After a number of pictures got leaked a few weeks ago, there are now new details on Sony’s upcoming PS3 redesign. The new PS3-4000 model, which looks to be the slimmest one yet, was apparently supposed to be unveiled at this year’s Gamescom in Germany. According to VG247, that will no longer be the case.
A source has told the site that while a reveal had been planned for the event, the stock of current PS3 models is still too high for a new model to be introduced. We can probably expect the announcement once Sony sells most of the PS3′s it currently has, and that this will likely be the last redesign before the PS4 shows up.
A source also confirmed that the rumored 16GB version of the new PS3 is definitely real, and that it will ditch the hard drive for flash memory instead. The original report by the Brazilian Agency of Telecommunications, Anatel, created some confusion as to whether the storage capacity was 16GB or 160GB.
This new model will be in direct competition with the Xbox 360 4GB and could be sold at a much lower price point due its limited storage and top-loading disc drive. The source originally told VG247 that Sony might price the new model for as low as £99, but were later told that there are no plans to sell it at that price. More details will likely be released in the coming months.