PS3 Slim = Sony's big GamesCom reveal?

Sources: See below.What we heard: Next week, the first GamesCom will kick off in Cologne, Germany. The successor to the Leipzig Games Convention, which drew more than 200,000 attendees last year, will be Europe's biggest gaming event by far. And now, judging by the increasing percolation of...

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Sources: See below.

What we heard: Next week, the first GamesCom will kick off in Cologne, Germany. The successor to the Leipzig Games Convention, which drew more than 200,000 attendees last year, will be Europe's biggest gaming event by far. And now, judging by the increasing percolation of speculation, it will likely have global importance as well.

As anticipation grows that Microsoft will reveal a $100 price drop for the 120GB Xbox 360 Elite at its GamesCom conference on August 19, Sony Computer Entertainment has pulled back the curtain slightly on its own Cologne plans. Reports out of the UK have Sony confirming that one of the items on the docket will be the European launch of the PS3 video store. However, given that the announcement of the video store's North American launch took only a few minutes at Sony's 2008 Electronic Entertainment Expo presentation, that leaves the company with plenty of time for other announcements.

What else will Sony unveil? One publication claims to have the answer. The Web site of Hong Kong-based magazine GameWave declares that the long-rumored PS3 Slim will be the centerpiece of Sony's event. Though the magazine echoes reports that the console will be cheaper and thinner than the current model, its claims are undermined somewhat by the fact that its cover shows a fan-created concept image of the console (bottom). The design is markedly different from the images purportedly leaked from a Taiwanese factory in May (top), which were important enough to warrant legal threats from a mysterious law firm.

Adding to the increasing PS3 Slim speculation are rumblings from European retailers. Furthermore, following reports that Sony is ramping up PS3 hardware orders after cutting manufacturing costs by 70 percent, British industry magazine MCV claims that stocks of the console have dried up in the island nation. It quoted an "anonymous spokesperson for one of the UK's largest national retailers" as saying, "We've been told not to expect any further [PS3] hardware deliveries until September."

The official story: "Sony does not comment on rumor or speculation" - Sony rep.

Bogus or not bogus?: Looking not bogus, according to Wedbush Morgan Securities' oft-quoted game-industry analyst Michael Pachter. "All of the rumors floating around suggest that a PS3 price cut and introduction of the PS3 Slim is going to happen by the end of the month, and GamesCom is the only significant event between now and then," he told Industrygamers.

"We have seen reports out of China about increased PS3 component orders, have seen pictures that look real of the PS3 Slim, and have seen recent reports of declining PS3 stock in Japan and Europe, with comments from retail that they have been told not to expect new supplies of PS3s until the end of August or early September. All of that points to the possibility of an announcement at GamesCom."

Discussion

532 comments
oscar_encinas
oscar_encinas

If it's a new PS3 I will damn kill someone. I sold my fat PS3 for this one...don't want to do it again for a sexier one. I think this time I won't...but I'll be pissed. And YES, BC MUST be back. For the people that doesn't get tired of saying "why don't you buy a PS2, it's only, blah..." 1. HD Upscaling 2. Virtual Memory Cards 3. Not having to unplug everything for playing PS2 games when the PS3 is conected 4. Wireless controllers 5. If having HDMI, 5.1., progressive scan and others 6. Because it is just fair. Only an ignorant wouldn't realize that and keep saying "why don't you buy a PS2?".

Decepticon_11
Decepticon_11

I could give a ratzass about B/C. All I want is the PS3 Slim

fahadsul3man
fahadsul3man

ha ha ha ha wanna know wats bogus ? PPL actually thinking sony's entertainment leg aka sce is gonna survive ...IT wont dummys it is actually struggling like a rat stuck in it's trap .

