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New PS3 Model Pics Surface, Machine Boasts...Ridges?

The latest iteration of the PlayStation 3 hardware may be just around the corner.

It seems Tecnoblog has leaked some pics of the new PS3 model thanks to a Sony filing with Brazilian telecommunications regulator Anatel.

Rather than the smooth surface found on past PS3 versions, this one has ridges and an uneven top panel, with no visible slot for discs. Basically, this means we could be looking at a setup similar to the original PlayStation, which had the flip-top lid, or maybe it's a slide-out of some kind. In terms of size, it does appear a little smaller but we don't have exact weight and dimensions. The other interesting part is that Sony sought approval for three different hard-drive sizes: 16GB, 250GB and 500GB. What the heck are you gonna do with 16GB? Should be pretty cheap, right?

Anyway, it's probably only a matter of time before Sony makes the new PS3 model official. And it could be the last PS3 version we see before the PS4 hits store shelves...

Tags: ps3, playstation 3, new ps3, ps3 model, ps3 slim

7/13/2012 8:30:06 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (53 posts)

CaptRon
Friday, July 13, 2012 @ 9:13:32 PM
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Install MGS4.

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firesoul453
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 12:09:50 AM

Ya lol, that's about it.

And doesn't the ps3 reserver 4 gigs or something?

I'm sure its to compete with the 4gig Xbox though

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matt99
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 3:07:16 PM

Well you could play any disc based game you want, you'd just have to delete the install everytime you want to change games which would be annoying.

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Temjin001
Friday, July 13, 2012 @ 9:15:00 PM
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I think the rigdes are there because the top right of the unit appears to slide over to the left. I've seen a screenshot that shows the front where the slot loading drive normally would be. I don't see a slot loading drive. So I'd say it's either some sort of sliding cover, or possibly a toilet lid cover like PSX and PS2 slim

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Jed
Friday, July 13, 2012 @ 11:13:45 PM

"toilet lid cover". HA

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Vivi_Gamer
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 3:22:51 AM

I hope so, I have never been a fan of them disc trays that the PS2 & 360 have, they have grooves which can put spiral scratches on your discs. Much prefer the 'Toilet lid' (...) from the PS1, 2 slim & The Dreamcast.

Also, if this release is to be notable a PS3 with PS2 compatibility.

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Mr_Sterg
Friday, July 13, 2012 @ 9:18:03 PM
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YUCK!

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The CEO
Friday, July 13, 2012 @ 9:30:20 PM
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Ribbed for her pleasure?

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AcHiLLiA
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 12:33:56 AM

hahaha, thumb up for that.

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mehrab2603
Friday, July 13, 2012 @ 9:40:23 PM
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The slimmer they get, the uglier they become.

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fatelementality
Friday, July 13, 2012 @ 9:42:40 PM
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I really, really hope that this is a very, very, VERY crappy photo.

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Lanre611
Friday, July 13, 2012 @ 10:01:42 PM
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RRRRUUUUFFFFLLLEESS!!!

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Jed
Friday, July 13, 2012 @ 11:48:12 PM

I was thinking the same thing.

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MrAnonymity
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 12:23:26 AM

Dang it! Beat me to it! XD

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, July 13, 2012 @ 10:16:16 PM
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Sure is a homely little thing.

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shadowscorpio
Friday, July 13, 2012 @ 11:46:15 PM

Lol!

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Clamedeus
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 6:50:39 AM

Lol Love the avatar World. xD

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 9:54:41 AM

Thanks, its one of my classic ninja moments.

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Temjin001
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 12:15:07 PM

Nice ninja moves there, World ;)

Round house kick to the FACE!

all you need now is a Bo staff

(katana in parking lot would probably incite local authorities. Bo staff could double as walking stick, if needed ;)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 3:20:11 PM

yeah that was at an amusement park too, I don't think a sword would go over well with the rentacops.

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AshT
Friday, July 13, 2012 @ 10:35:13 PM
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Hmmm, i like my fat n shiny PS3

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Jed
Friday, July 13, 2012 @ 11:27:43 PM

Fat and shiny all the way.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 9:55:11 AM

Is that how you like your women too? :P

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Temjin001
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 12:19:02 PM

No that's just anime boobies

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Jed
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 6:20:21 PM

The women can be shiny, but I'm not a big fan of fat.

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Qubex
Sunday, July 15, 2012 @ 1:15:27 AM

Lol Jed!

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Amnesiac
Friday, July 13, 2012 @ 10:56:40 PM
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why?

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Jed
Friday, July 13, 2012 @ 11:46:20 PM
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I really, REALLY hope that it looks better than those pictures make it look. The toilet bowl top would be cheaper, and I did see a sentence at the end of the article that looked like it was comparing the 16gb model to the 4gb "budget version" of Xbox 360.

It seems legit, and if it is I hope it can help get PS3s into more peoples hands.

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BikerSaint
Friday, July 13, 2012 @ 11:50:04 PM
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My Ruffles may have ridges, but I sure hope my PS4 doesn't!!!!!!

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wiiplay
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 1:59:07 AM

Your comment deserves an Oscar!

You, my friend, are truly a Saint.

