With the PS3 Slim nearly three years old, and the specter of its successor looming on the horizon, one wonders what will become of our old friend. Perhaps it will live out its twilight in quiet dignity; perhaps it will be cast out onto the nearest ice floe. In any event, Sony's console will see one last hurrah, in the form of the PS3-4000. Despite sounding like the Illuminati's dream-thieving machine, the system is, in fact, the successor to the PS3 Slim: bringing with it a smaller size, sleeker profile and, hopefully, a much more wallet-friendly price.
While rumors had suggested that the new whiz-bang would be announced at Gamescon, VG247 has learned that this is not the case. According to their article, "A gamescom reveal had been planned, but stock levels of the current build are said to be too high for Sony to move onto what is probably the last take on PS3 before PlayStation 4 is announced next year."
The 16 GB model, the existence of which has been the topic of rumor has been confirmed, according VG247's source. The unit features as "flip-lid disc input" and will use flash memory, coming with it all the loveliness of faster speed, at the expense of storage capacity. While we will have to wait for Sony to reveal the system's price, VG247 has been informed that the slimmer PS3 may be granted a price cut, bringing the system as low as $150. No information is available as to what the price of the latest incarnation might be without such a cut. SKUs with higher storage capacity have also been rumored, but not confirmed as of yet.
What do you think gamers? Have you forgone Sony's giant, black monolith, and if so, does the promise of a smaller, cheaper monolith entice you to jump on the PS3 train? Sound off in the comments section below!