Rumor: First-look at Sony's super-slim PS3

Here's the first photo of what's likely the new CECH-4000 series of the PlayStation 3, and it appears to be an even smaller than the standard "PS3 Slim."

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Here's the first photo of what's likely the new CECH-4000 series of the PlayStation 3. Sony recently filed an updated model of the PS3 with the FCC, and many had postulated that the company was making an even smaller version of its home console.

Photos of a new PS3 model were discovered on the Brazilian Agency of Telecommunications. Technoblog discovered evidence that Sony is planning three different SKUs for the revised system: 250GB, 500GB, and 16GB. The last option is especially curious. That model would offer the smallest hard drive in PS3's production history, and if it comes to the US, will likely be a "budget" model. (Could we see a $149 PS3?)

Joystiq points out that the revised system appears to have a sliding panel on top, "perhaps indicating a cheaper top-loading disc drive." While that would be extremely un-sexy, it would harken back to the PSone days.

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    July 13, 2012 2:30 PM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Rumor: First-look at Sony's super-slim PS3.

    Here's the first photo of what's likely the new CECH-4000 series of the PlayStation 3, and it appears to be an even smaller than the standard "PS3 Slim."

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      July 13, 2012 2:44 PM

      Still rocking my launch PS3.

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        July 13, 2012 2:45 PM

        Same! Fat 60gb represent

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        July 13, 2012 2:46 PM

        Yeah my MGS4 PS3 is still rocking to this day. Also still quiet as fuck. Though the 80GB drive is starting to get a bit limiting.

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        July 13, 2012 2:46 PM

        same here, but i'm buying a super slim ps3 if it comes out

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        July 13, 2012 2:50 PM

        Same here. It's a bit loud when it's running hot, but I can't bring myself to replace a perfectly working piece of hardware just for a smaller one.

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        July 13, 2012 3:08 PM

        Me too. Launch day 360 bit the dust last year, starting to get worried about the PS3. Starting to sound O_o.

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        July 13, 2012 3:11 PM

        Might want to buy a replacement optical drive as that seems to be the thing that fails on older PS3s the most often. At least anecdotally based on my friends that still had their BC units.

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        July 13, 2012 3:16 PM

        Both my launch PS3 and 360 bit the dust. The slim iterations were acquired and have yet to disappoint (thus far).

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        July 13, 2012 4:00 PM

        Same here

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        July 13, 2012 4:06 PM

        Mines dead. :( I need to get it repaired or get a new one.

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        July 13, 2012 6:27 PM

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        July 13, 2012 8:31 PM

        Same here...when they phased them out I got one right before because I wanted backwards compatibility.

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        July 17, 2012 2:36 PM

        My drive just died.

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      July 13, 2012 3:30 PM

      Looks like maybe they're going back to the glossy look?

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      July 13, 2012 3:39 PM

      this will be $99 by the time ouya comes out :P

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      July 13, 2012 5:46 PM

      Sony, I love the PS3, I do! and I support you but FUCK put an extra USB port on the back already you fucks!

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        July 13, 2012 5:59 PM

        Is there a consumer electronic device that you like?

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          July 13, 2012 6:19 PM

          Basically no.

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          July 13, 2012 6:44 PM

          Do you have the reading comprehension of a potato? Like on a scale of 1 to derp just how derp are you?

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            July 13, 2012 7:40 PM

            DERRRP

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            July 13, 2012 8:41 PM

            Define potatoe.

            Even things you "love" you bitch about!

            The problem, abrasion, is that this is your shtick and that's cool but I have an aversion to pathologically negative nancy's.

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              July 13, 2012 8:43 PM

              So I can't be critical of things I like? Ok well, I'm going to keep that in mind and definitely make use of that information.
              I mean, I only opened with "I love the PS3, I do!" but I'll work at this,... for you.

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                July 13, 2012 11:01 PM

                Classic "I'm not racist, but..." opening.

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                  July 13, 2012 11:11 PM

                  I'm not following.

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                  July 13, 2012 11:13 PM

                  Never mind, I see what you're trying to say, you clearly have no idea about my post history and the PS3 here, is this a front page article? Ahh it is - ok that's that solved.

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            July 14, 2012 4:41 AM

            Excuse me!

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        July 13, 2012 6:19 PM

        Just get a dinky USB hub! No need to have more than one if it'll shrink the device and most people never use it.

