With the deception the Internet can afford these days, it can be difficult to say something is "real" and we refuse to label anything "official" until we hear it from Sony. But even so, this has certainly kicked off a massive Internet stir.
It seems a video of the PS3 Slim from the Philippines has been leaked , and as you can see, it evidently shows the fancy new PS3 Slim being sold very prematurely by an underground street vendor. Supposedly, the system has a 120GB hard drive, two USB ports, a PS3 icon instead of "PlayStation 3," no card readers, and a few other interesting cosmetic tidbits. For instance, it seems the "touch" button eject is gone, and although the vendor was selling it with the Dual Shock 3, we don't know if that's the default controller for this new machine. As for a price, it all boils down to about $410 in American money, but that doesn't really help us determine an actual retail cost. Not long after this video was leaked, a GameTrailers employee has said "Sony can't keep leaks" and this PS3 Slim "is real." The last we heard about the PS3 Slim was that Sony might actually be working to phase out one of the models currently available (the 80GB one, it seems), and that we might see the thinner machine on store shelves before the summer was over. Others believe we won't hear an announcement until the Tokyo Game Show in the fall.
For our part, we don't really want to speculate further. All we can remember is Jack Tretton standing on the stage at E3 and making a joke; he thanked everyone for coming, even if they did already know a few of the big announcements…you know, like the PSP Go.