An online retailer in Germany claims via Facebook that a new version of Sony’s PlayStation 3 is heading for stores in October. The model will apparently have 12GB of flash memory.
When Gamesreactor questioned Sony’s German PR chief Guido Alt on the matter, he stated that he knew nothing of the existence of such a console. However, there is additional evidence to support the possibility of this new model.
Even back in June rumors started circulating when Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida said that though there were no current plans, “we should never say never – hardware guys are always looking at ways to make things cheaper, smaller”.
In July, Sony Computer Entertainment submitted what appeared to be plans for PS3″Super Slim” to the FCC (Federal Communications Commission). The technical details suggested an upgrade to the previous Slim model.
Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter also had some insight to offer in a research note released a couple of days ago, predicting that Sony may very well be preparing to introduce new hardware.
The PlayStation 3 160 GB plus Move bundle debuted at $299 in 2010, two full years ahead of Wii U’s debut. It is worth noting that PlayStation 3 160 GB plus Move bundles have disappeared off of many retailer shelves, suggesting to us that Sony is starving the channel ahead of a new hardware introduction that would likely cost less than Wii U’s Basic Set.
“We can only speculate that Sony will offer a PS3 without a hard drive at a price point below $200, and we expect a PS3/Move bundle at the $249 price point in the next several weeks.
No images or further information are available yet, but we can hopefully expect more news and clarification from the upcoming Tokyo Game Show and Sony’s press conference next Wednesday.