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Rumor: PlayStation 3 Price Cut And New Model Confirmed

The hottest current rumor is that Sony will drop the price of the PlayStation 3 and introduce a new model at the same time. In other words, the PS3 Slim would become the default machine on the market and retail for a lower price than the current 80GB PS3 that sells for $399.

French website JeuxVideo seems to have stumbled across some information that verifies this rumor: they say the price cut will indeed come with a new model, and Sony will make this announcement at the upcoming GamesCom event in Cologne on August 18. An update shows that this new console will retail for 299 Euros, although none of this can be considered "official" just yet. There's no point in asking Sony about it because they'll just respond with the standard, "we don't comment on rumor and speculation," and besides, we only have to wait a few weeks to determine if this rumor is indeed true. The timing would appear to be correct, as the PS3 Slim and the corresponding price drop would probably come about for the holiday rush, and just in time for a few great exclusives in the fall. We can always refer you to the "if there's smoke, there's fire" saying, simply due to the sheer amount of supposed "leaked evidence" out there, but we won't make any assumptions. That's another saying, but one that is frequently accurate.

Anyway, we'll certainly let you know if any more news shows up concerning either the PS3 Slim or a price cut. As far as we're concerned, it's the last major obstacle for Sony's machine.  And as a quick update, it seems a listing for the PS3 Slim has just been spotted at Amazon!

8/1/2009 Ben Dutka

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Cpt_Geez
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 11:04:39 AM
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If this is true then that's great but only time will tell. Ill just wait for sony to announce it!!

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Akuma07
Sunday, August 02, 2009 @ 4:08:10 AM

Ummm. Ben....

How can you have the words Rumor and Confirmed in the same title? hahaha

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LividFiction
Sunday, August 02, 2009 @ 1:13:39 PM

Because the rumor is that the new PS3 model has been confirmed.

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fluffer nutter
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 11:17:33 AM
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Very interesting. I'd buy this slim model but I already enjoy the two that I own. I do hope that if this is true that the distribution and sales increase helps people to understand that this is truly a great computer entertainment system. Seriously, people. This thing offers so much bang for our buck. Why do you think so many people have a PS3 as their central unit in their home entertainment system?

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phantomMenace
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 2:25:48 PM

I would also buy the slim model so far I have the MGS model and the original 60GB both of which need new much largers hds. But it all depends on what the slim looks like completely finished if its the same and just smaller that would be great.

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SILVERAMMO
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 11:20:20 AM
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if both or just price cut happens they will unleash the beast

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NoSmokingBandit
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 11:20:36 AM
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Sony is going to dominate this holiday season if this is true. Imagine if they could launch GT5 in November.... Seriously though, wtf is up with gt5's supposed release date?

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Naga
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 11:31:49 AM
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It could be true Sony apparently are planning to cut the prices of thier products which includes Playstation 3.
If GT5 is out by November OMFG the real driving simulator is again KING!!

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Douchebaguette
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 11:41:22 AM
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*rings number*

"Excuse me ma'm, could I have a minute? I'm calling bulls**t."

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556pineapple
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 12:03:54 PM
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You're titles are confusing Ben. I skipped right over the "Rumor" part and I got too excited. That would be cool if it were true though, this would help the sales even more, as discussed a few hours ago.

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xnonsuchx
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 1:36:20 PM

I believe it's happened several times here...RUMORS that something's CONFIRMED. Huh???

I still think the new model might not be revealed until the Tokyo show.

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RadioHeader
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 5:03:13 PM

Confirmed as a rumour, or rumoured to be confirmed? That is the question which keeps us all awake at night.

We can only hope and pray that it's not the latter.

Or the former.

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Kiryu
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 12:18:43 PM
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PlayStation 3 For The Win!!!!!!

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BigBoss4ever
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 12:29:30 PM
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as long as sony makes money, it is a good thing to sell a bit less. cuz we want sony to be strong, then it can produce more great games.

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maxpontiac
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 12:31:28 PM
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Once the price lowers, I will pick up the 3rd PS3 for my house.

That way, everyone can game at the same time!

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BigBoss4ever
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 1:03:49 PM

thats very good idea, i should learn from u. ;D

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Reccaman18
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 6:43:18 PM

Me and my two bros each have a PS3 in my house. Well, I have 2 PS3s. On that doesn't spin discs anymore, which I use for DLs, and the other plays disc based games.

