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Rumor: New PS3 In "Early August"

We're not expecting any major bombshells at E3 this year, but suddenly, we're faced with the possibility that one particularly large bombshell could drop during Sony's press conference next week.

As most of you know, the PlayStation 3 has undergone several transformations since its launch back in late 2006. The first two models were the 20GB and 60GB; the former disappeared quickly and the 60GB model quickly became the norm. It was the only of the available models that came with the graphics synthesizer chip for full backwards compatibility for PS1 and PS2 software. Later, the 80GB version launched with b/c for PS1 games and software emulation for most PS2 titles, and now, we have the 40GB model, which supports PS1 software but no PS2 software. Each model has other little changes, too, but the biggest differences are the size of the hard drive and the backwards compatibility issue for each.

Now, we've been hearing whispers and rumors about another PS3 model on the way, fueled by reports from Sony who admit they will continue to weigh the marketplace and the demands of gamers as they make future adjustments. Yesterday, according to Joystiq, a Wal-Mart employee has gone and leaked a list of products the company is having difficulty keeping in stock. One of them is the 40GB PS3, which "will be replaced with a new model in early August." ...woah, really? This is huge news, but it could just be that they're talking about replacing the Sixaxis with the recently released Dual Shock 3 as part of the 40GB package, so don't get your hopes up just yet.

Then again, the timing appears to be about right. Sony makes the announcement at E3 - perhaps kicking off the new model with a bundle of some sort - than phasing out the 40GB model with whatever this new one will be. It's fun to consider the possibilities, yes? We'll let you know as soon as we hear anything new, but chances are, Sony won't say anything until next week.

7/8/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (31 posts)

infekt
Tuesday, July 08, 2008 @ 11:01:14 PM
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Phew. I thought when I read the title of article that Sony was bringing a new (maybe slimmer) PS3. Then I would be pissed.

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Jove
Tuesday, July 08, 2008 @ 11:29:04 PM
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hell, im gonna be real mad if they announce a smaller, thinner, more energy efficen ps3 after i get mine on wednesday!!!!!

i hope its a long time from now that small one

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bamf
Wednesday, July 09, 2008 @ 6:55:30 PM

If and when ever Sony announce a slimmer cooler PS3, there will be many who will have bought a PS3 a few days earlier and they'll be mad. So someone somewhere will be pissed when a slimmer PS3 comes along, lol.

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ZubraZap
Tuesday, July 08, 2008 @ 11:44:23 PM
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Will it be the rumored 120Gb model?

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MarvelZombies
Wednesday, July 09, 2008 @ 12:17:32 AM
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120 Gb
DS3
Full b/c PS1/PS2

Oh please I beg you sony...

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, July 09, 2008 @ 12:23:31 AM

I know manufacturing has gotten cheaper, but I don't think it's THAT much cheaper. The machine you describe, with the graphics synthesizer chip coming back and double the hard drive size of the original...I bet it would cost what that first system cost: $600.

I would very much love it, though...

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Gabriel013
Wednesday, July 09, 2008 @ 1:29:19 AM

That would be good, even if it was bumping the price back up.

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Bugzbunny109
Wednesday, July 09, 2008 @ 10:03:35 AM

they wont bump up the price again, considering the fact that many people complained about the $600 price tag during launch.

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Aftab
Wednesday, July 09, 2008 @ 1:06:31 AM
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That would be cool. But I am happy with my March 07 60gig model. I have not had one compatibility problem: it plays ps1/ps2 discs that even my ps2 couldn't (having to do with disc read speed, my guess). Moreover, it purrs more quietly than a kitten, and doesn't heat up nearly as much as the earlier 60 and 20 giggers.

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Bugzbunny109
Wednesday, July 09, 2008 @ 10:04:38 AM

Aftab you got your ps3 3 days before my birthday lol

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dillonthebunny
Wednesday, July 09, 2008 @ 2:31:45 AM
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dont forget a new 'eco' ps3 is meant to be coming out at somepoint oo.. it might have that added on top the list of other stuff.

bigger HDD for me is the thing, i have a 60gig (uk)so i have BC, but i will have to seek out a new Int Hdd soon.
i am juggling 21gig spare memorty all the time, i would rather not worry about it. shame ext drives dont handle game data, as most of us would probably be sorted out.

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Luan
Wednesday, July 09, 2008 @ 3:45:50 AM
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i think its that model that was on the news not so long ago...the one that uses less energy or whatever...who knows...IM BUYING MINE TODAY WOOHOO

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fatchad420
Wednesday, July 09, 2008 @ 6:12:07 AM
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lolk

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ThePoetRazel
Wednesday, July 09, 2008 @ 7:22:33 AM
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A few friends of mine have said that they'd get a PS3 if a backwards compatible model was available.
If Sony released such a model i'm sure it would increase sales enough to me worth it.

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Minishmaru
Wednesday, July 09, 2008 @ 8:34:42 AM
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they should really stop confusing people w so many different models. gamers understand the technicl aspects but not everyones parents know. the wii has 1 model and 360 has i think 3. ps3 is going onto lemme think, 60gb, 20gb, 40gb, 80gb, i think thats enough choices as is.

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Bugzbunny109
Wednesday, July 09, 2008 @ 10:09:41 AM

minishmaru, shoping for a ps3 or wii is so much easier than getting a 360. What i mean is that 360 does not include everything you want, for example, some 360's dont have a hardrive. A ps3 comes with everything except backwards compatibility.

