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Slim PlayStation 3 Photos Spotted, Sony Denies Everything

We just got done talking about the possibility of a slimmed-down PlayStation 3 in our E3 rumor collection, and lo and behold, some pics have arrived.

One of them is right here; to see the rest, head on over to CVG. Apparently, these were leaked from a production line in a Chinese factory: if you look closely, you will find a Blu-Ray disc drive, USB ports, and of course, the PS3 branding on the top and bottom of the obviously slimmer machine. Now, wouldn't it be nifty to have a smaller, more efficient and 'cough' cheaper PS3 on store shelves? Okay, maybe it won't be cheaper but even so, a Slim PS3 is a more attractive buy for a variety of reasons (most all cosmetic, but whatever) and we'd love to see it arrive sooner rather than later. As the technology gets better with every passing day, manufacturers can quite simply fit more stuff into a smaller space. Sony has already removed many of the now-unnecessary parts in the production of the PS3 and it costs about half as much to make as it did back in 2006. Therefore, it may seem perfectly logical to assume we no longer need the huge heaviness of the PS3's outer core. ...of course, some of us kinda like that sexy giant sitting there in the entertainment center. It just looks right, you know?

But anyway, Sony has unsurprisingly denied everything, saying very clearly to CVG: "We don't know anything about the system in the photos." So, it could all be one big joke. Or, it could be unveiled at E3...

5/14/2009 Ben Dutka

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Comments (114 posts)

Gogaku
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 10:59:47 AM
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Looks as fake as Joan River's face...

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Highlander
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 11:02:16 AM

That packaging (box) didn't look terribly fake, and the logo on the box matches the logo on the clearly unfinished (possibly fake) slimline casing.

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Nynja
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 12:13:13 PM

I say it's real. Whether or not it is a prototype, it's real. The only thing that kills the idea of this being a prototype is the box. Why would they have a retail box for an unfinished product?

Too many things are correct to claim this to be a fake.

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www
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 12:42:06 PM

Maybe Gogaku means it looks cheap and inferior....like the sixaxis and dualshock 3.Dualshock 3's weighty feel makes it seem more quality.

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Highlander
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 12:47:53 PM

@Nynja

The casing could be pre-production, and the logo may not be on the final units. The image on the product box doesn't have sufficient detail for good analysis, but I don't see a logo on the unit on the box.

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Nynja
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 1:14:52 PM

@Highlander;

Nice, didn't notice that till just now. That could possibly be due to the lighting / glare. The PS3 logo is a very dark flat black just like what the glare creates.

I have to agree that the image of the PS3 is not clear enough to make a final determination. Though, the other logos (Sony, Playstation, PSN, Bluray) appear to be clear enough to prove that this is not a knockoff.

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Gogaku
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 2:16:59 PM

It just looks too cheap and plasticy to be real. People have gone through more trouble to start an internet rumor before, so the packaging box doesn't prove anything.

I might be wrong, but it sure looks like one of those fake consoles you can buy at markets in Thailand that's loaded with some bullshit roms.

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Gregory Freeman
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 3:32:50 PM

i think it looks a tad ugly from wut i've seen...i'll keep my ps3, don't need it all uglied up...
IF, and its a big If, the system looks better than this "prototype", then i might consider it...

it kinda looks like those renders everyone makes, like say a new system comes out, ppl will make up designs 4 it... to me it looks like one of those ppl gained access to a production line..

doesn't the system hdd's go up like 20, 40, 60, 80 then 160? where does 120 GB fit? i unno, could be a stupid question, but i just felt like asking it..

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Wage SLAVES
Friday, May 15, 2009 @ 4:57:07 AM

lol
I had to Google Joan Rivers, but PERFECT comparison!

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cheeseburger
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 @ 1:14:53 AM

u mean as plastic as micheal jacksons nose

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Highlander
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 11:00:03 AM
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If there is a new slimline system that would be a perfect time to bring a price cut. It might also be a perfect time for a phat PS3 with backwards compatibility to be the premium SKU at the higher (current) price.

Just sayin'....

The biggest cost items in a PS3 are :-

Cell BE, RSX, BluRay, Motherboard, PSU, Case/HSF, PSU.

