Report: Sony planning super slim PS3

4000 series could be revealed at Gamescom

Sony could be ready to announce to a new PlayStation 3 model, according to new documents filed with the Federal Communications Commission.

The images posted on Pocket News refer to a CECH-4001x model, which Eurogamer suggests is a new, slimmer console that will be launched at Gamescom in August.

Sony has yet to comment on the FCC documents.

"We haven't announced anything new on PS3 in terms of hardware revisions," president of Sony's Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida told Eurogamer in June.

"We should never say never - hardware guys are always looking at ways to make things cheaper, smaller."


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Patrick Frost QA Project Monitor 9 years ago
A streaming version of the PS3?
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Maybe a size zero PS3, that is portable enough to move from the couch down to the local pub and back?
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Kingman Cheng Illustrator and Animator 9 years ago
I was about to say is anyone really going to want to move their PS3 around, but then I remembered that these days when the sun is out, instead of going out and enjoying outdoor activities, students often run outside with their laptops. So winning idea?
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Terence Gage Freelance writer 9 years ago
Patrick - "A streaming version of the PS3?"

I doubt that would be the case, so soon after the Gaikai acquisition. Unless, of course, Sony themselves were making considerable headway into cloud technology before Gaikai were in the picture.

Regardless, smaller, more efficient hardware is always a good step. I however still have my 80GB phat PS3 with a Samsung 640GB HDD installed. No reason for me to ever upgrade. Hopefully.
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Matt Martin Editor, GamesIndustry.biz9 years ago
If there's a super slim version on the cards, I would expect another SKU with a huge hard drive as well. 500GB - 1TB? Super-slim for the family/price conscious consumer and a super-fat for the hardcore download-a-shit-tonne-of-games crowd.
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Antony Johnston Writer & Narrative Designer 9 years ago
I have an old Fat PS3 with a self-fitted 350GB HDD, but I admit if they did a super-slim and energy efficient model with a decent sized HDD inside, I'd probably go for it. If nothing else, just to get the fan noise and power usage down...!
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well - you know all those gaming conventions and conferences. the PS3 is the most handy thing around...
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Mick Crane Technical Support 9 years ago
I'm guessing it's just a simple revision with an external PSU and a flip-top lid ala PSTwo...
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Sebastian Moss Editor -in- Chief, PlayStation LifeStyle9 years ago
A slim, cheap PS3 bundled with Wonderbook and some JK Rowling-starring ads should do pretty well
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Rod Oracheski Editor, Star News9 years ago
The hardcore crowd doesn't want a SKU with a big HDD they pay twice retail for, they just swap in their own.
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Rodney Smith Developer 9 years ago
If the new one's called slim can we call the old slim 'Hunchback'?
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Andy Samson QA Supervisor, Digital Media Exchange9 years ago
I think the more appropriate name for the streamlined console would be "PS3rim"
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