229w ago - The day just wouldn't be complete without some additional PS3 Slim details, rumors, hype or speculation... now would it?
Today Examiner.com (linked above) is reporting that the PlayStation 3 Slim is rumored to make a September 2nd launch, with an official announcement coming on August 18, 2009.
This roots from Elios83 of NeoGAF who states, to quote:
"I've heard from retail sources, which have been absolutely reliable in the past that PS3 Slim will launch throughout Europe on September 2 at 299€, official announcement at the GamesCon. We'll see but considering the same sources have been spot on for two years in a row (40GB+price cut and 80GB) I personally don't doubt them "
Based on that, the Examiner speculates that as Gamescon takes place during mid-August Sony may include the PS3 Slim announcement during their 3-hour long press conference on August 18th.
Of course only time will tell for certain, however, NeoGAF is usually on top of things in the gaming realm so here is to hoping this rumor pans out!
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These used a cheap plastic also.
The "fat" PS3 (current models) were obviously designed with style in mind and apparently the overall design was influenced by the "spiderman" font (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ps3#Hardware_and_accessories)
Everyone knows that sony have been losing money on every console sold and it is understandable that even after removing hardware from under the console in later versions (eg. backward compatability) the price was only dropped to reflect those changes.
So for a further cost saving strategy it is believable that a fresh design with *cheaper* materials for the casing would produce what is being shown here - the ps3 "slim".
Im not saying that i believe the ps3 "slim" to be a real product or not, just that the idea that it would look somethin similar to the images posted isn't that far of a stretch of the imagination, and the "cheap and nasty" plastic is a means of appealing to a new, unconverted audience which have so far been reluctant because of the price.
"... Gamescon a new trade fair highlight for interactive games and entertainment, which will be taking place August 19th-23rd ..." per N4G.com For those who were wondering when that was. I'll be very interested to see if Sony makes an announcement.