New Slim PS3 Rumors Are Illogical
There is a new rumor afloat, and like many, this one too has no merit. The rumor: New PS3 Firmware 4.20 points to a new PS3 model
Here’s an excerpt from an article on playfront.de:
“An interesting point here is, for example, that one option has been renamed several points, such as the ‘Eject Disc’ to, now called the ‘remove disc’. This detail describes actually two different processes, the way how to remove a disc. The word ‘take out’ sounds like it more after a manual process that one must carry themselves, such as in the last hardware revision of the PlayStation 2 Why Sony should change the name of an otherwise rather insignificant detail?”
Let’s first explore what a new PS3 would have to offer:
- Sales would increase. This was a major headline first Slim PS3: “PS3 sales jump by 104% following Slim’s release”
- A more energy efficient console
- Quieter performance from your console (did they finally remedy those micro-dust particles circulating around my ps3?)
- Lighter weight (because when you carry it… please comment below with where are you going with a console)
- Improved hardware (PS3…/4?)
Why it wouldn’t make sense:
- There is already a slim PS3
- Price – Costs to manufacture and the discounted price typically associated with “slim” releases wouldn’t be beneficial
- Competition is moving – While Sony has made it clear they are not so easily swayed by the competition, they can’t risk entering the next generation of consoles too far behind the others. The focus for a new console would thus be set on creating a new, innovative product, not a re-assembled dated one.
- When asked about making a new Slim PS3, Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida, had this to say “I don’t know if we are going to talk about anything like that. We are quite happy with the PS3.”
As surprised as one may be that this rumor made it so far, it does make sense. The Wii U’s launch is coming later this year and many are scouring their sources of information for anything that sounds even the slightest bit new. My bet? This is simply a firmware update. While I am sure the industry would welcome a new, slimmer PS3 (it’d sure help with when I haul mine around… you know… to that one place..) I think this one is not going to become a reality.