Sony preps 3rd version of PlayStation 3

By Justin Mann on December 29, 2006, 12:32 PM
You'd figure Sony would concentrate on getting their existing two models of PlayStation 3 into peoples homes before developing a third, but that isn't the case. Sony is looking to introduce a multimedia-oriented PlayStation 3 soon, designed to be a multimedia center rather than as a gaming console:

The “media-centric” PlayStation 3 will feature capabilities of consumer electronics devices and will be more focused on digital media content playback, rather than on gaming. Based on claims reportedly made by executives of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., PC Watch web-site reports that the PlayStation 3 “media-centric”-edition will feature anti-vibration mechanism on the Blu-ray disc drive, 512MB XDR memory, more advanced power supply unit and two HDMI connectors to divide audio and video data.
So what exactly makes this more attractive to someone not looking for a console but a media center instead? I'm not exactly sure, especially since the cost of this unit will be even greater than the existing consoles, and the article estimates it could be sold at $1600 or even higher. Personally, I think Sony should concentrate on other issues before expanding the scope of the already-troubled PS3.

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spydercanopus said:
They're trying to hit the PC market in the balls or something? God, please kill Sony.
cyranthus said:
They're already losing money on the original version... this just seems like suicide to me. $1600 for a playstation that hardly plays games.... what a waste of money.
otester said:
Don't forget to add tax on that.
cuggull said:
Hi Gentlemen,This is a totally bogus story that was discredited back on digg on 12/21. Here's the post from Aegis9975 that pointed that out. There is one sad "sony bashing" meme infecting the blogsphere right now, nothing uglier than mob mentality as FUD and wishful thinking flies about repeated often enough that the lower wattage individuals start spouting it off as indemnified truth!------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------aegis9975 by aegis9975 on 12/21/06 The original comment by Kutaragi was done on Watch Impress, a Japanese site, the interviewer, Honda, said an AV-centric PS3 would be the next logical the for the PS3, he asked Kutaragi and he replied, 'I would like that too, I'll promise to start a project". This was a very short blurb on an article that was really about network features of the PS3 that even the writer treated it as such.This was then picked up by Engadget and blown into "Kutaragi sez 'I promise' a AV-centric PS3". After which, the other sites picked it up and started adding other speculation such as it costing $2,000, "anti-shake isulators", and a healthy amount of Sony-bashing that had nothing to do with the original comment.[url]
sez-i-promise-an-av-centric-ps3/[/url]Original article the quote was from:[url]
otester said:
Sony is a horrible company and they deserved to be bashed.
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