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Sony Hasn't Decided On Next PS3 Model

While the latest evidence points towards a new PlayStation 3 model, Sony has declined to comment on any such plans, although it seems the discontinuation of the 80GB model is inevitable. We may have to wait until the Game Developers Conference to get the official line on a new PS3, but in the meantime, DailyTech reports that Sony is "considering the distance it should put between SKUs." Obviously, this implies another model is definitely on the way; it's just a matter of when.

The rumors state that a new PS3 with either a 120GB or 160GB hard drive and the Dual Shock 3 controller is looming on the horizon, but this report says Sony hasn't yet decided what to do. In fact, they say SCEI is "currently holding meetings to settle on what the next package will be." Now, we would assume they're thinking about changes other than a larger hard drive, and that may include the hopeful return of backwards compatibility for PS2 software. Evidently, though, Sony doesn't want the two available models - whatever they end up being - to be too similar.

"There are a lot of different strategies under consideration, but nothing is final yet. They are considering ways to put some relevant distance between the two PS3 SKUs, but it's unclear how that will roll out," the source said.

DailyTech concludes that the Japanese market is "going forward" with just the 40GB model, which is currently available in Clear Black and Ceramic White. The Satin Silver model will hit shelves on March 6. We're hoping Sony will have come to a conclusion regarding a new PS3 model for North America within the next few weeks, and if they do, we'll be one of the first to let you know.

2/5/2008 Ben Dutka

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Warukyure [Power User]
Tuesday, February 05, 2008 @ 11:21:37 PM

If Sony doesn't get something new out and quick this is going to be a negative for the PS3. There are still some people who are holding out the PS3 with Dual Shock3. I don't see why they cut the 80 so soon without announcing a replacement or even mention of a replacement.

I just hope they don't wait until the next fiscal year to release it (April 1). Sure it will give a spike in numbers for the fiscal year of 2008, but if they release it now, they can still push more consoles. With the colour change and Dual Shock 3 system, they might be able to push pass their 8 million forecast with under 2 months left. This will help re-insure investors if they do so.

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Wednesday, February 06, 2008 @ 12:12:59 PM

I am kinda tired of these companies updating the systems only a short period after they are out. To me, the 60gb was the best value at $500. Nice size memory, all the card slots, backward compatible, wireless, etc. And what about the early adopters out there, that bought a system on day one???? Which goes for both systems. Basically they have made it clear to be the one to wait before buying, because the better versions come out later. And they wonder why their sales are down at launch and later when it leaks a newer, more memory, better parts, etc is coming in the next version. Next system that comes out, I'm waiting for at least 8-12months before buying, then I'll get a better version for probably half the price.

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K Phantom
Wednesday, February 06, 2008 @ 7:19:24 PM

seriously?? do we really need more than 40gb of mem?? i got mine on nov 17,2006 and still have about 10gb free... and i got the 20gb version!!!

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Saturday, February 09, 2008 @ 11:22:26 AM

I am quite surprised with the moves Sony have made of late. Confusion reigns. I don't understand why they simply did not leave the 60GB version as the standard version, removing E-Motion to make it cheaper. It is crazy and so confusing for the market.

PS3 60GB FW2.10 | Amiga 1200 060 | XDA o2 WM03

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Monday, February 11, 2008 @ 5:41:09 PM

K Phantom, if you are someone like me, you need all the space you can get! I used to have the 60 gig version and somehow managed to get it down to about 16 gigs before I cleaned some stuff off! lol I had to sell mine because I needed money for college. Being an artist really sucks sometimes!

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