299w ago - T3 magazine are touting a rumor that Sony have a slim PS3 in the pipeline. Their source also reckons that a 160gb machine is coming soon.
Now personally I think this is a bit too soon, but it may just be yet another downsize of the console to save on manufacturing costs.
To quote: The guys at T3 are saying one of their inside men has heard word that Sony will be producing a slimmer, sexier PS3 heading for the shelves this Spring.
While everyone knows that Sony will eventually shrink its very obese console, such news would come as a surprise given that Sony took many more years to shrink their PSOne and PS2 (though Sony has recently successfully shrunken their Blu-ray laser to fit in laptops).
Still, Sony's biggest goal at the moment is building consoles cheaper. Maybe that means small, too. Maybe it doesn't.
Either way, T3's mock-up looks sexy as hell, and they also think a new rumored 160GB model could appear in the new slinky, skinny-as-Kate-Moss form.
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I think a slim-line model would really help Sony in the long run, the general consumer goes ape-shit over thin/sexy revisions of things. I know I'd love a slim-line version of the console, perhaps coinciding with 45nm cell. As for 160GB, I'm not even sure if I care since I would want to replace it anyways (750GB).
Though I think, if this is true, it'll hit Japan way before it hits here in America. We've got the MGS4 80GB bundle coming out and I think that'll be the only revision/bundle in a while .
I think it doesnt matter what size the HDD that comes in the box is, it would be better to get a small one an upgrade it youself, i only got the 60GB version because it was the only one available at the EU launch.
this could be a big risk for sony if they try to bring this out along with some of the ps3 exclusives coming soon the consoles may suffer from heating issues and with the ps3 selling more and more each month why risk causing such a drop in their profits as for the bigger hard drive it would probably work out cheaper to get a smaller internal hard drive then buy a much larger external hard drive which many people have done
so while this idea sounds good due to the size if the ps3 it may be best to wait 3-4yrs and add a bigger hardrive which is less likely to overheat (this could be a problem if rushed) also it may be a good counter to what ever xbox release (720?) which i think is likely to take place in the next 4-5yrs
There is no point in a slim version the market is just not ready for it. The standard PS3 is selling just fine, perhaps when sales start to drop, but that wont be for a long time I think, so I would't get too excited about this yet.