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          July 13, 2012 6:44 PM

          I know I know but those of us who actually own PS Move know that the camera plugging in to the front looks terrible and steals one of our 2 precious USB ports.

          PS3 is great, it is but seriously - the plug should be able to go in to the back.

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            July 13, 2012 9:18 PM

            Worse, I have Rock Band and Move!
            And an extension cable to actually charge my controllers.

            I, too, wish they'd be less stingy with the USB ports.

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        July 13, 2012 6:20 PM

        or maybe plug a hub into it dude

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        July 13, 2012 6:42 PM

        Why do you need more? It has 4 already

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          July 13, 2012 10:10 PM

          New models only have 2. Sucks my 60gb died and losing tons of features on the slim model.

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        July 13, 2012 7:07 PM

        Why?

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          July 13, 2012 7:09 PM

          Looks messy for camera owners and or USB hub owners - be nice to just plug them in to the back.

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            July 13, 2012 8:18 PM

            Ah, I see what you said above w/r/t the PS Eye (camera) thing. I was given one (though never use it nor do I even own a move) but I can see how having that thing plugged into the back would be better.

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              July 13, 2012 8:19 PM

              Even if you don't own a move and just want to use a USB hub for "stuff" - plugging a hub in the front looks crap :(

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        July 13, 2012 7:15 PM

        this has always bemused me too.

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      July 13, 2012 6:17 PM

      Kinda reminds me of the horizontal SegaCD revision mixed with the Panasonic 3d0. Hmmmmmmm.

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      July 13, 2012 6:20 PM

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        July 13, 2012 8:49 PM

        No kidding, doesn't look that different from what I have.

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        July 13, 2012 9:25 PM

        It lumbered across my entertainment center like there was a buffet at the other end.

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          July 13, 2012 9:40 PM

          Only the buffet is empty, and all your friends were at the place across the street :(

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      July 13, 2012 8:16 PM

      OH great they are returning to shiny surface. Fingerprint monster!

      Seriously, consoles (and all TV box devices) should be matte not glossy.

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        July 13, 2012 8:19 PM

        I wish they'd make everything white. I hate dust :\

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          July 13, 2012 8:23 PM

          Dust is actually not white it's grey. So technically you want everything to be silver or grey.

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            July 13, 2012 8:39 PM

            I can see dust on my silver external and my grey router, I can't see it on my 360. Same thing with cars, white cars tend to look cleanest after washing them the longest.

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              July 13, 2012 9:42 PM

              White cars are almost as bad as black for showing dirt...

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        July 13, 2012 8:19 PM

        I wish they'd make everything white. I hate dust :\

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        July 14, 2012 3:26 AM

        I prefer glossy, finer prints or not.

        Especially if it's white gloss like my phat PS3, even better.

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      July 13, 2012 9:18 PM

      I'm really tempted to get this. I might wait for a few more revisions (the PS2 Slim had several hardware revisions). I'm a sucker for slimmer more energy efficient consoles. And the PS3 is a great console. Reference qualityblu-ray, free online, great games.

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      July 13, 2012 9:38 PM

      It would be awesome if they brought back the emotion chip and full backwards compatibility. With all the money they're saving from the cheaper chips, they could do it.

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        July 14, 2012 5:50 AM

        If they did that I'd finally break down and buy one.

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          July 14, 2012 11:58 AM

          After that you would dump it and go back to your PS2. Compatibility on the PS3 is complete and utter pants. It has not ever worked the way that it should and upscaling always blurs the goddamn game. You are better off with the real thing on a PS2, or just plugging up a decent PC to emulate.

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      July 13, 2012 10:14 PM

      I'm not sure how they've done it, but they have managed to make every follow up model uglier.

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        July 14, 2012 3:27 AM

        I think it looks pretty cool, looks like some design Sega would've put out.

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      July 14, 2012 3:33 AM

      That's pretty ugly. Won't stop me from finally getting a PS3, though. By the way, what's the best way to import US games to Europe? (need to get The Show!)

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      July 14, 2012 5:52 AM

      What are the chances this causes the older versions to drop in price?

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      July 14, 2012 6:40 AM

      but will it blend?

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      July 19, 2012 12:31 PM

      why?? why make it slimmer? HOW ABOUT make it easier to clean the dust out?? accessibility ports to blow the fucker out so I don't have to void my warranty opening it to clean out the number one killer of electronic components AFTER I purchase a security t8 screw driver ONLINE because they are impossible to find in the store. I think I am done with consoles after this generation.

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