If the Cell BE and RSX got to 45nm, then they become cheaper through higher yields, and they use less power and produce less heat. This would allow the motherboard to be redesigned to bring components closer together without any risk due to heat. The HSF solution can be smaller. Newer BluRay drives are simpler, smaller and quieter. A slimline BD drive could reduce size and weight as well as power requirements and heat production. Reducing the power requirements allows the PSU to be smaller, and also less of a heating unit. shrinking all these other components and reducing their heat output would permit a smaller casing.

The BD drive is the most expensive component after the Cell and RSX. But the street prices for BluRay drives are dropping rapidly. You can pickup a BluRay burner for $150 now for instance.

With new 45nm chips and cheaper BD parts, Sony may be finally able to bring the cost of manufacture close to $300, which would let the price of the unit drop to that level too.

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Nynja
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 12:05:57 PM

I believe the pictures are real. After close investigation of the photos too many things make sense. If it is a photoshop, then this is the best I've ever seen and this person needs to work in movies. The graininess of the picture throughout and the perfect lighting all around.

First: Knock offs don't use real names. They change company names and product names to sound similar. Example: Vii, which never used the Nintendo name on the product or box.

Second: The box is very convincing. If it were a knockoff product designed for the Chinese (like the Vii) there would be Chinese characters. The folded box is complete with the Sony, Playstation, Playstation Network, and the Bluray logos all in English.

Third: If this were a knock off, I think they would cut costs where ever possible. So why would this knockoff use a slot drive vs the tray drive? Tray drives are cheaper to manufactor than the self loading.

Forth: Notice in the pic with the label showing the USB ports. There are 2 little circles that show the PS3's HDD and Wireless activity.

Fifth: The photo showing the back of the PS3 case has the correct number of ports currently supported by the PS3 which all are in the correct position. Again, something that would not likely change when shrinking a motherboard. The largest port on the bottom for the power supply. Next slot over is the port used for the old classic AV output. Then we have the smaller digital and LAN port. Last up is the HDMI port just like in the current model.

I say this is the big announcement from Sony, whether or not it is coming at E3. Of course they will deny and/or reply "No comment". Admitting this now would only hurt them in the short term as it would cause a slump on sales that they really cannot afford right now.

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Nynja
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 12:07:42 PM

See for yourself:

http://gamecolumn.blog17.fc2.com/blog-entry-3136.html

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Shatterday
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 11:03:45 AM
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I think it's fake
I don't like the look of it. Finished or not.

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Phoelix
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 12:03:28 PM

The PS3 logo isn't the one they're using this generation. Somebody photoshopped a PS2 to have a 3 instead.

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Gregory Freeman
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 3:56:39 PM

well, it makes perfect sence to drop the spidey font, and adopt the fonts currently being used on the rest of the current playstation's... that font's used everywhere on playstation products, and the whole spiderman font really doesn't fit in anywhere... plus i kinda like this new font, its not quite ps2/psp font, but it does look nicer then the ps2/psp fonts. i guess i've changed my mind... it grew on me... i want one now >:)

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crapreviews
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 11:09:09 AM
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im not saying those pics are real or fake but think about it...

maybe Sony found some way already to make the PS3 slim like the PS2 and save themselves money from making these slim PS3's and actually start turning a profit? now a day anything is possible.

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Cpt_Geez
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 11:09:28 AM
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That thing looks fake.

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CH1N00K
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 11:15:42 AM
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I still think it's too soon in the PS3's life to be doing this, but who knows..Less materials means more environmentally friendly, and a lot of companies are using that approach to draw in consumers during this economic downturn. Green washing is the thing to do these days...Kind of sucks to think that my big black beast of an 80gb system is obsolete already, but since it's got B/C, 4 USB ports and compact flash/memory card ports, I won't be trading it in anytime soon, that's for sure.

But this could be the answer to the B/C issue, the people that just shelled out 99 bucks to have their new slim PS2, can now afford to have a slim PS3 and enough room in their entertainment unit to put both (because they're both Oh So slim) and voila! for the price of a big PS3, you now have a sexy slim B/C PS3 with 2 optical disc drives! lol

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Nynja
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 12:09:29 PM

Not too soon. Cheaper (cost) is better, right?

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Gregory Freeman
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 4:03:35 PM

I agree with nynja...

in a perfect world (like ps2's lifespan), sure. the ps3 would make the change later on... but due to sony's record losses taken this gen, if they can find a way to turn this expensive whale of a console into a cheaper unit that can start turning positive profit, then they most definitely will do it... cuz as it is, they are bleeding out cash (not as bad as in 07-08, but still bleeding) and if theres a way to mend the wounds and start gaining strength, they'll take it..

