me while playing LA Noire, I was forced to buy a slim, as the solution x_JoNaH_x posted didn't hold out more than a week.

I really hate the cheap plastic feel of it, the relative light weight to size ratio and the clunking sound the BD player keeps making when playing certain games. So please Sony, make the PS3 SuperSlim seem a little bit higher quality.

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Rogueagent01
Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 4:00:41 PM
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If they can come up with a model that is cheaper for them and the consumer I am fine with that. But I would rather them do a special order original 60gig model. I love the original, everthing about it is perfect to me and I wish they would bring it back.

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FatherSun
Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 5:00:04 PM
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A slimmer lower production cost PS3 would definitely help Sony. A new model will boost exposure and sales. They could also introduce "GASP!" new features.

Imagine if Sony launches a new slim model with some sort of "CLOUD" service implementation. Now that would one for the books. Turning around the Gaikai acquisition in record time like that. I see no reason why a Gaikai app can not be easily created and show up on the XMB. I would be soo proud of Sony. It would indicate that they are aggressively moving into the future. AS long as it isn't half baked. Otherwise don't bother.

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firesoul453
Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 5:27:00 PM
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Bring back the glossy finish, 4 (or more) usb ports, touch sensitve buttons

(and maybe true ps2 backwards compatibility) and then I'd be sold for sure!

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BikerSaint
Thursday, July 05, 2012 @ 7:28:48 PM
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The only 2 regrets I have with my Slim is that
#1. It's not B/C(but I've got a Phat, plus a PS2 Phat & a PS2 Slim to cover that problem.

#2. The PS3 Slims don't have an off/on switch on the back so that damned red light stays on continuously even while my machine is powered down. And I just hate having a bunch of demon-eyed electronic red lights still glowing back at me after I've turned the lights out to go to bed.
But at least I was able to find a Kong Kong company that made an off/on switch that sits at the PS3's female plug orifice.

Now if I could only find a off/on plug for my PS2 Slim because I wind up pulling the power cord out when I'm not using it.

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Rogueagent01
Friday, July 06, 2012 @ 2:56:52 AM

I picked up a slim a few months back and boy was I extremely mad when I noticed it didn't have an on/off switch. That has to be the worst cost effective decision they made with the slim, and because of that I will not buy another one. Without a doubt I will get my hands on a phatty if I need to add a fourth system for whatever reason.

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___________
Friday, July 06, 2012 @ 4:33:33 AM

just shop around for a 2 dollar switch.
any electronic shop should have a on/off switch you can use for the slim.
first thing i bought with my slim.

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___________
Friday, July 06, 2012 @ 4:35:45 AM
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i wish $ony would bring back the original 60GB version!
4 USB ports, memory card readers, the sexy piano black finish and chrome, and not to mention the touch sensitive buttons.
now THAT was a premium machine!
not like the slim, i havent seen cheap plastics like that since a friend of mine bought a 97 chevy!

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richfiles
Monday, July 09, 2012 @ 8:54:12 AM
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Given the progression of technology, and the fact that Sony CEASED sales of PS2 systems everywhere I've seen, I'd like to see the slim have a PS2 Backwards compatibility option, even if it added $50 to the price tag. You could have two models:

A 250-320 GB super slim with no BC

or

A 500 GB-1 TB super slim with BC

One more detail... Make the USB ports always on, or at least add a software setting in the system menu to toggle always on, on and off. It's quite annoying that half my PS3 accessories are plugged into my PS3 stand... err... 360 I mean, and the other half are on dedicated charge stands or plugged into my computer.

Sony? How smart was it really to make a system where EVERYTHiNG is recharged by USB, and yet nothing USB gets powered when the system is asleep???

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