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PS3 Slim all but official with leaks, rumors, and scans galore
Written by Daniel   
Wednesday, 05 August 2009 11:16

   The Mole has told us it's coming, and the International tech press has been in overdrive with rumors, leaks, and scans pointing to the existence of the PS3 Slim. We round up the latest news and conclude that now is not the time to buy a PS3.

By Ben Kuchera | Last updated August 5, 2009 9:33 AM CT

The talk of a slimmed down version of the PlayStation has been around for a long time, with our favorite inside source laying down the timeline for the system as well as what would happen before the hardware's launch. It looks as if more and more of the prophecy is coming true, with a new mountain of evidence pointing towards the upcoming release of new PS3 hardware.

"I'd love to live in a world with fewer leaks and more meat," Sony's John Koller told Ars when we brought up the rumors of the PS3 Slim, saying that the story of what Sony is doing today is much more interesting than any rumor. He has a point. Almost all of these stories feel—forgive the wording—thin when viewed alone. Taken together, however, and you begin to see a clear pattern: Sony is getting ready to produce new hardware.

A leaked note from a Japanese retailers shows no more 80GB models being available from Sony after August 9. "As the 160GB edition isn't sold in Japan, the move would leave the retailer without any PS3s until a future revision," Electronista reports. This correlates with what the Mole told us in June: the 80GB models will become hard to find, 160GB models will be the next to go, and then the retail channel will be clean for a more unified product line... which will include the Slim.

As that happens, it wouldn't be surprising to see price cuts and bundles on the 160GB models, such as the $50 savings seen at Amazon.   [ARS Technica...]    [Comments...]
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