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AcHiLLiA
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 12:41:36 AM
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ugh, ribbed?.. that thing is going to collect dust in between the spaces, ain't going to look pretty.

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wiiplay
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 1:38:25 AM
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Well, time to purchase a Slim before this model replaces them at the local Best Buy.
My original phat PS3 just got the YLOD for the second time, so I'm up for a new console. Although I didn't entirely like the design of the Slim either, this new one makes the original slim look sexy.

Oh, and yup. Wiiplay is back!

...

See you guys in six months! :p

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PharaohJR
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 2:55:20 AM
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it looks hungry somebody feed it.

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Killa Tequilla
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 3:34:50 AM
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Ehh what the heck... Ill buy one. 500gb model.

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LimitedVertigo
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 5:02:44 AM
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I honestly don't care what my PS3 looks like as long as it performs like the rest of them. As for the 16gig, if it cuts the cost quite a bit I'd have no problem buying it and simply swapping out the small HD for a 1TB.

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___________
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 5:21:47 AM
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sexy!!!!!!
looks allot longer than the current ps3 though which is a bit disappointing!
if they could get that curvy design but in the ps2 slim size it would be perfect!
o, and bring back the touch sensitive buttons!

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Knightzane
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 5:43:54 AM
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Waaay off topic but im re-playing Deus Ex and i found a post of Final Fantasy XXVII. Kind of laughed because it looks terrible... Foreshadowing the future eh square?

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fatelementality
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 5:44:26 AM
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Don't suppose B/C will make a return. Any clue on that one Ben?

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Beamboom
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 5:53:04 AM
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...?

It doesn't look like a Sony product, but a fake found on a marketplace in China or something.

Luckily my sexy Slim is still going strong, and will do so until the PS4 takes over.

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tes37
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 9:22:15 AM
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I've seen a different picture of a slimmer ps3 and it didn't look like the one above. The one above looks like they worked really hard to make it ugly.

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DemonNeno
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 11:21:07 AM
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It's so... Unstable looking. The ribbed top doesn't look bad but it definitely doesn't blend in with the surrounding trim. What's with the super narrow base?! I'd have to say it's an Aztec rendition of a UFO that crashed into something. Or any given negative comment above mine. Or... Worse.

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Jed
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 6:24:17 PM

Two words: ancient aliens!

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Temjin001
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 12:17:29 PM
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People hating on the new look should wait for legit official photos from Sony and not the perspective warped phone snapshots. Lighting and scale is just off right now.

I think once people see how small and light it is they'll think a little less poop-faced about it

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kraygen
Saturday, July 14, 2012 @ 6:54:42 PM
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Will never understand the no hard drive craze. It's about the cheapest part of a console or computer. Only way I'm getting one is if it's better than one before in some way.

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Qubex
Sunday, July 15, 2012 @ 1:18:02 AM
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I am sorry, but it really does not look very nice from that photo. As Temjin says though, best wait for better and final photographs before judging to quick.

My FAT PS3 black beauty has just gotten a bit more valuable after the release of this newer PS3!

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Caanimal
Sunday, July 15, 2012 @ 11:19:23 AM
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16gig budget system for $99??? I would say good pricings for these would be $149 for the 250gig and $199 for the 500gig systems. (Pricing to be reasonable, not something rediculous like $149 for 500gigs...)

As for looks... eh, I'll stick w/ my good ol phat 60 until it gives up the ghost, which shouldn't be for a long long time considering how I treat my systems, my old ORIGINAL Playstation still runs beautifully.

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Ather
Sunday, July 15, 2012 @ 3:26:40 PM
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How sad they wasted time and money on this.

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Akuma07
Sunday, July 15, 2012 @ 6:35:55 PM
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Guys, we don't really know what scale this is.

This could be 10x10cm for all we know.

But either way, it looks like crap!

I hate it how sony always brings out new models, after I spend money getting the old one :(

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amoreno
Sunday, July 15, 2012 @ 7:08:56 PM
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I would figure the 16gb ps3 would cost $199 or $150. $150 or $149.99 would be perfectly acceptable for the least expensive ps3. I would buy it if or when my current ps3 decides not to work and cannot be fixed. All I would have to do is buy the 16gb version and swap out the hard drive from my ps3 to the new ps3.

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xnonsuchx
Sunday, July 15, 2012 @ 7:55:07 PM
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I hope that's fake because it is downright FUGLY!

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letherclad
Monday, July 16, 2012 @ 7:24:21 AM
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If these rumors turn out to be true, I really hope that image is a prototype and not the final design...

On the other hand I am fine with the flip top disc tray like the PSone and PS2 slim designs and I would like to see a big price cut (I'm not in the market for a new PS3 but would like to see sales rise)

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monkeypunch
Monday, July 16, 2012 @ 9:19:29 AM
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I wish they would make game consoles the same standard size and shape as my other home entertainment equipment. For example, my VCR, CD player, DVD player and amp are all basically about the same size. This lets you stack them and fit them with every tv cabinet / stand. Am I the only one who thinks about this?

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JackC8
Saturday, July 21, 2012 @ 12:45:32 PM
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The top panel slides to the left to reveal the disk tray. I generally like the looks of it. If the price is good I'll probably pick one up.

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