New super-slim PS3 model on the way?

FCC documents indicate Sony preparing new console rumored to be smaller than current slim model; may be announced at Gamescom next month.

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A new PlayStation 3 model appears to be waiting in the wings. According to a Federal Communications Commission filing (spotted by Japanese website Pocket News), Sony is preparing a new 4000-series PS3 model, an update over the current 3000 line.

The new PS3 would be even slimmer than this, if rumor proves true.
The new PS3 would be even slimmer than this, if rumor proves true.

The filing does not mention dimensions, but Eurogamer "has heard" that Sony is preparing to announce a slimmer PS3 model at Gamescom 2012 next month. If Sony does announce a new PS3 model at the German industry event, it will not be the first time the company has done so.

At Gamescom 2009, Sony announced the PS3 Slim, a system refresh that is 32 percent smaller, 36 percent lighter, and uses 34 percent less power than the 2006 launch model.

A Sony representative told GameSpot, "We do not comment on rumor or speculation."

During the 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo last month, Eurogamer quizzed Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida about the possibility of an even slimmer PS3 model, to which the executive teased, "We should never say never--hardware guys are always looking at ways to make things cheaper, smaller."

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Cedar-Teeth

Thats good to hear, i think this is the last PS3 version before they announce the PS4 on the E3 of 2013

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Psychokillaz

@Cedar-Teeth I think PS4 will come out sometime in 2014.

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blackwingzero

@Psychokillaz

That would probably work within the timeline for how long they wanted this gen to last.

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Cedar-Teeth

@Psychokillaz

Yeah me to, but i think they announce it on the E3 of 2013.

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Elem3nt

God why do console developers feel the need to push a new model out the door every year or two. Why redesign a system that is already becoming outdated tech wise. It's hard on the enviroment and it's pointless.

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surferosh

@Elem3nt it is not exactly 'pointless'.. newer slimmer models are also cheaper.. it increases the sales for the company.. and that is always good for them.. late adopters of a console generally do not go for new tech as soon as it launches.. hence the impending PS4 will not have much appeal for these people. as for the environment, any model that uses lesser electricity is always good for the environment isnt it ?

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Getbacktogaming

Price cut? = D

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ollie2000000

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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@buying1999

The best console EVER made? What a joke. I don't see any Xbox 360s running Battlefield 3 at 2560x1600 or 1920x1080 on multiple monitors and with all the settings maxed out. (not that the PS3 can do that, but it certainly does better than the 360) And the "overpriced internet ready blu-ray player is doing just fine and costs the same as a new 360.Heck, it's even got a standard HDD!

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Now Sony, pulling a "We do not comment on rumor or speculation" is something MS does, please don't turn into MS, i don't really like the direction the Xbox is going in, so dont turn into MS!\

I honestly don't see this working out very well, how the heck will they keep a Super-Slim PS3 cool if they can't cool the current PS3s good??

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justinka777

@Hobbes444

wth are you talking about? ive left my PS3 on for days at a time and its never over heated. in addition the reason it stays on for days is cause its so quiet i forget its even on, unlike a certan other box that is cooled by a leafblower pointing the wrong direction

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GamerLegend10

@Hobbes444 "We do not comment on rumor or speculation" is what everyone says to GS, lol

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Raeldor

If they're going to make it smaller, they should make it look like the bottom half of a laptop and then release an optional top half clip-on 'screen' to make it a portable PS3 laptop. I know a lot of kids that would LOVE something like that to take round to their friend's house.

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amaan4ever

Man my launch ps3 is starting to sound like jet taking off. And also starts having frame rate issues with fallout NV. Maybe I need to switch after 4 and a half years of extreme use

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Getbacktogaming

@amaan4ever Wow, you never had issues with it? (my friend's blu-ray drive died 3 times and he was barely using it!) Keep it as long as you can, the price of the slim version can only go down and like thegamegod said I don't think your frame rate issues are due to your console (but rather the actual game). I know Bethesda games start having issues after the save file reaches a certain size on the PS3... That's just a hypothesis. Sadly the only fix I know is to delete the save file.

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thegamegod

@amaan4ever i dont think the frame rate issues stem from your system being old...even on my ps3 slim it runs like crap.

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phillkillv2

I still like the professional look of the original PS3.

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xcollector

@phillkillv2 You mean the professional George Foreman Grill look?

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dylan417

I still got my fat PS3 from launch day 1, still works great.

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Psychokillaz

@dylan417 me 2 and I still got other os in mine with YDL 65k roms/games, Firefox and Opera, 40 emulators from every PC or console system 82-07, torrent programs, VLC player etc :)

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kb8618

Sweet. If priced right, ~$150, ill get a 2nd ps3, Hopefully they can reduce the size by another 25-50%

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TacticaI

If it's fully loaded I'll be sure to pick one up. The PS3 has been on my wait list for quite some time now, now I have to wait and see if this turns out to be the truth.

