Sony Submits PS3 To FCC For "Parts Changes"
Rumors continue to circulate regarding the possibility of a new PlayStation 3 model, although GameStop is telling everyone that a 120GB model is "confirmed." Sony hasn't announced anything official just yet, and the latest report implies they haven't made a decision on what the next model is going to be. However, perhaps they've already made that decision, but are keeping it under wraps for the time being.
According to theSimExchange, Sony submitted the PS3 to the FCC on February 19 for "parts changes." Supposedly, they are "changing the model name and parts other than wireless module," although these new "parts" remain a mystery at this time. We'd like to think they're talking about the return of that graphics synthesizer chip that enabled full backwards compatibility for both PS1 and PS2 software in the 60GB PS3 model, but that's probably hoping for too much. It was a very expensive feature, and in order to save on production costs, it was one of the first to go. Then again, we had heard a few months ago that SCEJ was looking to hire an engineer with "backwards compatibility software" experience...again, a mystery as to why. However, there is a very real possibility that one of the parts changes could be a larger hard drive, which means this FCC submission is all about that aforementioned 120GB model.
For now, all of this is just sheer speculation. Sony hasn't announced any PS3 changes, but we know they're gonna have to some time soon. We'll let you know as soon as Sony decides to lift the veil.
2/21/2008 Ben Dutka