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King James
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 11:18:43 AM
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the ps3 logo doesn't look real

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Nynja
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 12:09:59 PM

What about the SONY, PSN, and Bluray logos? Do they look real?

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King James
Friday, May 15, 2009 @ 12:04:21 AM

One word: PHOTOSHOP

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King James
Friday, May 15, 2009 @ 12:04:46 AM

Who let Josh in?

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Jordahn
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 11:24:29 AM
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A SONY UK rep said: "We currently don't have any plans for a redesigned PS3." That might be true, but SONY Japan might have plans for a redesigned PS3. But then SONY says: "We don't know anything about the system in the photos." which is harder to pick apart at. Who knows, but I'm all for it if true.

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Highlander
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 11:32:33 AM

Technically, there is no system in the photos, just an empty and clearly unfinished casing. So technically Sony can say anything it wants about that 'system' in the photos and they're being truthful.

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Nynja
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 12:22:00 PM

Not to mention I found an old Gamespot article where Sony denied the existence of the slim PS2 the Friday before they revealed it.

The news was revealed Sept 21, 2004. Check your calenders, how many days was it between a Sony rep saying "Not a chance" to "Yes it's true".

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Nynja
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 12:38:54 PM

You can also find the news about the 'new' PS2 slim release here on PSXE.

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Fabi
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 11:29:56 AM
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That looks like debry from an alien space wreck.

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Sir Shak
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 11:35:41 AM
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Fake !

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nath08
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 11:43:00 AM
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fake! and its ugly!

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Juanalf
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 11:52:12 AM
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I'll take my black mammoth over that fake or real slim any day.

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phantomMenace
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 12:02:45 PM
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Even if this was true I don't think I would upgrade considering how ugly it looks. I really hope that this isn't true if they were going to redesign I would just want a mini version of what we have, not something that looks like they just cut it in half. I agree with JDHexen I would rather have my 60gb.

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Nynja
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 12:11:02 PM

I felt the same way about the PS2 slim. I loved the classic look better.

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Highlander
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 12:16:11 PM

How did you feel about the super slimline PS2 version we have now?

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godsman
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 12:14:53 PM
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It looks like it'll be 120 Gb hard drive too. It sounds legit, but that picture in the box looks like a photoshop warp of the current PS3.

Laptops manage to be 1 inch in thickness including the monitor, so a 1 inch PS3 isn't so farfetched.

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Highlander
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 12:19:39 PM
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For all the naysayers there, the PS3 logo isn't a factor since the logo on the case may not be the final one. Ever noticed how car manufacturers disguise their new models so that even if someone sees and pictures on in a test drive, it's still hard to know how it will really look? What's to say that Sony couldn't do that?

Also the picture of the unit on the box looks a little more finished than the blank shell pieces for the casing.

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MarvelZombies
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 12:19:45 PM
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gonna go ahead and call bullshit on this right now...if they announce this at E3, I will gladly eat my own words...besides...i've grown fond of the spiderman front...and current 60 gig is still running fine and dandy...

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Byakko2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 12:23:52 PM
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Eww, I would deny that all day like a drunken one night stand. Real or fake, that's an unwanted step-child in my book.

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MarvelZombies
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 12:37:46 PM

like having sex with a fat chick and hiding it from your fiends...this "Ps3" needs to go back into the shadows...

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Edmeist33
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 12:27:23 PM
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Maybe(if real) it's the alternative SKU. A price conscious model Sony is putting out there for all those peeps that bi*** and moan for Sony to do a price cut. They keep the regular models of the PS3+features the same price. The slim model is cheaper-the better features of the regular models. Well there it is introducing the "PS3 Lite", "For the cheap gamer".... Who am I kidding, I'll probably buy 2, one for the kitchen, one for the basement.

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MarvelZombies
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 12:36:19 PM

I'm fairly certain this is fake but the idea for a PS3 Slim & Lite is actually pretty interesting...

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BTNwarrior
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 12:30:24 PM
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It uses the ps2 lettering and it is not shiny. no way that this is real

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Nynja
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 12:34:07 PM

All people ever did was complain about the PS3 getting finger prints all over it and how it was a dust magnet. The original PSP was the exact same way.

The new PSP designs dropped the glossy black. So very likely the PS3 redesign would do the same thing.

