Posted on Monday 23-Jul-2012 4:30 PM BST

PS3 Super Slim 'packs 16GB Flash memory, will skip Gamescom'

Next hardware iteration, yet to be officially announced, could pave way for new entry level RRP

The next iteration of the PlayStation 3 will not be shown at Gamescom, according to a new report.

PS3 Screenshot
A purported inside source has told games site VG247 that the new system features a 16GB Flash drive for storage, and could pave the way for a reduced RRP.

A Sony spokesperson declined to comment on the rumour when contacted by CVG.

The so-called PS3 Super Slim, otherwise known as the PS3 4000, has not been officially announced by Sony.

A publishing source recently told CVG that the new system will be revealed at Gamescom, but the claim was not published in a news article because it could not be verified by a separate source.

It is said that stock quantities of the existing PS3 models are currently too high at retail for a new system to launch. That would suggest Sony is set to trim the number of PS3 models it sends to retailers across Europe and the US.

The system is also expected to use a flip-lid disc input. VG247 claims that Sony is examining whether it will release 250GB and 500GB versions of the console. A entry-level RRP is being considered but not finalised.

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  1. StonecoldMC on 23 Jul '12 said:

    If they manage to produce one of these for 99, even I might actually buy one. Might :wink: .

  2. Rob Crossley on 23 Jul '12 said:

    If they manage to produce one of these for 99, even I might actually buy one, might :wink: .

    You'll be in for some great fun!

  3. StonecoldMC on 23 Jul '12 said:

    So I hear Rob, but im just not too sure.

    Ive got 99 but Sony have got none (of mine, so far) :lol: .

  4. B_G_G on 23 Jul '12 said:

    I'd think about buying one for 100 too. So long as it can play media files and handle streaming video I'd probably think it was worth getting one for the spare room TV, and having done that I imagine I'd pick up some games too. But not if it looks like it does in that photo.

    Its horrible. It screams corduroy.

  5. Rob Crossley on 23 Jul '12 said:

    Just so you know, I am told that the 99 price point may be inaccurate, so don't get your hopes up.

    Besides, even around that RRP it's a pretty good steal! :)

  6. cecemf on 23 Jul '12 said:

    I hope it comes with HDMI V1.4 for better 3D (as at the moment you loose part of the audio 5.1 instated of Dolby TRUE-HD as it's HDMI 1.3) and Wifi N (for god sakes we are in 2012)!!!

  7. B_G_G on 23 Jul '12 said:

    Just so you know, I am told that the 99 price point may be inaccurate, so don't get your hopes up.

    Besides, even around that RRP it's a pretty good steal! :)

    I'd pay 30 more if it doesn't look like a plastic McCoy crisp.

  8. lordirongut on 23 Jul '12 said:

    Wouldn't that flash memory be just as if not more expensive than a basic hard drive? And what about game installs? You could only install three or four games on there. The 16gb part, at least, doesn't seem likely to me.

  9. damoxuk on 23 Jul '12 said:

    Don't think it would be 100 but if so it would be a steal.

    Top end 3D blu-ray player and it plays games as well and streams iplayer/4od etc.

    Might even buy my parents 1.

  10. SixSixSevenEight on 23 Jul '12 said:

    ...I don't understand

    Is there any real difference between this and the Slim, apart from the 16GB hard drive?

  11. Megatrons_Fury on 23 Jul '12 said:

    @Stonecold

    The only person missing out if it did hit that price point is you man, as much as i currently prefer the 360 over the ps3 because of party chat etc to be without the exclusives the ps3 has and is getting in the next 12 months would in my eyes diminish my view on the whole gaming spectrum.

    I find that having 2/3 of the home consoles makes for more fun times, a wider selection of genres especially RPG's (the 360 seems to get none thesedays, when did that happen?????? lol) and the ability to experience everything released for this generation. When i see a story about any new game coming out i dont have to wonder about how good it will be i can one day actually play it and find out without having to resport to reading other peoples takes on it etc etc. Considering how cheap games are to buy second hand or a month after release these days getting another console even if its say 200 quid isnt that bad, yeah its a shell out day one but you can easily pick up Uncharted 2 or resistance 3 for mega cheap..... Go on give in, you know you want to..........

    I also have the Wii (2 of them to be precise) but in my view that doesnt count outside of the Nintendo franchises but still i have the damn thing in case Mario Galaxy 3 comes out (wink wink)

    16Gb flash memory is a bit poo though considering so many ps3 games need to commit part of the game to the hard drive before running, RAGE takes up nearly 9 gig on its own.

  12. S-Smith on 23 Jul '12 said:

    What a load of rubbish. The longer SONY leave it the longer it will hurt their sales. So i bet there will be that new PS3 at GamesCom. The cat is out of the bag lol

  13. illage2 on 23 Jul '12 said:

    Yeah I don't see 16GB's SSD being enough as someone rightly said SSD's are way more expensive than standard Hard Drives, and it is possible to put an HDD in there, there's more than enough space for one. It needs to have at least 80GB in there.

    Unless Sony decided to go the same route as the 360S by allowing us to optionally expand the storage space with an extra HDD which to me seems likley, but they need to make one's that just slot in and they need to be priced right. They also need to be offficially licensed as well to avoid any issues.

    It is a great idea but it's come way too late. By now those who want a PS3 already own one. (Or are about to own one). I wouldn't be playing games on this Super slim model unless they make game installations optional.

  14. CatfishMurphy on 23 Jul '12 said:

    Yeah I don't see 16GB's SSD being enough as someone rightly said SSD's are way more expensive than standard Hard Drives, and it is possible to put an HDD in there, there's more than enough space for one. It needs to have at least 80GB in there.

