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Analysts: PS3 to Get Smaller Hardware, Breaking-Even Soon

  While Sony doesn't sell the PlayStation 3 with the same losses they did when it first launched (no where near that), they've still yet to break even on the console. In order to help the process of breaking even, manufacturers need to keep shrinking the architecture of the console, which often leads to price-cuts, as well.

   Nikko-Citigroup has upgrade their rating for Sony, and cited one of their reasons being the anticipation of the console breaking even this August. So the prediction from Nikko-Citigroup is that Sony will be shrinking the console's architecture sometime soon, which will help lower manufacturing costs. But, whether or not the shrinking is external or internal, we don't know.

   Personally, we wouldn't bet on an externally revised or smaller PlayStation 3 for another two years, at the very least. Historically, consoles shrink after about 4-5 years of market life, and the PS3 is only now approaching two years. This prediction from Nikko-Citigroup is in-line with what Sony's CFO had to say about breaking-even, stating sometime in the second-half of 2008. Analysts are expecting the new chipset to compose of a smaller Cell processor, measuring less than 65nm, and the RSX graphics chip measuring less than 90nm.

4/21/2008 Arnold Katayev

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Comments (9 posts)

Reccaman18
Monday, April 21, 2008 @ 6:55:30 PM
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I cant imagine a smaller looking PS3. I wonder how they'd do it exactly... But this is good news none the less. I have always been a Sony fan, so anytime I hear that they are doing well, I am happy!

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, April 21, 2008 @ 6:59:01 PM
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A smaller PS3 will happen, there's no doubt about it. But you'll definitely be waiting a few years. If they do redesign it, it'll only be a few nips and tucks here and there. Nothing more.

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Tatsujin
Thursday, April 24, 2008 @ 9:48:44 PM

Few nips and tucks, I don't really think thats worth a slimmer system, and besides... showing off my beast-looking Ps3 scares all the X360's around my house! Even my friends! XD

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babyjay
Monday, April 21, 2008 @ 9:50:15 PM
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Wow a smaller Godzilla that would be cool...

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OtisFeelgood
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 @ 1:09:26 AM

haha

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KidCallaway123
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 @ 8:59:11 AM
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Technology will always advance and allow them to downsize the unit itself. It will take a good amount of time.

All I know is that the PS3 is living up to its billing so far.

With the games bound to be getting even better in the future we are in for some serious fun.

Love the new look of the site by the way! Great job here as always!

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orangpelupa
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 @ 10:59:39 AM
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sony will use smaller components,
when the fabrication yield got better, im sure sony will move to smaller fabrication.

but will it make sony give more price-cut? O_o

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JamieMGS
Thursday, April 24, 2008 @ 1:16:37 PM
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They will make a small Ps3. The evidence already exists look at every other playstation ! there's a small ps1, ps2, and psp. so why wouldnt they do it with the PS3 ?

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Tatsujin
Thursday, April 24, 2008 @ 9:51:22 PM

But guys, Look at the size and shape of the PS3 now, honestly I don't think a smaller PS3 would look good, sure they slimmed down the Ps1, Ps2, and PSP but let's think here... Smaller Ps3... With everything thats in it atm? I don't think that will happen honestly and if it does... itll probably look ugly. Im fine with the way PS3 looks now... (Although I do wish I woulda waited untill MGS4 Gun-Metal Ps3 came out -_-')

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