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Highlander
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 12:45:07 PM

Actually, no it does not use the PS2 lettering. If you look closely the PS2 lettering has sharp right angle corners on it's letters, this PS3 logo uses a rounded font which is quite different.

It's reminiscent of the PS2 style, but not the same. In fact to my mind this adds weight to the validity of the images because the PS3 logo/lettering is like the PS2 lettering, but not the same. It keeps the same style, which in branding terms is significant. Also, did you note that the corner (towards the middle of the front of the casing where the BD slot and control surface ends and the case rejoins the uniform line of the front) on the face of the unit where the BluRay slot is has a curve instead of a sharp corner?

I'm sorry, but the more people try to pick this apart the more real it looks and feels. The rough, matte finish also looks right along with the matte aluminum control surface for the BluRay drive and power switch. People bitched to the ends of the earth about the shiny model being a magnet for finger prints and dust, and scratches. This casing looks to avoid those issues.

I know that it could still be fake, but I find it good enough to be a possibility, and a really well done fake if it's not.

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Nynja
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 1:04:30 PM

I agree with Highlander;

There are too many accuracies and changes to accommodate complaints from fans. Price, dust, and finger prints being the major ones. This redesign logically addresses all of those while still keeping the original form factor (the curved design).

It's real.

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BTNwarrior
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 1:09:20 PM

I understand what you mean by people hating the smudge friendly ps3 casing we have now, but this design that we are seeing is just not astheticaly pleasing. Sony puts alot of effort into making things look pretty, same way that mac spends alot of time making things look pretty. So the fact that this thing is very dull, not %100 black, and looks like it has some visible screws showing makes me think that this thing is either a prototype or is missing its true casing

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Highlander
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 1:11:46 PM

Visible screws? Where? There were no screws there yet, and each and every screw hole on the casing will be capped with a rubberized insert during manufacture anyway.

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BTNwarrior
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 1:15:23 PM

the image is pretty small, but it looks like there are two screw holes about 3 inches in each direction from the bottom left hand corner and three holes on the right side in the middle of the thing.

not saying it is false, just saying if it is real this is more than likely not what the final casing is going to look like.

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Nynja
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 1:19:20 PM

The only pic that I can assume you believe you may have seen a screw would be where the Playstation logo sits directly about the disc drive.

If you are referring to the under side of the casing, I think Highlander answered that very well.

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BTNwarrior
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 1:22:04 PM

never mind, just saw all the other pictures and it looks real. Before all I had seen was the little one up in the corner of this page.

My bad

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www
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 12:35:34 PM
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Real or not.It looks real bad compared to the original glossy one.

Trust me, your better off an early adopter!

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kevyd09
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 12:41:25 PM
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it looks fake,ugly,cheap and stupid!!!

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Scarecrow
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 12:58:16 PM
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It's not real

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Highlander
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 1:02:26 PM
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Just to throw another little snippet into the works, compare this PS3 logo to the font used for the Home logo.

http://images.pcworld.com/news/graphics/155171-playstation_home_logo_original.jpg

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fluffernutter
Friday, May 15, 2009 @ 1:33:04 PM

Both round but not the same font. Not trying to argue here. I'm just stating the obvious.

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Dan
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 1:05:47 PM
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I hope its fake. It's very ugly, the original is by far better looking.

If you notice the photo on the box, it isn't the same as the product.

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Highlander
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 1:14:49 PM

The picture on the box is the same, except it's a finished piece with the metalized control surface for the eject and power controls in place. The unfinished pieces of the casing are most likely prototypes and may not even be made from the final material. But since they are not yet finished and being shot in what looks like very harsh flourescent factory lighting it's not surprising that they look a little bleak. However if you look carefully, the shapes match.

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jlch777
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 1:08:36 PM
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this is going to be revealed at E3 along with a price drop. (i hope so!(-.-)).

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N a S a H
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 1:10:55 PM
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LOL! Anyone who owns a PS3 now can get that. Just go outside. Lay the PS3 sideways on the road. Get a 4x4, and BAM You have what we see in the pictures! Nothing more than road kill! :D

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DaNgerSteVe
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 1:17:18 PM
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it doesnt mean its fake. for all we know it could be a practice model to see what would it look like

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Oyashiro
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 1:31:18 PM
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I don't know... Something looks fake about it...