ChidoriBoyU
ChidoriBoyU

@SaMec3110 ya cuz it uses blu-ray and the blu-ray is reagion free though some movies may be region locked

UnreaLuigi
UnreaLuigi

nice move sony, now the battle really begins for our hard earned cash xbox elite or ps3 slim, enticing

SaMeC3110
SaMeC3110

hi ... Pls i need help... when i buy in USA PS3 slim it is posible play games bought in europe?

endurion
endurion

I have a PS2, but I still want BC on the European PS3. why? Becuse I also have a XBOX, and xbox 360 and a Wii.... and its too crowded next to my TV. I have a us PS3 that has BC, but if I could have it on the EU version I would probably get it too, becuse then I could get all my european ps2 games and all my movies working on the same unit. The only ps2 games I play now are the ones that I have imported from the us that works on my ps3. My ps2 is gathering dust becuse I don´t have the space for it, and I don't bother to start the old console. Also it is the slim version and the hatch don't want to go down enough so if I want to play a game on my ps2 I have to put a heavy object on it so it understands that it has a cd in it. sorry for writing this long text. I guess it comes down to this... Ask your self, would you rather have 2 game consoles to shift between or one that could play everything?

iKingz
iKingz

What I don't get is that if people want to play ps2 games, why don't they buy a ps2? It's still on the market ya know.

metalguitar13
metalguitar13

savage, who needs ps2 bc when you already have a ps2? if you don't, buy one, they are only $100 new and about $70 used

SavageSasuke
SavageSasuke

The moment Backwards Compability comes out for the PS3 is the moment gamers like me (who still value the old PS2 games) are gonna jump aboard the PS3 community.

nickery123
nickery123

bty I think the slim is a good idea as long as Sony doesn't scrap the original look and doesn't reduce the performance and too much of the memory capacity.

nickery123
nickery123

topple the Wii? more like annihilate it. The Wii is already dangerously close to being creamed by the current PS3 and 360 versions. Sony is already trying to making their own hardware to add in to the PS3 that copies the Wii. When that comes out what do you think gamers will choose? The old Wii or the new PS3 slim (or addon to the PS3) that had the same capability as a Wii but is also as good a PS3? The exact same thing will probably happen with the 360.

Kenji_Masamune
Kenji_Masamune

wishful thinking, but if they release a PS3 slim that starts at $299 and has BC with PS2 games then that will entice a lot of gamers to jump aboard. Should they do that, they might be able to build enough momentum to topple the wii within the next few years. But again, wishful thinking.

Dlanan
Dlanan

You know i think that the performance might drop. My frnd had a original ps2 and i had the slim 1 and when i played my games on his ,i found the performance to b slightly better than mine. Who knows whats gonna happen to the ps3 in slim mode. P.S i think ps3 slims gonna rock!

MagicOneUp
MagicOneUp

what make Sony think that the Slim Ps3 gonna sells?! its still a ps3 and it'll do just a bad in the third place.

pujols131
pujols131

do u think the slim will have the same power and performance as the ps3?

issizots
issizots

i also HOPE N PRAY they FIX the ventilation problem with the PS3 that the slim will have being it won't have as much room to duct the hot air as the original model and we ALL know what the ventilation problem does.... it RUINS out Blu Ray Drives where it won't detect games, so i think sony has a WHOLE lota problems still to fix before they need to release this ps3 slim. I've fallen victim to the blu ray failure because of lack of ventilation due to the RETARDED 90nm die sinks that sony just can't seem to get it right with taking old models and swapping them with the new 65nm models as trade ins on old ps3s that's messed up so the problem could be AVOIDED again at ALL COST. but no sony just repairs the model and sends the same one back.

issizots
issizots

[continued]. If it breaks again Sony will be the next company going to court for My damages and others aswell because i'll start a class action that will wake their a zz'z up and start treating their customers like THEY SHOULD. everything else about sony i love except the fact they think being the newer models are out they think they're like worth more money or ur just not worthy of having one if you own a perviously debut model 40gb with the huge 90nm die sink. OR they should ATLEAST add a 3 year warranty for the original model PS3's with the 90nm die sinks if they want to just give the same peice of junk heat machine back repaired but ready to break again within it's first few months after it arrives back at my house next week. hpoe this helps you guys, i love ps3 but i DO NOT repsect that they are greedy appearenly like that. And i DO know they lost money making the systems, but they wouldn't had if they'd just had put the 65nm die sinks in them to BEGIN WITH. I mean gee does these guys even beta/alpha test these systems long enough to actually REALIZE this stuff happens before they actually sell it? COMMON SONY!!!

issizots
issizots

they've TOTALLY eliminated b/c for ps2 because they're still marketing the ps2 and it hurt the ps2 sales inwhich sony discontinued the original 80/60gb version that supported it and i think the early 20gb also did, the 40gb was the only one that only had support for ps1 games. not completely sure but i'm confident that's why.

