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New PlayStation 3 SKU Clears FCC

We're waiting on the official statement from Sony, but after a new PlayStation 3 SKU - CECHE01 - was given to the Federal Communications Commission, the SKU has apparently cleared approval. There's a short-term confidentiality that will expire on May 14, but in the meantime, we do know that this SKU is based on the 80GB model.

There has been much speculation about the new version, which has been rumored for months now. Some believe it's something similar to the Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots bundle that Japan is getting, while others think it's the Ceramic White PS3 (also available in Japan). Many people are hoping this SKU is for the oft-rumored 120GB PlayStation model, which was supposedly "confirmed" by GameStop earlier in the month thanks to a company conference call. The bottom line is that we can't say for certain what CECHE01 really is, but regardless, it's still a new PlayStation 3 SKU. We figure it'll boost PS3 sales numbers no matter what, especially with plenty of big-name software titles on the way.

If you'd like to see the official documentation, feel free. The Label and Location clearly shows the new SKU for the PlayStation 3, but there's nothing here that expressly outlines the details of this new model. We'll keep looking, and hopefully, Sony will unveil CECHE01 shortly.

3/31/2008 Ben Dutka

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Monday, March 31, 2008 @ 11:15:25 AM

woopy just go buy a 120 gb hdd at bestbuy if you want that much space... i mean who really need 120 gb anyway

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Monday, March 31, 2008 @ 12:10:00 PM

i do. And don't buy from Bestbuy, they're a ripoff. :P But i do get what you're saying, what is the point in releasing all these new models with bigger HDDs. Well for one thing, it's kinda like a dick mesuring contest between them and Microsoft. A bigger HDD is just added bonus. Besides that, if you can lower the production costs to a point where it's cheaper to add in a 120gb drive and still have a lower price people are going to buy. Also, changing the size of the HDD makes it easier to differentiate. If you release a new product and want something to make it sound better you would put a unique identifier. For instance, the 60 and 20 gig versions both had the PS2 chip in there but were expensive, also they used a 65nm cell chip. The 40 and 80 gig had the ps2 chip removed for lower production costs and a 45nm chip for enhanced efficiency and power consumption. not to mention the differences between the 60 and the 20 ver. as well as the differences between the 80 and 40 version. So if you want to release a slightly better version and want people to know it's slightly better then you would have to give them some comparison. if they released a better version with an 80 gig hard drive, it wouldn't be easy to differentiate between the two and you would have to say something like, ps3 80gig 65nm cell chip and ps3 80gig 45nm cell chip but not a lot of people would understand that and it would just confuse them.

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Monday, March 31, 2008 @ 12:54:43 PM

I could have sworn SCE said something about "no more nre PS3 SKUs for s while" a couple of months ago. It confuses the consumer.

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Monday, March 31, 2008 @ 4:30:27 PM

Why cant they just tell us what it is? I like speculating, sure, but it gets really old, really fast.

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Monday, March 31, 2008 @ 5:57:40 PM

I've used over 80 gigs already on my ps3, but i put in a 200 gig hdd a while ago
so alls good :)

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Monday, March 31, 2008 @ 8:15:01 PM

If i may make an adjustment to smotpoker420's question.
What person who can't install a bigger hdd themselves needs 120gb?

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