The rumors of a new PlayStation 3 model are running rampant – and are probably true – but this is the first we're hearing of something besides a hard drive upgrade: according to T3, the new PS3 might actually boast a complete cosmetic overhaul.
It seems they stumbled across this information at last month's Consumer Electronics Show, where a "well-informed insider" said Sony is preparing an "all-new" PS3 model. This one, just like the PSP-2000, is "slimmer and lighter." This doesn't sound entirely out of the question, as the PS3 is easily the biggest and heftiest console out there, and consumers love smaller electronics. Look what happened with the mini-PS1, the slimmed-down PS2, and the recent redesign of the PSP; the latter move generated quite the sales spike for Sony, so why shouldn't a smaller PS3 be on the horizon? But at this point, can we say that both the 120/160GB w/Dual Shock 3 PS3 rumor and this "thinner, lighter" PS3 rumor are referring to the same machine? That's the million-dollar question.
There's really no chance of getting anything out of Sony right now – nothing but the "no comment" reply will come back – so it seems obvious we'll have to wait a few more weeks until GDC 2008. We expect all the answers at that time.