When pics of a slim PlayStation 3 were supposedly leaked by a Chinese manufacturer, the Internet was in an uproar. Of course, Sony just played dumb and said they "knew nothing" about it, but more evidence has come to light.

According to IGN , "a trustworthy GameStop employee discussed the matter with a Sony merchandising representative." Basically, the employee mentioned the leaked photos that had made such a big splash online and the rep initially responded with surprise, wondering why the pictures had been "released already." But he quickly fixed himself and then dismissed the subject when he realized the screens weren't official, and…well, this is the kind of reaction that just screams "CONFIRMATION." Either that, or the rep acted surprised on purpose just to add more fuel to the fire, and if so, mission accomplished. Look, the bottom line is that the rumor of Sony announcing a "redesigned" PS3 at E3 has been around for a few weeks, and when those Slim PS3 pics dropped, everything became that much more intriguing. Sony wouldn't confirm anything because that's what what they do; they "don't comment on rumor and speculation," which is why contacting Sony on matters such as this is a waste of time. It just won't yield any evidence one way or the other. They don't want to get caught in a situation like this one with the merchandising rep…

Anyway, this certainly doesn't qualify as "official," but it's interesting nonetheless. As we inch ever closer to E3, it seems almost inevitable that the Slim PS3 will see the light of day for the first time at Sony's press conference.

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psxmax
psxmax
11 years ago

I want a slim price on a fat one.

godsman
godsman
11 years ago

It's actually cooler if they shrink the fat ps3, so its also slimmer in the waist and shorter in height. Not just flatter.

fatelementality
fatelementality
11 years ago

As fast as technology keeps advancing, I'm not surprised that this is a reality. The power supply on my friend's new 360 (though the same size) is light as a freakin feather.

psxmax
psxmax
11 years ago

Gamestop and trustworthy don't belong in the same sentence.

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

Yeah, we all know how much Gamestop knows about the PS3.

fatelementality
fatelementality
11 years ago

I've been friends with a Gamestop employee (now manager) for over 6 years. He is the ONLY Gamestop employee that I would ever trust. He thinks that all the other guys that work there are douche bags. Guess he's not good at hiring people ūüôā

coldbore
coldbore
11 years ago

just out of curriosity but when exactly is E3?

psxmax
psxmax
11 years ago

June 2-4

Zapix
Zapix
11 years ago

sadly, at that time, I'll be away from home for a week, visiting an ex gf.

Xra897
Xra897
11 years ago

i havnt been so hyped up for an e3 since 2006.

Dingodial
Dingodial
11 years ago

This may just be a chinese video game company immitating Sony. LOL, they will probably call it the Sany Pleystation 3. It will have fantastic new games built into the system such as KillZoon, Little Big Galaxy, RotorStorm, & Unchartered Jake's Four Tunes!

This is too hilarious xD! Give me a break :p

WolfCrimson
WolfCrimson
11 years ago

Lol XD

Totalz
Totalz
11 years ago

AND Duke Nukem Forever….

What? Too soon?

GuernicaReborn
GuernicaReborn
11 years ago

lol I'm pretty sure there is an imitation PS brand called Polystation.

Silent_J
Silent_J
11 years ago

LMAO ,thats a good one.

city96
city96
11 years ago

I'm hoping this is not the real one. SONY have never skimped and made a bad quality product especially with the outer case.

PSP, PS3, DS3 and all their Blu ray players and TV's have a smooth beautiful finishes.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

You might want to go check your phat PS2, I could have sworn that it has a matte finish.

I have a feeling that all the naysayers who're so very vocal will be eating some humble pie on this one in the end.

Edmeist33
Edmeist33
11 years ago

I think that if those pictures are legit. That it's probably an early build and or a prototype of what the end product is going to look like.

Cause right now it looks like a George Foreman grill.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

Which is precisely what the PS3 has always been likened to, so you have just made a very good case for the pictures being authentic.

www
www
11 years ago

Well i can only hope it looks better than this when it's finished cause this sh*t is real ugly!
For real,all the slim versions don't look better than the original,truth!