David_Kniffin
David_Kniffin

Will it have B/C with PS2 games? I think that will be a huge deal breaker with a lot of people.

anik786
anik786

I will be glad about a price cut, but the ps3 prototype slim, that have been leacked, looks UGLY! I hope they change the looks and have new stuff with it or still sell the old ps3.

ad_manselley1
ad_manselley1

I donno i bought my PS3 almost 2 yaers ago and the price hasn't dropped once since so maybe that was the best time to buy, as the value is still pretty much the same. I think Sony need to do something pretty big to reclaim some market share

flyingteddy
flyingteddy

I seem to notice many gamers who own a x360 saying they will buy a PS3 once it price drops but I never really read that PS3 owners will get an Xbox360 price drop or not.

solidine
solidine

I assumed it would happen eventually. They've done it with both their previous systems. That said, are there going to be any benefiets to buying one? I'm assumign it still has teh same features as teh current models (give or take HDD Space), so I can't justify buying one. Especially if it doesn't have PS3 B/C. That said, for those who want a PS3, it's great news. Next gen I'll have to remember not to buy the original model. Just wait for the slim.

blakeney
blakeney

@ Hvac0120 I know what you mean;) i ment to say that the fan boys are those kiddys;p not ALL xbox360 owners......my brother acually chose xbox over ps3 becuase of price and he is selfemployed and could buy a ps3 a day! he is just a cheap-ass and not overly into playing games, so its 100% understandable (a bit i think he is mad for not getting ps3 if he can;p) he goes with 360.

Dgalmun
Dgalmun

Looks cool from the other rumor but it still looks like document.

RandomCTG
RandomCTG

When I start working, then I'll get me a PS3 Slim...already have a 360, and a Wii.

Chief_Kuuni
Chief_Kuuni

i'm gonna get one eventually, just not sure when

TWilliamz
TWilliamz

@sTyLnK I agree. I'm not getting one until the price drops. That extra $100(if its cut that much) will go on games, extra controller, and wireless router

Skreb-Masters
Skreb-Masters

A PS3 Slim might just cinch in me buying one. It'd be the best time to :)

izmickey
izmickey

@TrippingOnWords Well good to see you at least corrected yourself. Kind of a diss isnt a diss. You act or try to sound smart from i can read...your name tag fits you well. I apologized to trip and deleted the message because of my error. The simple truth is it seems like you like too seem ...hmm...smart would be the word i guess. You should have nothing further to say since this had nothing to with you in the first place unless you feel like trying to diss me or insult me. If you do feel like getting back at me send me a private message, kinda not cool filling the post with these off-topic arguments. LEEx1 was more than enough to correct me and at least he didnt try to sound smart.

Triton
Triton

Gee will they make a bunch different colors too...My PS3 will still sit.

TrippingOnWords
TrippingOnWords

@izmickey ;D Wow, angry much? You deleted your previous comment and apologized, which is nice, but you tried to hide your insults towards Trip. You don't have to worry though, I have a good memory. In your post towards him you told him stuff like how he should research things before he tried to post about it, and you tried to sound...hmm...haughty would be the word I guess. The simple truth is you made him look foolish, which is mean and kind of a 'dis,' which in verb form is 'dissing,' or 'dissed.' If I were to further define it, I might say it was like 'verbal assault,' which of course is another, more linguistic, form of assault and can be very insulting.

skullboy950
skullboy950

If you're going to make a PS3 slim, please don't let that abomination in the picture see the light of day.

izmickey
izmickey

guess i did lol....oops, sorry TripSe7en. @ TrippingOnWords BTW, i dont think you know what either the word dissing or assault means, like exaggerating a bit much? I would like to acknowledge your misinformation as well, assault has to do with PHYSICAL abuse or attack. I respected him for liking the xbox360 nowhere did i say the xbox360 sucked or insulted him for having or preferring one. So i did not INSULT(would be the correct word to use)his opinion.

