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New PS3 Model Clears FCC

If you were following along with our E3 coverage a few weeks ago, you were one of the first to learn that Sony would be releasing a new PlayStation 3 model later this year. It was announced during the press conference, and we told ya about it about 25 seconds after Jack Tretton spoke the words.

And now, according to PCWorld, it seems that very model has cleared the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. The filing for a new PS3 model - CECHL01 - was just recently approved, and although there was no information provided for this model, we're automatically assuming it's the version announced at E3. If you're wondering why there are no details, it's just because "Sony was granted short-term confidentiality on the papers," but we have to assume it's that redesigned 80GB model. Basically, it's the same as the current 40GB model (which should be replaced), but only with a bigger hard drive. It'll still have the good stuff, like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, but it won't have backwards compatibility for PS2 software. Remember how Sony said they're adopting a "forward thinking" strategy, and they could afford to lose b/c...?

Anyway, we just wanted to inform you that this model is inching closer to an official launch even as we speak. It might be fun to speculate that "CECHL01" is something different than what was announced at E3, but it doesn't seem likely. We won't stop you, though.

7/28/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (14 posts)

WaR_HaWk
Monday, July 28, 2008 @ 10:17:57 PM
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b/c is nothing, just get a ps2, its only 100$. ps3 was made for ps3 games, not for ps2 games!!!

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Advent Child
Monday, July 28, 2008 @ 10:27:04 PM
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Like I have said. HDTV and ps2 dont really go together while hdtv and ps3 do go together, even for old games. I dont have any non hdtvs anymore so if my 60gig fails, I will be ridding myself of ps2 games, which to me is really really sad

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, July 28, 2008 @ 10:29:46 PM
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There's no need to ditch your PS2 collection just because you have a HDTV. I have one, too, and I play PS2 and PS1 titles all the time. :)

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Bugzbunny109
Monday, July 28, 2008 @ 10:44:16 PM

dude you still play ps1??? my 2 ps1's lie around gathering dust.

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dso8515
Monday, July 28, 2008 @ 10:34:19 PM
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I might be totally wrong in making this assumption, but I would think that the people who find b/c important would have gotten a PS3 closer to when it was originally released (like the 60 GB that has pretty much full b/c with PS1 and PS2). When I bought my 60 GB around this time last year I wasn't necessarily looking for b/c because I had a PS2, but since my PS3 was b/c I was able to give my PS2 to a friend of mine who didn't have one and I had definitely gotten my money's worth out of it by that time and I can still play PS2 games whenever I have the urge, so it was a win win situation.

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robinhood2010
Tuesday, July 29, 2008 @ 6:31:35 AM

I disagree. I couldn't afford the 60gb, and b/c would still be great. I find that I have ps2 games I have never played, but simply dont because I have ps3 games. Disgaea 2 is sitting there in the plastic, and I know I would love it, but I cant be bothered to pick up my ps and start playing it again.

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LCF
Monday, July 28, 2008 @ 10:50:45 PM
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Maybe It's DVR based...J/K it's more than likely the new 80gig PS3.Sony really needs to focus on one SKU and stick with it.However a $399 80gig PS3 is a steal in my opinion.I bought the 80gig back in Nov of 07 and is worth every penny.I've enjoyed the audio and visual fidelity it offers,to games and movies both HD and DVD upscale and words cant tell you what a 7.1 DTS Master Audio soundtrack does.It's great system all around.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, July 29, 2008 @ 12:19:53 AM
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bugz: I'm playing Chrono Cross right now! Of course I still play my PS1 games. I don't keep them for my health...I will always love RPGs, so how could I completely ignore the greatest RPG system of all time? :)

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Kiengo
Tuesday, July 29, 2008 @ 12:25:08 AM
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I would have loved to have a 60GB but I didn't have money at the time. I like everything to look neat, so an all-in-one package would be nice, but I've got a ps2 as well, so I'm good :-)

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Scarecrow
Tuesday, July 29, 2008 @ 1:40:14 AM
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Yes!
Now ps3 is only $50 more than a 360(HHD-less 360s don't count)

This will definitely put Sony in a position where people can't bring up the price factor anymore. In the holidays the Playstation brand along with LBP will definitely make ps3 the favorite.

Anyway I got myself a 60GB model last year but I barely if ever play ps1/ps2 games on it. I still love my ps2 for that. The ps3 just doesn't feel like it should be playing last-gen games.

I still have my ps1, I still like giving it a go since it gave me so many great games and memories. Crash Bandicoot it's what's all about.

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Scarecrow
Tuesday, July 29, 2008 @ 1:41:41 AM
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Sorry, by the way I'm actually thinking of getting me that White 40GB ps3.

Wanna be able to team up with my brother on the other room :D. Us together is better than any damn clan.

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Qubex
Tuesday, July 29, 2008 @ 2:10:28 AM
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It will be nice to finally get a standard SKU model, however I still believe users are being short changed. The original 60GB model is still the best. I use all its features, including the card slots...

Sony had no choice, by not being competitive on price there was the very real possibility that XBOX360 would have entrenched itself deeply within the gaming community, making it difficult for Sony to share that market in the early years. I guess a cheaper SKU and cheaper price tag was and is the only way to keep balance in the force...

Q!

"aLL RoAdS LeAd ToO HoMe"

Last edited by Qubex on 7/29/2008 2:12:25 AM

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psplayer
Tuesday, July 29, 2008 @ 4:35:17 PM
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Yes! This is finally my chance to snag myself a PS3.
By "snag" I mean buy lol.

Any news on when this will be put into production/on shelves?

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togenshi
Wednesday, July 30, 2008 @ 10:08:57 PM
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Im grateful that i bought my 60gig ps3 last year for AU$1000. I was 18 and that was 100 hours of slavery at kfc, but damn it was worth every cent. It has never ever failed me and its memory slots and ps2/ps1 capability means that i only carry 1 ps3 when i travel around. As it is, i still play ps2 games cause i just didnt have the time before. Eg gowII and ffxii,etc. Plus ps2 upscaling kicks ass. Memory cards make it easier to dump stuff from your camera and everything else.

Im really surprised when sony nerfed ps2 support. But oh well, ps3 is a win win situation anyway.

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