Some where in my mind i still feel there wouldn't be any ps3 slim until the end of it's life.


Last edited by www on 5/16/2009 11:15:43 AM

godsman
godsman
11 years ago

There are many electronics that doesn't look good online, but when in your hands, it'll be super sexy. The ipods nanos look ugly, but once you get your hands on it, you cant let go.

I'm sure Sony wants that PS2 lettering and matte finish to remind consumers that PS3 will be as great as PS2.

Dingodial
Dingodial
11 years ago

I've saw standalone Blu-ray players bigger than this.

piratedrunk
piratedrunk
11 years ago

Maybe Sony leaked these hideous pics so people would rush out and buy the current ps3 to avoid being left with this.. thing as their only ps3 option.

dlte
dlte
11 years ago

hahaha

screw_off
screw_off
11 years ago

I doubt that those are real pics. Look at the PS3 logo. They wouldn't change the logo. They would have to redo the whole Sony website, listen to everybody complain about the ulgy hunk of plastic crap on their entertainment centers, and the slow sales for the "new" PS3. I call bull-hockey on this one. Plan and simple bull-hockey… I'll leave it at that.

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

I haven't head 'bull-hockey' in a loooong time. Too funny. Thanks for that.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

They changes the logo with the PS2, originall PS2 was known as Playstation 2, that's the 'logo' that appears when you start a game. The PS2 logo everyone is talking about came into real currency once the PS2 slim started life. But the original Playstation 2 game launch screen remained. I think you and others are too locked into this mindset that Sony wouldn't do this or that, or that the Logo is the same as the PS2 one – it isn't.

godsman
godsman
11 years ago

In US, Microsoft has been constantly attacking the PS3 verbally in all their conferences. Some of the dumber general public (moms shopping for kids) believes that the PS3 has no games.

I guess the change in logo and image is to start off on a new sheet.

djjake
djjake
11 years ago

one why would sony make it looks like that
two its already been confirmed that its a rip off ps3 like the polystation and all those cheap Chinese rip off's

why would sony sink money into a slimline when they still losing $40 on every ps3 sold – which makes me believe that a price drop is still out of the question

just saying, don't get your hopes up people, a lot of people out there just wanting to make rumors to get things like this going

isaya85
isaya85
11 years ago

A slim is coming I believe that to be a certainty but I honestly don't think that's how its going to look it's probably a prototype Sony has a good reputation of having sleek designs it will look similar to that first photo that was put up a few weeks ago, I hope

Byakko2009
Byakko2009
11 years ago

Weren't 360s made in China? I'm sure Sony would know better.

Dingodial
Dingodial
11 years ago

My PS3 and its controllers all say "Made in China". They were put together in China, but the actual pieces were probably from Japan.

Fane1024
Fane1024
11 years ago

The problem with the 360 was that it was designed in North America (and Microsoft didn't bother to have their design checked by the experts).

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

Maybe the Sony employee is like us and knows that one day there will be a slim but since Sony's still pushing the fats he reacted with surprise. It's hard to say… poor guy, having to talk to Gamestop like that. I actually feel bad for him, whoever he might be.


Last edited by Alienange on 5/16/2009 12:42:27 PM

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

UGLY!!!!

It's ugly!

Damn now I sound like a retarded girl….

KevinCairo
KevinCairo
11 years ago

Dude, I totally agree with you. PS3 is a sleek, sexy beast and that thing looks cheaper than a PS2.

Kain81
Kain81
11 years ago

Guys you are judging it from that Pics, they showing only some parts not the hole thing.
And in my opinion, it looks good.
And sony never has used cheap materials in there products, so i dont see any probs with that.

fluffernutter
fluffernutter
11 years ago

I am judging the images based on adding the parts and looking at the somewhat "overall" view that is on the packaging. It's ugly but of course, that is my opinion because I like the way my present PS3s look. As for not using cheap materials, plastic is a cheap material, my friend. ūüėČ

Kain81
Kain81
11 years ago

Guys this pics are genuine,

The original source LevelUp in China will meanwhile Maintek by computer have been asked to remove the photos – they would show confidential material, which is based on the illegal way is made public. The information comes from a forum entry indicates, whether by Maintek the letter is genuine, can not be verified.

