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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

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Qubex
Saturday, June 28, 2008 @ 11:09:35 AM
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When I fist purchased my 60GB PS3 I let it run "Folding @ Home" for long periods of time. At the end of the first month my electric bill soared by $60 dollars. I was dismayed. Subsequently I now never run "F@H" for long periods of time... sometimes only for an hour or two whilst my PS3 controller is recharging...

Q!

"aLL RoAdS LeAd ToO HoMe"

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NoMoreWar
Saturday, June 28, 2008 @ 12:23:50 PM

ditto

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Deleted User
Saturday, June 28, 2008 @ 7:50:51 PM

The 40 gb is the best PS3. It uses the 60 nm chip and makes aproximately NO sound when turned on. The 60, 80 and 20 all have the 90 nm.

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Qubex
Saturday, June 28, 2008 @ 10:33:40 PM

Mine makes a slight humm when turned on... but it is a comforting sound...

Q!

"aLL RoAdS LeAd ToO HoMe"

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The_Vandelizer
Saturday, June 28, 2008 @ 11:47:59 AM
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I dont care about the bill honestly i have 2 ps3s a 40gb and a 60gb its all good to me the 60gb is the one i use the most....

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Fabi
Saturday, June 28, 2008 @ 11:57:10 AM
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I had no idea it was that bad. Wow. Good thing I only play about a hour a day.

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Dan
Saturday, June 28, 2008 @ 1:34:25 PM
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but compared to PCs that is nothing...Desktop can consume up to 300 - 400Watts if not even more depending on what you have installed in it.

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ZubraZap
Saturday, June 28, 2008 @ 2:06:19 PM
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I thought the 40gbs solved this problem already...

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Tatsujin
Saturday, June 28, 2008 @ 3:55:58 PM
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Idc about my bill... If im entertained im all good :)

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fatchad420
Saturday, June 28, 2008 @ 4:44:55 PM
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I have my 60 GB PS3, Custom PC with 750 Watt PSU, a Media Center PC with a 400 Watt PSU, Vio Laptop, Gaming Laptop, 400 Watt Projector, 350 watt server and 2 HDTV's. These things are on all the time, no wonder my electric bill is 280$.

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Reccaman18
Saturday, June 28, 2008 @ 5:07:50 PM
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I wonder if they will implement this into 40 and 80 gigs...

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Bugzbunny109
Saturday, June 28, 2008 @ 5:16:01 PM
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Now I see why the electricity bill went up when i got the ps3.

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bamf
Saturday, June 28, 2008 @ 7:45:37 PM
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A slimmer cheaper PS3 and we'll see everyone buying it.

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Qubex
Saturday, June 28, 2008 @ 10:31:42 PM

Bamf, I was thinking about it, however I will probably now save the money for a future modded PC rig... as another commentator put it here, I think PC modded/user content is the way to go if one wants to "cheaply" extend the life of PC games - of a specific genre of game - like FPS's for example.

Whilst the PS3 will no doubt "open up" in the future to a greater extend, it really depends on Sony. They want to control all aspects of their business - very logical approach - however a modding/homebrew scene will simply not take off.

If the PS3 was completely open, if I were permitted to install Linux on there and have no restrictions... I would purchase a few :)

Q!

"aLL RoAdS LeAd ToO HoMe"

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jerocarson
Sunday, June 29, 2008 @ 12:02:36 AM
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cool, since we got the pre paid electric reader in africa, it's not really been easy runing the game for 24hrs, well that's a great idea. bravo! sony

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ChOzInWuN
Sunday, June 29, 2008 @ 12:12:00 PM
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I don't know about that bamf. I mean how many times are you gonna change the architecture of the ps3, and is sony that abscent minded to think we will all throw away our 500/400 dollar ps3's for this new model? Is sony trying to make everyone that already dished out the cash for either of the first couple systems left out, or short handed? I just don't get it and maybe I'm being an idiot here but stick with a f^&cking model and sell it....before you know it the next monthly ps3 model will be out and come complete with a robotic arm to whipe your ass and butter your bread for you. Why wasn't this kind of S@*T thought of before the original release anyways, is this tactical...now will the masses hurry to sell their old ps3 at 66% of what they paid to secure this one? Again i hope I'm not sounding like a baby but it just makes me think with all these changes and improvements(obviously more than apparent more will come soon) within a half year my ps3 will be inferior to others on the market....and after dropping that much money this is a feeling noone should have....If I was Rockefeller none of this would be an issue but unfortunitely I'm not.

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CRAZYWHITEMAN
Sunday, June 29, 2008 @ 4:46:47 PM

OMG I know same with the Iphone

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CRAZYWHITEMAN
Sunday, June 29, 2008 @ 1:47:22 PM
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Why all the new PS3s Slims,120GB now a better one all these make my Ps3 inferior does Sony offer a upgrade plan I have a 80GB but it was the best when I bought it now its value will be lowered by these superior Ps3s :{

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Gregory Freeman
Sunday, June 29, 2008 @ 2:12:31 PM

agreed 100% sony should really think about a upgrade plan if they are to effectivly implement this new slim ps3..

the idea itself of a slim ps3 is very logical.. ps1/psone slim, ps2/pstwo slim. even the psp got its slim(psp2000 series.)
logic would diictate that a ps3 would be followed by a ps3 slim.

the timing however isn't that logical... theres roughly a 3-5 year period between phat and slim

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CRAZYWHITEMAN
Sunday, June 29, 2008 @ 4:36:32 PM
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Totally we 1st buyers get the outdated stuff while new buyers get everything from new features to cheaper prices

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CRAZYWHITEMAN
Sunday, June 29, 2008 @ 4:38:41 PM
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At least wait a couple years B4 releasing it

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CRAZYWHITEMAN
Sunday, June 29, 2008 @ 4:49:41 PM
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well Sony doesnt care about us consumers they only care if they make money no matter how we are sheep to their brainwashing awesome grass

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armedkiller
Sunday, June 29, 2008 @ 6:12:01 PM
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I really hope they implement an Upgrade Program as well, as mentioned above. I don't know about getting a 120Gb, when i could just buy a 500gb hardrive and replace my 80Gb with it.

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CRAZYWHITEMAN
Sunday, June 29, 2008 @ 6:37:03 PM
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or a terabyte

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jerocarson
Sunday, June 29, 2008 @ 10:34:27 PM
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m not moved.

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xStatiCa
Monday, June 30, 2008 @ 11:22:20 AM
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Qubex said...
"When I fist purchased my 60GB PS3 I let it run "Folding @ Home" for long periods of time. At the end of the first month my electric bill soared by $60 dollars. I was dismayed. Subsequently I now never run "F@H" for long periods of time... sometimes only for an hour or two whilst my PS3 controller is recharging..."

Something majorly wrong with a PS3 using $60 of electricity per month when on 24/7...

average cost of electricity in the US is 9.6 cents per kWh (kilo Watt hour)

1000 / 130 watts = 7.6923 hours of PS3 use per 1 kWh
30 * 24 = 720 hours in a month

720 hours / 7.6923 hours = 93.6 kWh used by PS3 per month

93.6 kWh * 0.096 dollars = $8.99 per month

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