Most PS3 owners have now come to the conclusion that their beloved games console is now getting ready for the old peoples home, as it has to make way for the PS4. However, there could be a twist to this story that will give the PlayStation 3 a chance to fight back. There are now fresh rumors that the PSthree could get a release this year and will come in at sub-$200.
This makes perfect sense, as this is just what Sony did when they knew that the PS2 was about to be replaced by the PS3. Sony knows how popular of a move this would be, so definitely makes sense. It has been assumed that the PSthree would have been released sooner, and many assumed that the PS3 Slim was it, but it wasn’t. Having a mid-range and a high-end console makes great business sense; you only have to look at the smartphone market to understand what we mean.
Sales of the PlayStation 3 have been healthy during the past year, but there is no denying that US sales have suffered due to it being the most expensive of all the consoles. Sony saw an increase in sales when the slim version of their console was released in August 2009. If they do produce a smaller form-factor yet again, then the cheaper costs will make it a more desirable device to those with a limited budget.
Gadgehit has a feeling that the PSthree could be announced during GamesCom next month, as this was the event where Sony unveiled the current slimmer PS3 two years ago. They could be way off here, but it is an interesting notion wouldn’t you say? We do not have any idea what such a device will look like, but we do have a render for you above, which you can see more clearly from our source.
Not too sure on the render, as it looks a little too square to us, although being the size of the PS2 Slim seems to be spot on. However, we cannot see either of these making it to the final design – if there will ever be one that is. Sony needs to make certain that they carry over a slim design onto the PlayStation 4, but the only way they will be able to achieve that is with a few tough choices.
The first is by developing faster yet smaller graphics and CPU, but the major issue is with storage. Sony needs to move away from the hard drive and shift to SSD instead. This does not have to be large, as they could offer Cloud storage to work in unison, which would help to drive down costs.