Maintek computer is a subsidiary of Asustek Computer, and has factories in Suzhou, Jiangsu, China. The company produces, among other things for Apple iPod and the Sony PS3

the source is http://www.gamefront.de

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

Interesting, Asus makes the PS3 for Sony in China and elsewhere. It makes sense that the source for leaked images would be an Asus subsidiary.

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

It looks horrible.

kratos17
kratos17
11 years ago

this is bullshit how would a GS employee have this kind of information i think rumors should be illegal lol

xnonsuchx
xnonsuchx
11 years ago

That's all most "news" is now anyway…just rumors with a preference for the sensational.

Someone said the INFAMOUS 160GB bundle is in retailer's computers at $369.99.


Last edited by xnonsuchx on 5/16/2009 3:22:20 PM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Well, all we have is the report. What if the guy was being sarcastic with his response. Whatever the case, I don't think it'll look like this. It's always possible that hoax pics could sync up with the release of a real console, but man it seems way too early to slim it down. It just isn't Sony's way.

edit: This thing doesn't look like it could be stood on it's side, I think they would definitely make that a standard.


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 5/16/2009 2:25:43 PM

LegendaryWolfeh
LegendaryWolfeh
11 years ago

Normally when you slim it down you take away bits and pieces you don't need and use smaller technology. Really if you wanna get down to it, the PS3 we have now is already at bare bones per say, so all that's gonna be different is the size of the chips and if that case looks correct, there might not even be a fan in it…

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

Actually, you do that first, then you take advantage of technology creep that allows higher degrees of integration of components on fewer packages, as well as die shrinks on major components. The reson that the PS2 slim became so very slim is that DVD drives shrank and the PS2 chipset was integrated to a single chip. Nothing was removed, it was merely shrunk. The original slim did away with physical things like the Network/HDD upgrade bay that the original PS2 had.

godsman
godsman
11 years ago

The original models with B/C also has the cover that opens for the memory card readers. The later model doesnt have the card readers but PS3 shell did not change. It could only mean that there's empty space in the current models.

I wonder if there will be ANOTHER shrink in model size in the PS3 life cycle. There are just too many potential to cut the fat of the PS3. I don't think Sony got it all right this time around (assuming these are true).

xnonsuchx
xnonsuchx
11 years ago

There are also mobo comparison pics, but it looks like the OLD mobo they have in the comparison is the original 60GB PS3 mobo w/ hardware backward compatibility. Even with a smaller mobo, the case looks like it has a larger footprint.

To be that slim, it would likely have an external brick power supply, too.

I still have serious doubts about these pics…if totally fake, they're good fakes, but I would kinda lean more towards them being a prototype than a finalized new model. If it IS a new model, I hope I never have to replace my 60GB (now 250GB) unit w/ one.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

You're wrong, you need to go back and review the images and scale provided by the DualShock 3 controller in the product image.

There is a power cord socket on the back, as evidenced by the power cord socket shaped hole on the back of the casing. Besides this 'slim' system looks like it crops about an inch or so from the thickness of the unit, and perhaps an inch or two from the width.

With 45nm Cell and perhaps RSX too – along with a far more recent BD drive mechanism – there should be far less power consumption resulting in a far smaller power supply. There will not be an external power unit if this design is in fact the fuirst iteration of a slim-line PS3.

fluffernutter
fluffernutter
11 years ago

Why do you say he's wrong just because you see a power connection port on the rear? The Xbox 360 has a power port on the rear and an external power supply. The PS2 Slim has a power port on the rear and an external power supply. Don't be so quick to assume.