    Unless Sony decided to go the same route as the 360S by allowing us to optionally expand the storage space with an extra HDD which to me seems likley, but they need to make one's that just slot in and they need to be priced right. They also need to be offficially licensed as well to avoid any issues.

    It is a great idea but it's come way too late. By now those who want a PS3 already own one. (Or are about to own one). I wouldn't be playing games on this Super slim model unless they make game installations optional.

    Without installations for most games on the PS3 it would seem like your life had somehow been sucked into a singularity of loading screens *shudder*. Blu Ray maybe great for storing a lot of data but the data doesn't read any quicker than a DVD, which is a problem with lazy developers who don't optimise properly because of all the space available.

  15. Agent75 on 23 Jul '12 said:

    Bet the real thing looks a bit tacky, what with the flip disc door. Can't see it selling for 99.99, I'd say more towards 149.99, but why anyone would buy any console with a HD is beyond me. It's the same case with the 4GB Xbox 360, by the time you buy a HD, you may aswel just buy a 250GB model.

  16. Mmmmgrolsch on 23 Jul '12 said:

    Yeah I don't see 16GB's SSD being enough as someone rightly said SSD's are way more expensive than standard Hard Drives, and it is possible to put an HDD in there, there's more than enough space for one. It needs to have at least 80GB in there.

    Unless Sony decided to go the same route as the 360S by allowing us to optionally expand the storage space with an extra HDD which to me seems likley, but they need to make one's that just slot in and they need to be priced right. They also need to be offficially licensed as well to avoid any issues.

    It is a great idea but it's come way too late. By now those who want a PS3 already own one. (Or are about to own one). I wouldn't be playing games on this Super slim model unless they make game installations optional.

    Who said anything about SSD's? Flash memory is what they're talking about and flash memory is cheap as chips.

  17. MRHONGKONGDAVE on 23 Jul '12 said:

    Sainsburys were selling the 120gb for 150 recently so I would think about 100 for 16gb then 150 with 16gb / 80gb SSD/HDD hybrid for caching etc. then something a lot better.

  18. Mmmmgrolsch on 23 Jul '12 said:

    I can't see how SSD has been brought into this?

  19. illage2 on 24 Jul '12 said:

    I can't see how SSD has been brought into this?


    Flash Memory is an SSD. Well the same technology anyway.

    As I said in my previous comment they should at least allow us to optionally add an HDD to the system much like on the 4GB Xbox.

  20. jukkiz on 24 Jul '12 said:

    Hm I got a 20gb HD in my PS3. 16gb flash sounds large enough to be honest.
    So when my long-serving PS3 dies on me, hopefully that cheap set's out by then.

    I own two games for the damn thing. I just use it as a media player. It was the cheapest and best blu-ray player when it was released. So I have no need for extra HD space.

  21. Mmmmgrolsch on 24 Jul '12 said:

    I can't see how SSD has been brought into this?


    Flash Memory is an SSD. Well the same technology anyway.

    As I said in my previous comment they should at least allow us to optionally add an HDD to the system much like on the 4GB Xbox.

    There is no way they will use the more expensive SSD's, yeah it's a form of flash memory but much more advanced than flash memory used in USB and memory cards. It will be standard flash memory chips you find in USB sticks, you an get 32GB for 8.
    The whole point in a new model would be to save on costs not increase them buy advancing the tech.
    So I struggle to see why anyone would think SSD's would even be considered unless they were considering a premium model for them.

  22. danbish on 24 Jul '12 said:

    If it's not too pricey and there's a decent HDD in it, I'd consider upgrading mine. I've got the original 160GB model and I'm sick of the picture disappearing and being replaced with snow for a few seconds when I play. It seems like a completely random occurance but has a habit of happening when a cut scene is on or an intense moment of the game. It didn't show up straight away otherwise I'd have had it back. That and the browser just doesn't work anymore - it completely crashes my console when I try to use it. :x

  23. aindriu80 on 24 Jul '12 said:

    Just so you know, I am told that the 99 price point may be inaccurate, so don't get your hopes up.

    Besides, even around that RRP it's a pretty good steal! :)

    I'd pay 30 more if it doesn't look like a plastic McCoy crisp.


    My thoughts exactly, it looks ugly !! Especially with the Grill DVD on top. They could have put effort in the design.

  24. Withdreday on 25 Jul '12 said:

    Yeah I don't see 16GB's SSD being enough as someone rightly said SSD's are way more expensive than standard Hard Drives, and it is possible to put an HDD in there, there's more than enough space for one. It needs to have at least 80GB in there.

    Unless Sony decided to go the same route as the 360S by allowing us to optionally expand the storage space with an extra HDD which to me seems likley, but they need to make one's that just slot in and they need to be priced right. They also need to be offficially licensed as well to avoid any issues.

    It is a great idea but it's come way too late. By now those who want a PS3 already own one. (Or are about to own one). I wouldn't be playing games on this Super slim model unless they make game installations optional.

    Without installations for most games on the PS3 it would seem like your life had somehow been sucked into a singularity of loading screens *shudder*. Blu Ray maybe great for storing a lot of data but the data doesn't read any quicker than a DVD, which is a problem with lazy developers who don't optimise properly because of all the space available.


    Blu-ray reads data fine, it's just since the PS3's BD drive was one of the first ones on the market, it's only a 2x drive. With the PS4, I imagine them bumping that up to at least a 8x-12x, which would make all installs optional.