We figured it might happen eventually, but as Sony has stayed mute on the issue, we couldn't really say it was confirmed. However, thanks to recent filings at the Federal Communications Commission, it seems the move is inevitable: Sony will be releasing the Ceramic White PlayStation 3 in North America.

The system has been available in Japan since last November; the 40GB White PS3 comes with a white DualShock 3 controller, too, and retails for 39,980 yen. According to GamesIndustry.biz, a letter from Sony Japan proves that the machine was submitted to the FCC and the American Telecommunications Certification Body in October of last year, requesting "short-term confidentiality to avoid premature release of sensitive information prior to marketing or release of the product to the public." Yeah, well, so much for keeping all that "sensitive information" private. Sony still hasn't made this official, but they sure didn't file this for their health.

All that's left now is an actual release date. Wouldn't it be interesting if that sleek new Ceramic White PS3 launched at the same time as Grand Theft Auto IV or Metal Gear Solid IV ? Or, better yet, it comes packaged with Gran Turismo 5 some time down the road? Oh, the possibilities!

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