The grapevine has been rife with rumours surrounding this one for a while now. Back in July, Brazilian tech site Technoblog revealed a picture of what appeared to be a new, even smaller, model of the Playstation 3. Along with the pic came the information that this new PS3 variant would come in 250GB, 500GB and – bizarrely – 16GB flavours.
While Sony’s new console was expected to be unveiled at Gamescom this year, it never materialised. Now, however, a Polish site has revealed further details of the mystery PS3 model, suggesting that it will be officially revealed on 28th September. What’s a little less appealing is that the lowly 16GB model will apparently cost €199, while the 500GB model will be €299. That’s considerably lower value than you can expect to get with the current PS3 Slim. In fact, for such prices I’d expect the much longed-for reverse compatibility with PS2 games that’s been brutally lacking since the original PS3 models.
From what precious little we’ve seen so far, the new PS3 Slim looks like it’ll be slightly curvier than its predecessor, and feature a transparent disc tray. This, along with the indented lines along the casing give the console a distinctly old-school flavour, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
With the latest leaks now out on the web, it’s expected that the new PS3 ‘Super Slim’ will be officially revealed at Tokyo Game Show, which is taking place from September 20-23. There will no doubt be a market for the new console, but it hardly seems like the most ambitious move given rumours flying around of Microsoft working on a new Xbox console. Come on Sony, you can do better than that!