The new PlayStation 3 slim model will cut power consumption from 230W to 200W and weigh in at 2.6kg down from 3.0kg, however, it will not include PS2 compatibility.
According to StingyGamer.com Sony is preparing a sizeable PS3 price drop soon which will coincide with Nintendo's 3DS console release in March (although IndustryGamers.com states Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter predicts June) followed by a new hack-proof PlayStation 3 console in development.
To quote: "My source, who also told me the NGP's price will be £250 in the UK, stated Sony has been preparing a price drop in the UK for quite some time now and are finally preparing to make said price drop to around £170 when Nintendo's 3DS console releases in March.
The price drop for the slim PS3 SKUs would mean a staggering price drop from the PS3′s original price will be witnessed; with the recommended retail price being £255.30."
EverythingHQ.com (linked above) also states that Sony is reportedly developing a hack-proof PS3 SKU, to quote:
"The hack-proof SKU will be a slim PlayStation 3 model and will contain a 300GB hard drive as an incentive to purchase the hack-proof system - the price of the SKU will be £186.99, my source informs me.
The scheduled launch is unsure at this time due to Sony seeing if they can win the battle in the courts against the root of all the PS3 hacks - George Hotz.
Sony is essentially trying to get rid of all the old SKUs with these price drops - and even their own price drop incoming possibly - so it makes way for their new hack-proof model."
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Just looking at what PS3 Software represents in terms of revenue it is clear they will not leave this market due to some "hacked" PS3's: engadget.com/2011/02/03/sony-posts-1-64-billion-profit-playstation-has-strong-holiday/
I'm guessing the new firmware/PS3's will have a MD5 signature. Once the unit is ready, they MD5 it, save that number hidden in the system,then on boot it compares that number, and if anything has changed, it might shut the system down giving an error code, and advising you to contact costumer services.
As for them selling them off cheap in the UK, is great news. Now it makes it more in arms reach, to make a 5 screen games system. GT5 , wow
Self destruct antitampering device maybe? Or e-fuses...
One option would be to block running of any SW signed with the old keys but then you'd be not able to use any of the current games (BD based) unless they'll manage to run some additional authenticaton via PSN but this would be impossible for all those permanently offline PS3s...