TrippingOnWords
TrippingOnWords

I would be interested in a PS3 by the time this supposedly, well-known-secret-rumor-slim-thing, comes out. I bought my 360 when RPG's started surfacing on it because I'm an RPG fan. I've been leeching off my roomies PS3 for now since there weren't any major RPG's to be found. Now that White Knight Chronicles is coming and since Valkyria Chronicles looks so charming I'm finally interested in giving a crap about the PS3. ;D @izmickey Because you enjoyed dissing on the poster before you for being ill-informed, I'd like to acknowledge your misinformation. Before you assault a fellow gamer voicing his/her own personal opinion, do him/her the honor of reading their post. Although it's a bit abbreviated, Trip does say "I can think of many other cross platfor and exclusives that I'll be getting for my 360." Trip never said that those games were exclusives, Trip just said that s/he would prefer to own them on 360. And just because someone's a silly fanboy doesn't mean you have to pick a fight every time. If one console was truly superior why on earth would all three of them still be thriving? ;p

ubercomp
ubercomp

Slim rumor = true Price drop rumor = the MSFT xbox 360 hype machine created these... think of all the disappointment in Sony in the marketplace when they announce the slim PS3, and it's at a $399 price point. Everyone will continue to think that Sony is dropping the ball.

LEEEx1
LEEEx1

@izmickey You should learn how to read a little more carefully next time before calling anyone else foolish. He didn't say they were exclusives, he said he'll get them on the 360 because of the better online network. And IIRC, Splinter Cell is a 360 exclusive nah? I ain't no 360 fanboy or whatever. I don't even own one. I own a PS3 and Wii but you just made yourself look hella foolish. Good day.

izmickey
izmickey

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TripSe7en
TripSe7en

All this hype IMO is worthless without the games to back it up. There are only 2 games that I will be getting for my PS3, U2 and GOW3 (Next Year!). There are not any other exclusives that really make me want to spend my money on a PS3 game. On the other hand, I can think of many other cross platfor and exclusives that I'll be getting for my 360; L4D2, AC2, MW2, Splinter Cell, and others. And I am only getting those on the 360 because IMO it has a much better online network. If Sony could concentrate more on PSN and making it more user friendly and accessable I would most likely buy the cross platformers for the PS3 as I have always been a Sony fan at heart. But this gen they blew it IMO of course.

link1709
link1709

Screw all of that. What is the blood of bahamut?

princeaminparke
princeaminparke

Finally sony sees how it feels to lose 4 a change,there in last place and must make this move. Nintendo won this time. There's only 2 years lefted till next gen.,ill take more than this move to beat the big N

D4NZEL-709
D4NZEL-709

@BenBenBen93 Well that new lionhead game is gonna need to compete with some good PS3 exclusive titles and why would they have a 3hr conference just to announce a new SKU their will be loads more

izmickey
izmickey

i just want to add that i find this kind of strange. Seems like the console that offers more for your buck(PS3) is not doing too great, while the other system(xbox360) which offers less is selling better but the wii which offers the LEAST is the best selling console....something is not right in this current gen console business.

Avenger1324
Avenger1324

Just drop the price already - that's all we care about. Instead of faffing about with the size or features - still less than the original 60GB, just drop the price and get competitive. In the UK the PS3 is still twice the price of the 360, and never gets the price reductions and promotions that the US and Japan get.

izmickey
izmickey

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D4NZEL-709
D4NZEL-709

@Muteki_X I am not a sony board member i got this from N4G or Kotaku dont remember or they are going to make it come with the huge 3.0 update installment. And if it is what i said before buy them of PSN i am sure they will make u put some code when u purchase to get it for free..

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

@partytimekegs people talk about how expensive the PS3 is... look at the PC. If you want to keep up you need to spend $1000's nearly every year... at least if you want to get the most out of your games. My PC is pretty good. I run an ATI Radeon X1650 Pro PCI-e with 512MB, Core 2 Duo 2.6 E6600 @ 3.2 GHz with 2.5GB DDR2 RAM @ 800 MHz and it does a great job of running the current-gen games I've run on it. I'm just pointing out that PC gaming can be very expensive to keep up with. I also prefer a controller most of the time. Mouse and keyboard can be great, but controllers are easy to use. Also I like the simplified interfaces without having to worry about everything else going on in the background. Developers like consoles because they don't have to worry about so many different configurations. Their biggest concern is the HDD storage size. With PC's you have so many configurations to program for. This also falls back to the consumer who ends up having problems with certain games because the developer didn't plan for your configuration and the game crashes or runs terrible. With consoles, games work consistently for all consumers. _