More Energy Efficent PS3 On The Way
When you first brought home your shiny new PlayStation 3, you were probably surprised at its impressive weight. Then, if you played it for a significant amount of time, you were even more surprised when you got the electric bill. Well, Sony has responded to negative feedback surrounding this latter unwanted feature, and are planning to ship a "third-generation hardware version" of the console this holiday season.
According to TGDaily, this new machine will consume 10-20% less power, thanks to a new, smaller combination of a 65nm RSX GPU and a 65nm Cell processor. In order to effectively complement this new setup, Sony will input new "cooling architecture," which will replace the current copper heatpipes with smaller aluminum plates. As of now, your PS3 consumes about 135 watts today; this new overhaul will bring that number down to between 100 and 120 watts. And by the way, if you own one of the very first PS3s (the original 60GB models), they hold a 90nm Cell processor that consumes up to 180 watts. Now, the next question should be obvious: will this change allow the PS3 to fit into a smaller case? Will we get that "Slim PS3" sooner than expected? If they have the space, they just might do it... They could bring the energy consumption and the weight down all at once.
But a cosmetic change hasn't been confirmed; only this new "green" model that should become available some time later this year. Chances are, you won't even know it arrived; the new batch of PS3s will simply consume less power. But we'll keep you updated if anything new pops up.
6/28/2008 Ben Dutka