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JoshuaAdam360
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 1:41:00 PM
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Off topic but who missed me!=D

Ben I know you did! Admit it.;)

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SarahPalinMILF
Friday, May 15, 2009 @ 2:55:10 PM

everyone hates you...only a matter of time before you're banned again...

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SarahPalinMILF
Friday, May 15, 2009 @ 2:55:17 PM

everyone hates you...only a matter of time before you're banned again...

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crump602
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 1:45:53 PM
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Its just a PS2 slim made to look like a PS3, A crappy lookin one at that! FAKE FAKE FAKE! Also looks like a crappy cake! lol

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Bardock617
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 2:25:31 PM
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the "S" is in the PS2 style. its totally fake and a bad joke.

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Highlander
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 2:50:51 PM

No, it's not. You're wrong, compare actual images, the letters P and S have a style similar to that of the PS2 logo, but instead of sharp right angles, the corners on the letters are rounded. Not as rounded as the actually round letters on one of the old, old PS3 logos, but this PS3 logo is not the same as the more geometric PS2 Logo, they share stylistic features, but they are not the same.

Here is a link showing the PS2 logo you are referring to, note the sharp right angle corners;

http://bluelinepro.com/storecomics2/images/playstation2logo.jpg

Now here is the PS3 Box from this CVG report;

http://bluelinepro.com/storecomics2/images/playstation2logo.jpg

There is a similarity in style, and yet they are clearly different.

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Bugzbunny109
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 2:36:31 PM
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Uglyest console I have ever seen in my life.

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SarahPalinMILF
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 9:42:45 PM

woah lets not get ahead of ourselves here...are you forgetting about a little machine called the shitbox360...

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Bugzbunny109
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 2:36:33 PM
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Uglyest console I have ever seen in my life.

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fluffernutter
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 2:55:28 PM
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I still don't understand why people complain about the PS3 being a dust magnet and how people get smudges all over it. Don't you regularly clean dust off of every other piece of furniture that is in your house? No big deal. And the smudging... why are you even touching your PS3? I can't remember the last time I even touched the controls since everything can be done from the game controllers.

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Scarecrow
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 3:00:26 PM

Use rubbing alcohol to clean it and all the smudges and fingerprints will disappear

magic!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, May 15, 2009 @ 12:42:52 AM

I never dust, you should see this place.

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godsman
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 2:58:37 PM
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There are plenty of potential fat to be trimmed. It's just a matter of time.

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twenty8nine
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 3:09:07 PM
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I hope this isn't near a final prototype. It is just plain ugly. It is so disproportionate that I can't imagine Sony allowing it to go into production. The best way to add value to PS3 to convince more customers by lowering the price and bringing backwards compatibility.

I'll take my shiny, 60 gig BBPS3 (big beautiful PS3) over something that looks like that anytime.

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KOSMOS111
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 3:11:31 PM
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I think it definatley looks fake but thats just me

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Vivi_Gamer
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 3:11:55 PM
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Its an obvious fake, just look at the 'PS3' font, it looks like the PS2 font instead of the PS3 version. and thast just for starters.

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fluffernutter
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 4:25:34 PM

To all of those that are saying that the PS3 font on this mock-up is similar to the PS2 font, do you think that a box and a balloon look the same?

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www
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 4:27:33 PM

True! The font alone looks too ps2ish.

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bearbobby
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 3:16:03 PM
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I make it a point to never accept internet rumors or images at face value. We've all seen the pic of a shark jumping up to attack a chopper, doesn't mean it's real. You've got to wait till an official announcement as always, and you know they're not going to announce it till it's on the shelves, they don't want to lose any potential sales of the outdated models.

Don't hold your breath for an E3 reveal unless this is way ahead in the production stage than it looks. And for my money, it looks kinda cheap, and doesn't appear like it would be stable standing up vertically at all.

I don't mind the glossy finish of the PS3. It's stylish. I don't understand all the complaints of fingerprints on your consoles. Are you guys moving it everyday after eating a bag of chips or something? lol

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zerostar39
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 3:20:44 PM
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it looks like the back is too big. it's more square shaped. the current one is more like a rectangle. and I think that makes it ugly.

but regarding the ps2 style letters on it, if it is real, they would probably be trying to market it to all those that have a ps2 but haven't yet upgraded to the ps3. so that would kinda make sense.

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tes37
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 3:21:29 PM
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In the photo it looks a little too slim to be real.

