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PS3 Rumor #2: Lighter, Thinner Model?

The rumors of a new PlayStation 3 model are running rampant - and are probably true - but this is the first we're hearing of something besides a hard drive upgrade: according to T3, the new PS3 might actually boast a complete cosmetic overhaul.

It seems they stumbled across this information at last month's Consumer Electronics Show, where a "well-informed insider" said Sony is preparing an "all-new" PS3 model. This one, just like the PSP-2000, is "slimmer and lighter." This doesn't sound entirely out of the question, as the PS3 is easily the biggest and heftiest console out there, and consumers love smaller electronics. Look what happened with the mini-PS1, the slimmed-down PS2, and the recent redesign of the PSP; the latter move generated quite the sales spike for Sony, so why shouldn't a smaller PS3 be on the horizon? But at this point, can we say that both the 120/160GB w/Dual Shock 3 PS3 rumor and this "thinner, lighter" PS3 rumor are referring to the same machine? That's the million-dollar question.

There's really no chance of getting anything out of Sony right now - nothing but the "no comment" reply will come back - so it seems obvious we'll have to wait a few more weeks until GDC 2008. We expect all the answers at that time.

2/1/2008 Ben Dutka

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Friday, February 01, 2008 @ 10:48:43 AM

I think the PS3's size is just fine. It doesn't need to be slimmer. How much lugging around do people do with home electronics, anyway? That's why we have portable electronics, right? I mean, you don't take a t.v with you every time you go out, do you?

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Friday, February 01, 2008 @ 11:10:28 AM

I move mine every weekend an 1hr each way. I travel to work, and for school, and my ps3 is always with me!

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Friday, February 01, 2008 @ 10:53:04 AM

Well I guess it will come a slimmer model some time, but so soon would be a surprise for me.

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Friday, February 01, 2008 @ 11:21:01 AM

I'm happy with my 60GB. It never leaves my house anyways.

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baseballdude_ [Administrator]
Friday, February 01, 2008 @ 4:02:07 PM

Yeah, I'm sure this is the case for most people. I have a PS2 and a wii and they're usually pretty stationary.

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, February 01, 2008 @ 11:57:59 AM

The chances of this happening this early on for the PS3 are slim to none, guys.

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Friday, February 01, 2008 @ 12:59:25 PM

I think its a bit early for a slimline one
hehe my ps3 will still be better, cos i put a 200gig hdd in it lol

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Admin PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, February 01, 2008 @ 3:24:10 PM

I don't think that size of electronics are as big of an issue around the world as it is in Japan. Japanese like their home electronics nice and compact. The average home size on the land of the rising is much smaller than those in US and other parts of the world.

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Saturday, February 02, 2008 @ 8:44:29 AM

I agree with Arnold and Admin.

For the rest of the world outside Japan I don't think smaller home electronics is an issue. Look at the size of our TV’s; we try to get as big as we can afford, bigger the better right?
For portable products that’s where you need them to be smaller and lighter, and why it was necessary for the PSP. I don't think the size decrease in PSP-2000 has made an noticeable difference in your pocket but being lighter has helped.
With Sony reducing the size of the blu-ray diode this will help them produce more cost effective and smaller blu-ray drives, so technically the PS3 can be smaller as soon as the new drives are built in. But I don't think these new drives will be implemented in PS3 for a while yet so I don't think a slimmer PS3 will be announced at GDC, unless Sony are far in development with the smaller blu-ray diode?
Maybe T3 are taking their info from an insider who told them about the smaller blu-ray diode and the possibility of how it could make blu-ray products smaller including the PS3? So T3 are guessing and the will look good if they guessed right.

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