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Tech Guy Chris
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 12:50:27 PM
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People people people, lol. The ps3 price cut tht has been rumored forever during the holiday rush has been in our eyes this entire time. The The extra $90 you will spend to pick up a PSP Go will be used to subsidize the price cut of the Playstation 3 I think. They could lower the playstaiton 3 by $100 and lose ABOUT the same amount as they are losing it now.

Oh, and for you people who say you wont buy the PSP Go because of the price and will get the PSP 3000, you'll be paying the same amount regardless once you pick up that 16gb Memory stick duo.

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fluffer nutter
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 1:01:30 PM

The reason people are saying this is because they would prefer a PSP-3000 for these reasons.

1. Price: $169.99
2. 2 x 8GB Memory Stick Pro Duo = $60
3. That is $230
4. Why is this important? They would not lose UMD functionality and can get those games for much cheaper than the digital version.
5. This means they are saving money.

Is it really that hard to figure out?

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Tech Guy Chris
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 1:28:22 PM

I dont think I would want to carry around two 8gb memory sticks trying to remember which one had that particular game or song or movie i was looking for. i would rather just pick it up and go. As for the UMD, most people dont like it.. Any other Playstation site you go to, including the official us playstation forums, people always complain about it. That's great that its cheaper however.. Oh and no it wasnt that hard to figure out btw. But it is the first time i've heard those five reasons (with the exception of the $169.00 being cheaper). Although, i'm not sure how they will get the games cheaper at the store if they have to pay the packaging costs... but ok.

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fluffer nutter
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 1:50:29 PM

Well, one wouldn't have to carry both memory sticks. One would be in the PSP and the other would be in the carrying case. That is, if one were to buy a case because they care about the maintenance of their PSP to keep it free from scratches, damage, etc. I put the example of the 2 x 8GB memory sticks because most people aren't in the immediate area to purchase a 16GB Memory Stick for $60 like we are, here in California. So, for the same price of two, one can have a single stick in the PSP and not have to worry about organizing their files. They'd all be there. The 169.99 is the MSRP but most people can find this much cheaper. I got my PSP-3000 for $120 in February on sale.
I understand the complaints about UMD (access times, clunky, etc.) but I still would rather pay for them as they are much, much cheaper. I've seen games for $7.48 and the digital download was $19.99. I'd rather save that money for other game purchases. Sony has commented on a digital download service in the future and I hope that we will be able to play our UMD games in a digital-download format but that's all speculation right now. Packaging does play a factor but look at this other example. When Patapon 2 came out, it was automatically 19.99 for download but stores have had it for as low as 9.99. Still, it's a voucher but I went and bought it at a store vs. the PSN because of that price. Once we go digital only, those deals may be very hard to come by, due to lack of competition.

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Tech Guy Chris
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 2:41:33 PM

What store did you come across that had Patapon 2 for $9.99? A quick check at Target, Best Buy and Gamestop each had the game for $19.99. I've seen Twisted Metal Head On on the playstation store start out at $23.99. It's now $15.99.. I wont buy it because I have it on UMD but that's just one of the games where I noticed a price drop. I think the game developers will decide when to drop their prices on the store no Sony. But, I could be wrong..

As for protecting the PSP, the pouch that came with the PSP 3000 is sufficient enough for protection. You would only need a screen protector.

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fluffer nutter
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 3:46:00 PM

I believe I saw Patapon 2 on sale for 9.99 at TRU and it was also listed in an advertisement for Best Buy (Canada). I saw it go for around $15 during release week at Target and for $16 at Fry's Electronics. I got Twisted Metal Head-On for $10 on sale at TRU, along with a slew of other PSP titles for 50% off. I got a nice hard/leather case for my PSP for around $10 at TRU, as well. There have been lots of sales on PSP equipment and games since the beginning of the year. I'm always on the lookout for deals so that I can get more bang for my buck.

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Phoelix
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 12:54:41 PM
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Hey, what about that rumored 360 exclusive coming to PS3? Any more info on that?

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BigBoss4ever
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 1:05:42 PM

which 360 exclusives?