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Psychokillaz

@TacticaI hurry up cheapie! you are missing out on great games! the ps4 will be here b4 you know it. do not wait too long

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TacticaI

@Psychokillaz Lol, it has nothing to do with being cheap, I got lazy/stopped caring when the devs started releasing everything multi-platform. Now there are enough exclusives across the board (but in this case for the PS3) out or soon to be out that to me actually justify buying another console.

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ligerplease

@buying1999 relax dude

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zoeyleft

i like how the playstations, once bought, lasts like a lifetime with games!!

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rezabehbin

ps3 is the best

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AuronAXE

I am only fine with this if it DOES NOT take features away. The Slim effectively eliminated all possibility of playing PS2 games on the PS3.

For people complaining about the 3DS XL, the only bad thing about it is that the screen is bigger and the games are literally scaled to a higher resolution. I haven't played it but I'd assume the visual quality takes a hit when playing games on it. The original 3DS screen was bigger than necessary anyways.

I don't get why devs have to make such tiny resolution games.

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Psychokillaz

@AuronAXE you can play PS2 games thorugh the PSn now on slims also soon with Gaikai you can stream any PS2 PS1 or PC game to PS3 or Vita

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SolidSnakeTPF

@buying1999 This comment makes no sense at all. You say that Sony is a failing company that has to cut costs by selling a cheaper system, and then go on to say that all the fanboys will be going out and buying one. So remind me again why is Sony in debt? If you have read up on anything involving this ordeal it has absolutely nothing to do with the PS3 side of things. Sony does not just make consoles you know.

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moviequest14

@buying1999 '' The over priced internet ready blu ray player '' which has Uncharted , inFamous , Twisted Metal , Little Big Planet , Heavy Rain , Ratchet and Clank , Wipeout , Killzone , God of War , Ico/Shadow Colossus , Journey , Resistance , and Sly Cooper.... while ''the BEST console EVER made'' has .... Gears of War and Fable and Halo? You're really entertaining... please continue. It's hilarious.

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moviequest14

Sony releases a $200+ (since it's a new model probably more) ps3 remodeling that's main advantage is being slimmer after already having released a slim : Sounds good! I'll definitely check it out! ; Nintendo releases a $199 portable remodeling which is the first remodel of the system and includes 90% size increase and larger battery life : How dare you Nintendo! You rip us all off!

lol , nice option for those that want it or haven't purchased a ps3 , I'll stick with getting the slim though.

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crmorosko

If they went to a slimmer version I wouldn't be opposed to it. Anything that uses less power and can still do the same thing is great in my book. Lets just hope they put a wireless N card in it instead of the G.

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loopy_101

@buying1999 LEMMING ALERT (I think I've seen this guy on Lens of Truth chatting the same crap btw)

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PDXmauler97

@buying1999 How many times has your xbox died?

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FallenOneX

If this is true, what's being removed from this version?

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FollowY0urBliss

@FallenOneX

lol, right?

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dr_jashugan

Looking forward for Super Slim, without fat PS3. 8-)

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remf18

It'd be nice if it had PS1 and PS2 backwards compatability, but otherwise, smaller and more refined isn't bad for new buyers. I'm still with my ancient fat PS3 with an upgraded harddrive I put in after the original ran out of space. No point in buying a new one. Now if this was an xbox360, a new slimmer version would always be welcome. The short lifespans of 360s makes upgrading to the next smallest version of the system more plausible. I remember my orginal 360 left me terrified to play it. Finally sold it to a friend and it died a month later. :(

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StephenBassford

People are being sort of close minded here. Obviously people want the PS4 first and foremost, yet most forgot how well the PS2 continued to sell after the next 3 gen systems (wii, 360, ps3) were already out. I think Sony is hoping the ps3 will be the same way. There are a lot of opportunities to bundle this with God of War 4, or even The Last of Us.

I, for one, will definitely be picking up this since I still have my fat one from 08'. Just seems like Sony is creating a safety net for themselves.

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blacktorn

id buy one,hope it costs less than the current model too

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EggEmperor

I still have my fat PS2 from 2007. Wouldn't trade anything for that. Just the same as the fact that I'm not trading my PS3 slim from a year ago for this (that was a replacement YLOD'ed PS3 fat, also from '07).

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davsonamission

I have a PS3 but i tell you what bring back the backwards compatiablilty and I will be in like flynn...

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Gundamdesign

If so and it comes with a 500 GB hdd it may be a good replacement for my 40GB

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deadpeasant

I wonder if some of the negative comments are due to ego. People like to have the latest version of things as status symbols. Now some people who like saying they have the slim version can't say that anymore.

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vader501st

Enough with the redesigns, focus on the next gen already.

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FollowY0urBliss

@vader501st

Yeah, this.

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@vader501st

I think this means they're getting ready for the next-gen, they did it with the PS2!

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vader501st

@Hobbes444 I certainly hope you're right, fellas.

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GIXX3R

My 60GB launch PS3 is still going strong and I play it almost everyday (knock on wood).

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Philly1UPer

Gamers look for anything to complain about now a days. Hell, half of the people complaining about this and saying Sony is dumb are probably 360 owners who dont even own a PS3.

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Justinps2hero

Blimey, I'm gearing myself up for a ps4 & they are readying another three. Did not expect that.