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Highlander
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 5:10:11 PM

Click on the CVG link and google the PS3 slim, there are several more pictures. The shape of the pieces for the casing match the shape of the unit on the box, it's not a simple photoshop warp.

There are several pictures of people handling the pieces that give some scale, as do the sizes of the openings for ports. It looks to me that the unit is approximately 9 or 10 inches wide at least 2, perhaps 2 and a half inches thick and about as deep as the current units.

The placement of the air vents suggests that the current cooling system, or something very like it is still present inside the unit.

If you only go by the picture shown here on PSXExtreme then you will never believe it to be anything other than a fake, but if you look at all the different images and combine the consistency of each along with the technical aspects of building a slimmer/smaller PS3 it becomes an awful lot more plausible. It's still possible that it's fake of course, but I definitely wouldn't dismiss it out of hand like so many people are doing.

This may even be something that get's denied all through E3 and even the summer. I wouldn't put it past Sony to be working on this with their partners so that they can stockpile a decent number of these for a autumn re-launch of the PS3 with a slimmer model and a slimmer price. No point in them doing that during spring or summer which are traditionally quiet months. Far better to bring the slim model in September or October along with a slim price. I think that everyone would agree that a new slim model that is $100 less than the current model(s) would sell like hotcakes, and Sony would be well served to have a bunch of units ready to go. I'm not sure whether the 45nm Cell and RSX chips are available in quantity yet, I was under the impression that they would be entering full production in late spring/early summer. Which would fit perfectly with an autumn launch for a slim system.

These could easily be pre-production units, or early runs using early 45nm chip samples.

Just don't be surprised is this is denied and fades for a few months before exploding in September/October.

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godsman
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 7:29:35 PM

Yes I don't think they will announce it just yet, they have a Infamous bundle coming out soon.

But E3 is the best time to announce something like this, which makes me think this is a fake. Although a lot of thought has been put into this. The increased to 120 gig drive.

From what i see, only about 1/3 of the fat is trimmed. Sony cannot just slim down a product and not change the logos. They did that for the PSP (changed the ring size and buttons). So it's possible they change the lettering.

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The X Factor 9
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 3:25:30 PM
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I like the PS3 just the way it is...

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xnonsuchx
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 3:46:51 PM
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Looks rather faked to me. I don't think Sony would change the PS3 'font' to a PS2-type one. Even if it IS real, my goodness, what an ugly piece of ____!

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NoMoreWar
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 5:04:06 PM
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looks pretty fake. I certainly hope its fake. that thing is ugly as sh**

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Zapix
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 5:14:20 PM
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Gonna have to agree with the "it's real" group. The pics are sketchy, but likely from a cellphone or something. You don't waltz over to take pics of a prototype PS3 with an HD digital camera... lol Granted they could be fakes, but I'm not going to call a bluff.

The design seems right, the possibility is there... The reasons for it more than exist.

From the looks of it, I'd say it's about 50% thinner. The logo is NOT using the same font as the PS2, as I have a PS2 near my PS3. As earlier said by Highlander, the PS2 is a sharp edge font, this PS3 is curved.

Now will Sony announce this at E3? If it is real, it depends on WHEN these pictures were taken, and how far along they are in finalizing it. If this is all they have, it's possible we won't hear about it till later in the year. That of course is if this is real.

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ImInFFXIII
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 5:44:33 PM
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I just want a price drop soon, I don't care if it comes because of a new model or just because, it is still slightly too expensive. At $300 each they'll outsell everyone from now until the next generation. As far as slim versus the current model the biggest issue when it comes to size for me is how far back it will have to sit, the slim PS2 doesn't really stand on its own, but they have a stand for it so I can see them coming out with one if there really is a new slim PS3

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Robochic
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 6:02:13 PM
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Looks fake.

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Jed
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 11:26:18 PM

WOW!! Thanks for the insight man!

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LightShow
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 6:45:04 PM
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one interesting thing i noticed was that sony didnt use its standard "we dont comment on rumors and speculation" phrase and went for a straight up "this is bogus" comment.

I think Sony's legit on this one. chalk one up to the far east!

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godsman
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 7:24:42 PM
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I guess it looks fine if you lay it flat like a dvd player, stocked on top of another machine. It wont be able stand up or it'll look really weird, which takes the point out of showing off the PS3.

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mustang750r
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 8:22:13 PM
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To me this looks like a concept of what could come, but it's hard to believe that they would drop the font.