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Oxvial
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 1:11:08 PM

I hope that one isnt castle crashers

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kreate
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 4:53:24 PM

its not announced but supposedly its not a AAA title from the original people who posted the original info

basically dont keep ur hopes high, its not gears, mass effect, splinter cell, halo, or left for dead. or at least... thats what they said.

and... they also said its not castle crashers.

http://www.thesixthaxis.com/2009/07/23/that-exclusive-we-mentioned/

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Arvis
Monday, August 03, 2009 @ 3:33:52 PM

It's Star Ocean.

-Arvis

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Titch1794
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 1:07:17 PM
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PS3 price cut = PS3 win, simple ass

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DaNgerSteVe
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 1:09:34 PM
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So will it be at 299.99 or 399.99 still

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fluffer nutter
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 1:15:14 PM

We won't know until the announcement. This is a commentary on a rumor that has not been clarified or acknowledged.

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Radiitz
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 1:14:34 PM
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LOL! I think this website has just proven the PS3 Slim's existence.

http://www.amazon.de/Sony-PlayStation-3-Konsole-slim/dp/B002JM1GPU/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1249107552&sr=8-7

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Highlander
Sunday, August 02, 2009 @ 2:59:01 AM

Run that page through a translator and see what you think.

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Shadow_Ninja
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 1:18:02 PM
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My ps3 just died yesterday so I might wait to get this "new model."

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Masterofallz
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 2:13:29 PM

Im betting you have the 60GB model.

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Shadow_Ninja
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 10:53:24 PM

Yea... my pride and joy...

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KuNI
Monday, August 03, 2009 @ 3:38:59 AM

whats wrong with 60gb models? i have a 60gb and it's been fine.

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gumbi
Monday, August 03, 2009 @ 9:44:41 PM

sigh, sadly the launch 60Gb's have quite the YLOD problem. After 2 years and 3 months mine went belly up. And boy did I look like a schmuck after convincing several friends to purchase PS3's over 360's because a PS3 just wont fail... foot in mouth. Oh well, I wont defect, but I refuse to replace it until they drop the price. I can only be gauged for one console per generation. On a brighter note... my once neglected PSP has seen more use lately.

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Jawknee
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 1:38:30 PM
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If true I'll buy another. Any word on the b/c coming back via a firmware update?

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Shadow_Ninja
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 10:54:13 PM

You'll buy another just for the heck of it?

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Masterofallz
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 1:58:07 PM
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I hope you guys do realize that picture was submitted by a user, not by Sony or any manufacturer.

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fluffer nutter
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 2:02:57 PM

You do realize that the picture was not up there when the original listing was put up on Amazon.de, right? It's just interesting that Amazon would put up that name for an item coming. Wouldn't Amazon get in some big trouble if they were wrong?

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Highlander
Sunday, August 02, 2009 @ 5:54:36 PM

Dude the way you're talking about that listing, it seems as though you don't realize it's a user created listing. BTW< if you're aware of that, are you also aware that the sellers behind the listing sell European 60GB PS3 refurbs?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 4:15:43 PM
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Maybe I'll get a slim too, just for fun :)

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mackid1993
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 4:43:29 PM
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*the suspense*

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Bugzbunny109
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 9:01:21 PM

You're right! That ps3 slim shown before was hideous! Looked like Frankenstein’s ps3 :) It appearantly had went under evil surgery.

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BeezleDrop
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 5:14:38 PM
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There has to be a price cut, manufacturing costs have been reduced by roughly 70%, there just has to be a price cut!

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Stratsman
Saturday, August 01, 2009 @ 5:16:14 PM
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I'm not buying another PS3 unless mine takes a dump again so a price cut or new slim model doesn't affect me either way.

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Mercenary47
Sunday, August 02, 2009 @ 12:33:52 AM
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Right now, we are in the early bits of Requiem for a Dream. The rumors started out slow, but now they're coming by more and more. Things are starting to tense up. If that price cut comes and graces the PS3:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EqU_yOXXUQ

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___________
Sunday, August 02, 2009 @ 1:59:47 AM
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???
how is that PlayStation 3 Price Cut And New Model Confirmed?
just because 1 site claims that, im not that naive.
if so does that mean the info on the German amazon is true?
ill believe theres a price drop and ps3 slim coming once sony have announced it.
what he said at the PS3 conference at E3 is so true.
the industry is so concerned on future matters not on today.
honestly 99.99999999% of articles i read every day about games are rumors.
how about we start focusing on what we know and less on pulling things out of the air.

