Smaller slimline PS3 or PSthree possible by 2008 or early 2009

19 February 2007
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Slimline PS3 or PSthreeThe PlayStation was released in 1995, then Sony redesigned it as a one-third smaller PSone in 2000. PlayStation 2 was released in 2000, and then Sony revised it as a slimline PStwo in 2005 at half the size of the original.

Logic would dictate that the PlayStation 3, which was first released in 2006, will get a smaller version by 2011. But since it’s Sony’s biggest games console so far, they are already working on the next generation of the PS3 reports T3.

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  • Sony has said they expect to cut the size of its console’s insides (smaller chips, heatsinks, etc.), which leads the way for a redesign on the outside (we dubbed PSthree). Sony Japan says they’ll transition from 90-nm to 45-nm chips by 2008, or early 2009.

    Update July 1st, 2009: Taiwanese website UDN has reported that Sony signed production contracts to begin manufacturing a new model PS3 Slim. Apparently the companies Foxconn and Pegatron are working towards delivery of the remodelled system for July 2009. Other reports have suggested an August 2009 launch for the new slim PlayStation 3. As well as simultaneous price cuts for previous PlayStation 3 hardware.

    PlayStation 3 Slim console on AmazonUpdate August 11th, 2009: A PlayStation 3 Slim console listing appeared on Amazon’s German website last weekend, but was quickly removed. Tie this in with rumors of Sony ordering enough parts from its PS3 manufacturers to make 1 million consoles in the third quarter of this year, and you’ll start to wonder why they’d need twice as many as did in the last three months. Expect an official announcement at the GamesCom video games show in Cologne, Germany, on August 19th when Sony has a 3-hour-long press conference.

    Mega64: A PS3 Slim Ghost Story.

    Update August 18th, 2009: Sony Computer Entertainment chairman Kaz Hirai finally confirmed the rumors by speaking at Gamescom 2009. To quote: “Today is the day we introduce the PS3 Slim, available in stores from the first week of September.” It’s 32% smaller, 36% lighter, and has 34% less power consumption. It comes with a 120GB harddrive and a price drop to $299 / €299 / ?29,980.


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    • Leng

      there was a picture somewhere internet i saw of the slim PS3 (not the one above) not sure if it was the real product but it looked like it was real….this is definitely possible, i was waiting for this to come out thats why i ain got a ps3 yet…the only thing that worries me is whether or not they can keep all the existing functions.
      Keeping the HDD at 60-80GB should be easy cos right now u can get one on its own thats not much bigger than a palm top. as for the blu ray by the time they make the slim ps3 the size of them will prob be trimmed down much like how DVD was like.

    • for the future of the ps3 it looks likes the console is getting alot smaller and the hard drive is getting alot bigger 😀

    • Curtis

      I have also seen a picture of the slimline PS3 which looks different from the one above. I think sony should only reduce the size and keep the looks of the original PS3 cos it already looks great and losing some weight will make it look even sexier. I have also read somewhere that they will be improving the blueray player and giving it a 160GB hardrive. If they don’t omitt any of the features of the original PS3, the slimline version will slaughter the competition. My main concern is how much it will cost.

    • joe

      haha they did this with both ps1 and ps2, i knew this would happen. good thing i havent bought a ps3 yet, and probably wont be able to afford one until the smaller one comes out. so hopefully i’ll just end up getting that.

    • Josh

      well of course they will make a slimline PS3, its just more money for Sony.

    • Wont Happen

      LOL to old articles. This won’t happen for quite some time and the year is 2009…

      Take a look at the time interval on the two previous Playstations.

      PSOne took 5 years, 1995-2000, to shrink in size. PS2 took 5 years yet again, 2000-2005.

      So I would agree with this article, but I would say 2012 instead of 2011.

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