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Minishmaru
Wednesday, July 09, 2008 @ 2:20:46 PM

Well I agree with the Wii...considering you just buy a Wii and your set without having to buy any more wires or hard drives etc. But the 360 being harder to buy than the PS3...meh maybe. I'm just saying that there are MORE choices with the PS3 than necessary in my opinion. Like someone has mentioned before, confusing consumers with too many different models isn't the greatest idea.

Back in the day, Snes, Sega,Nintendo,Atari, they were all 1 console per company or however you wanna put it. So if you wanted to play a Snes game...you get a Snes and snes games...no need to worry about which model you need to get to make sure your playing the right one cuz there was only 1 to pick. Sega same thing, only things you had to worry about is why certain cartridges were taller with a yellow plastic thingy attached vs a smaller black cartridge.

btw...remember the game genie? lol I just thought about it...what a hideous device!

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Bugzbunny109
Wednesday, July 09, 2008 @ 2:58:37 PM

I get what you are saying and i respect that lol

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WhiteMonster
Wednesday, July 09, 2008 @ 9:41:51 AM
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ok, if anything new comes out it's going to be an 80GB model, all they're doing is, the new CPU is going to be 45nm, the RSX processor is going down to 60nm and they made a new heatsink for the inside that's smaller and more efficient. (they might make a smaller case now "slim case" since the heatsink was shrunk but that's just rumours for now)

Also, for those wanting a bigger hard drive... do what I did, swap it with a laptop hard drive. I put my 60GB PS3 HD in my Laptop and swapped the laptop 160GB into the PS3. I have a 160GB PS3 Now. If you don't have a laptop. Buy a SATA 2.5" 5200 RPM Hard Drive. the little compartment on the side of the playstation is for the hard drive. Take out 2 screws, pull the old on out and drop the new one in. that's it. No opening ps3 or anything. sony made that slot just for this.

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danr
Wednesday, July 09, 2008 @ 12:47:35 PM

I did the same thing, except with a 200 gig HDD.
Took fuckin ages tho, with all the music and game demos I had to transfer. Worth it tho.
I saw somewhere with a 350gig 2.5inch SATA HDD, for only like 60 quid. Pretty awesome.

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faraga
Thursday, July 10, 2008 @ 1:13:05 PM

that won't work with me, i've got a 40 gb vaio (2003 (VERRRRY slow)) and a 40 gb ps3:P but in some ways its a 80 gb version since i linked it to my vaio using mediasharing:D btw I WANT BC ON MY PS3:( my ps2 broke not very long ago:(

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Bugzbunny109
Wednesday, July 09, 2008 @ 10:16:06 AM
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Hey guys I need help, I cant update Gta4. For some reason i get signed out of playstation network when i finish playing a game, when I try to update GTA it doesn;t update it just sits there at 0%.

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Guerilla779
Wednesday, July 09, 2008 @ 10:54:58 AM
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its the PS3 SLIM......like the earlier reports.


I can guarantee that it is indeed the PS3 SLIM.


The brochures for the new ps3 have been distributed to all the SONY STORES. Trust me.

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asianinvasian
Wednesday, July 09, 2008 @ 12:17:35 PM
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i got a 40gb ps3 from walmart when they had the 100 dollar gift card deal befor the mgs4 bundle came out and i didnt open it hopping to trade it in for a 80gb bundle and from about two weeks i called 7 stores every day and one walmart store sayed that they stoped shipments for all ps3s and they said they were waiting for a 120gb model a circuit city also said that a new model would come out soon and that they never ordered the mgs4 bundle

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BlinkBoy
Wednesday, July 09, 2008 @ 1:24:00 PM
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I don't know if this help much, but pretty much every online and retail store in here in Norway is out of PS3s, they are all waiting for shipments. It must be something Sony is doing, maybe planning a new model because they usually would keep up the shipments supply.

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Mista
Wednesday, July 09, 2008 @ 3:30:36 PM
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I think it is just being repackaged. At 1st there was a 40 gb drought when they changed the bundle from Spiderman 3 to the basic 40 gb. There was a drought again when the 80 gig MotorStorm bundle got changed to the Metal Gear bundle. I think the 40 gig one is either being rebundled or having the six-axis removed in favor of the DualShock 3. I wouldn't mind a newer slimmer model, but unless it includes 100% B/C I'll stick with my launch day 60 gig.

And one last note about everyone mentioning there are too many options 20, 40, 60, 80. Actually you really only have two, 40 or 80. The 360 has 3 and another unannounced Pro bundle coming for $299.

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orangpelupa
Wednesday, July 09, 2008 @ 6:59:20 PM
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Pro and premium is the same thing.

Some region got premium, some region got pro.

Japan got pro. There no premium there.

Cmiiw

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Minishmaru
Wednesday, July 09, 2008 @ 7:29:47 PM
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hmm i don't understand why your gta isn't updatin. i just popped it in and it downloade. try deleting your old system sav? might be too drastic this early th.

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Daedusian
Thursday, July 10, 2008 @ 6:11:11 PM
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I really don't see what's so exciting about a newer PS3 in the works. Shouldn't they be working on other things that are a bit more important? =)

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Doomsquirrel
Thursday, July 10, 2008 @ 7:45:05 PM
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i dont understand why they haven't done backwards compatibility with both PS1 and PS2 games for on the 80GB model from the beginning, isnt it supposed to be the " Premier, Holy Crap, Wizard on a Mountain Shooting Lightning from his Fingertips into the Sky" package?

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Aftab
Thursday, July 10, 2008 @ 9:10:44 PM
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Hey BugzB, Happy belated birthday! I assure you, I thoroughly enjoyed the ps3 on your behalf...

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