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bOnEs
Sunday, August 02, 2009 @ 2:04:10 AM
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as long as the new PS3 slim has a hard drive at 120GB, i'll update to the new machine... my 40GB HD is really beginning to be a hamper on getting new games and stuff... i'm out of space and need more... but like i said, i'll sell my current one for $150 to get the slim, if it satisfies my needs...

ohh, and i surely hope it can play PS2 games too... please... but my goodness, we(i) need a machine with more to offer at a reasonable price... some of us 40GB guys are ready to move on up...

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Highlander
Sunday, August 02, 2009 @ 5:53:12 PM

If PS3 BC is put back it will most likely be without any additional hardware (since that adds cost). In which case it will be software and will work on any PS3 model.

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JackieBoy
Sunday, August 02, 2009 @ 3:49:48 AM
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I may change my 40GB model, only if it will have ps2 b/c. Other way there's no sense...

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Masterofallz
Sunday, August 02, 2009 @ 11:49:34 AM

Well, I took a look at the information and I found this :

"
-PS2 Abwärtskompatibilität wird per Software möglich. Dadurch erhofft sich Sony höhere Verkaufszahlen. "

That was one of the pros. Im betting that says something about it having ps2 b/c.

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Highlander
Sunday, August 02, 2009 @ 5:50:53 PM

@Masterofallz

No, I'm afraid you're wrong. Run the page through a translator and follow the links. It's a user created Amazon listing created by someone selling 60GB systems with BC and NOT, repeat NOT, a PS3 slimline model. The backwards compatibility mentioned is specific to the 60GB systems in Europe, and is in no way indicative of BC being included in any slimline system

Quite apart from anything else, if Sony manages to pull off PS2 compatibility on the PS3 without putting some PS2 hardware back in, then it will be available either as a firmware update or PSN downloadable and work with every PS3 out there.

I'll repeat it one more time to be clear. The Amazon listing is NOT a real listing for a Sony PS3 slimline model, it is a user created Amazon listing that erroneously uses the phrase PS3 Slim but is in fact someone selling reconditioned 60GB Euro PS3 models.

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Snaaaake
Sunday, August 02, 2009 @ 8:45:09 AM
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How many rumors has it been...........
The only thing we can confirm is WORDS from Sony themselves.

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Helghan 224
Sunday, August 02, 2009 @ 9:31:16 AM
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Didn't they say they'd change the font of the Playstation 3 lettering from that spider-man style to a new one? That sounds crazy! Plus it STILL looks pretty cool. Don't know about buying a new one though, thats alot of save files I'd have to move...

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Highlander
Sunday, August 02, 2009 @ 5:52:19 PM

They didn't say anything about changing the font or logo. That is an assumption people are making based on the logo glimpsed in the 'leaked' pictures reported to be the pS3 slim and it's shipping box.

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redman479
Sunday, August 02, 2009 @ 1:06:25 PM
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I'm getting a slim, that way I'll have a Ps3 downstairs and upstairs. That way I won't have to keep moving my 60 gig around.

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kariderek
Sunday, August 02, 2009 @ 8:51:26 PM
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The title starts off as 'Rumor' and ends with 'confirmed'. This is terrible journalism.

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NonProphet
Monday, August 03, 2009 @ 12:43:03 AM
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Yeah, it just doesn't make sense to say that a rumor is confirmed. Does it mean that its a REAL rumor? So if we weren't sure before, now we know its a rumor? If Sony came out and said it was real, than it wouldn't be a rumor anymore....basically it's an oxymoron.

Personally, I think the slim is real...and you can't confirm a rumor.

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fluffer nutter
Wednesday, August 05, 2009 @ 3:45:04 AM

You two really need to learn how to comprehend. Honestly. The title states that this is a rumor. The rumor is that a new model and price cut are confirmed. How hard is that to understand?

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Robochic
Monday, August 03, 2009 @ 8:57:49 AM
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Time will tell, I'll wait for sony to officially announce the new price and model.

If this is true thats awesome.

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