Not to gloat or anything but I'm taking a Digital Design class and I work on logos and ads for real clients and one thing thats always important for a business or product is for it to be recognisable. With that said, if you look back on the multiple iterations of the PS brand you'll see that the logos are always the same with the exception of the PSone. So I doubt SONY would change the logo/font.

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BikerSaint
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 8:24:46 PM
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Whoa, I thought that was a pic of the new slimmer George Forman Grill!

Although I think a cheaper slim is coming sooner than later, I sure hope it's not this one cause it certainly looks like a dollar store reject.


But if it is legit, then this just goes to prove 1 thing....
We "CAN" put lipstick on a pig"

But just maybe on the plus side, you can stack all your other consoles right on top of it so this one fugly duckling can be heard, but not seen!

"THE PS3 SHOULD BE CHEAPENED ONLY BY PRICE, AND NOT BY IT'S LOOKS"

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Jed
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 11:21:12 PM
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I just dont think sony would change the PS3 logo for a slim model. They didnt do that for the slim ps2.

come to think about it, didnt they do it for the psone? I dont remember. But this does look fake.

The only redesign we will see are the silver and white consoles.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, May 14, 2009 @ 11:37:45 PM
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I like my girl with a little junk in her trunk.

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Oyashiro
Friday, May 15, 2009 @ 12:28:17 AM

+1

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Banky A
Friday, May 15, 2009 @ 1:15:59 AM

Me too.

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Banky A
Friday, May 15, 2009 @ 1:16:21 AM

Bro. ;)

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OriginalSin
Friday, May 15, 2009 @ 1:55:48 AM
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Well I don't know... I think it fake or maybe an early concept design. They will draw up a couple of ideas and the "build" a couple of them as concepts to show to the CEO's before they make a final decision. So this might be old or just one of many concepts...

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Sol
Friday, May 15, 2009 @ 2:12:42 AM
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I looked at the pictures on the site and all I can say is the older model looks cooler. Therefore, if rumored PS3 looks like this... I don't want it. There is never just functionality, but aesthetics as well.

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007
Friday, May 15, 2009 @ 4:25:32 AM
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eww, this piece of shi- better be fake! It's so damn ugly! Gosh, ps3 brand will be doomed if this turn out to be real. I will stick with the original ps3 thank you.

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fluffernutter
Friday, May 15, 2009 @ 12:44:44 PM
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"Gosh, ps3 brand will be doomed if this turn out to be real."

So the gaming industry sells consoles purely on aesthetics? LOL

I like my sturdy PS3s, that we have in the house, and if a revision helps to get more consoles into homes, thus generating higher software sales, then I'm all for it. The higher the sales, the more companies will be willing to spend time (read: not lazy) and design good, quality games for the people.

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CrazyIrishBoy
Friday, May 15, 2009 @ 12:53:39 PM
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Mmm, seems bigger than the origional ps3...

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ceedot
Saturday, May 16, 2009 @ 6:25:16 AM
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Definately looks fake. I'm sure this was made in someones backyard.

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Dingodial
Saturday, May 16, 2009 @ 10:44:15 AM
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This is uglier than the xbox 360! If it's real though, I hope they ditch the matte paint and stick with black-white-gloss. The current PS3 looks better.

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CrazyIrishBoy
Saturday, May 16, 2009 @ 1:30:25 PM

Dude, i seriously doubt it will look like this, if its real its not complete yet.

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CrazyIrishBoy
Saturday, May 16, 2009 @ 1:30:39 PM

Dude, i seriously doubt it will look like this, if its real its not complete yet.
EDIT: oops, double post - how did that happen??

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shootu
Sunday, May 17, 2009 @ 10:58:53 PM
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WTF JoshuaAdam360 is back? I thought that loser was banned. Thats GAY!

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Macintoshgamer
Sunday, May 17, 2009 @ 11:30:14 PM
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So fake... Sony wouldn't make such an ugly console. And they wouldn't use such crappy plastic or odd logo.

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david13579
Monday, May 18, 2009 @ 6:38:43 PM
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I think many people that are saying it's fake have not look at all the pictures and only looked at the one here. My first impression when I saw the pic here was also that it is horrible but after I saw the bigger pictures at Engadget I started thinking it may be real. And the worst of all is that the pic here is the underside of the unit but I guess that, just like I did, many people think it's the whole unit/top.

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