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