Sony to introduce new PS3 iteration in 18 months?

By Justin Mann on May 3, 2007, 8:26 PM
What do you do when your latest consoles sales are paltry compared to your competitors despite you selling it at a loss? Well, if you're Sony, you create another console! While not directly from the mouth of Sony, it's not surprising to see talk of a new PlayStation being only a year and a half away. Why so soon, with the PS3 being launched a mere six months ago? Well, it seems this new unit won't be a revolution, but merely an upgrade. The new console will be still a PS3 at its core, with additional offerings:

Rather than being an entirely new console, the device will supposedly include the same architecture as the current console but with a new drive bay and attachment area. The new box is said to also include extensive software suite for the managing of content being streamed to a TV or Hi Fi source.
In fact, doing just this may benefit them. Gearing the console to be an all-in-one device for a media center may make its steeper price tag worth it, especially if it can prove itself to be just as effective as several standalone units.

Upgrading a console, rather than designing a new one from scratch, seems like it may soon become par for the course. The more modular a console is, the more easily you can change a reference design to incorporate newer hardware. Then again, that's pretty much how the PC was started. Interestingly enough, where Sony is aiming to place the PS3 is exactly what many in the PC industry are fighting over the living room, as a media center. Could Sony soon be competing with Intel?




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superdynamite said:
Come on Mann, do some research!Sony UK On PS4 Rumor: "This Is Garbage"Earlier today, we brought you the story of a Sony "insider" source who said we could see the PS4 as early as 18 months from now. Of course, this kicked off plenty of debate and discussion, so Sony had to respond somehow.And the response, through Spong, is as follows:"Obviously, this is garbage."We had heard that the new machine would feature the same chipset as the PS3, only with an "extensive software suite" that would make it a "true home entertainment console." Of course, we had assumed they were just calling it the "PS4" for lack of a better name; it can't very well be the "PlayStation 4" if it's got the same processor, right?The thing is, if they wanted to make an upgrade or enhancement, it could be done online via the Network. Furthermore, it would seem to be a terrible idea from a marketing standpoint, primarily because a new PlayStation in "18 months" would completely annoy those who invested a lot of money in the PS3. Sony UK wouldn't say anything further - apparently - but "this is garbage" is plenty direct enough.For now, we're going to have to mark this down as a major rumor that simply fell flat.(c:
Julio said:
The story never referenced a next generation Playstation but a new console based on the same PS3 core components. I think it's obvious from the story that this is still a rumor and as such Sony is not in any obligation to accept it (or deny it for that matter).
mgillespie said:
Please, what a total load of nonsense this is. [url]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fear%2C_uncertainty_and_do
bt[/url]Just because Microsoft stitched the 360 owners over with a new console revision after a year, Sony know better than that. Lets look logically. Why would they produce a new console revisoon based on PS3? Perhaps with a bigger HDD? The HDD is already customer upgradable in the PS3, no why bother. Perhaps software changes? Well being based on the same Cell, there is no reason why the current PS3 would not be able to do the same software. Perhaps hardware? The PS3 has a load of USB2 ports, more than enough for any hardware expansion.The only thing where Sony missed a trick, is putting USB ports on the rear, or some kind of universal expansion slot.This article is nothing more than Microsoft sponsored FUD. Sony rarely respond to press rumours, and usually give a "we don't comment on internet rumours". This time however, Sony have responded "this is total garbage"..[Edited by mgillespie on 2007-05-04 04:21:28]
Soul Harvester said:
As Julio stated, I didn't mention a PS4 and neither does the article. This is merely a potential, and yes a rumor at that. Would it surprise me? No. Would it surprise me if it were false? No.I don't see it as FUD at all - because I don't see it as a negative thing.
howzz1854 said:
[b]Originally posted by mgillespie:[/b][quote]Please, what a total load of nonsense this is. [url]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fear%2C_uncertainty_and_do
bt[/url]Just because Microsoft stitched the 360 owners over with a new console revision after a year, Sony know better than that. Lets look logically. Why would they produce a new console revisoon based on PS3? Perhaps with a bigger HDD? The HDD is already customer upgradable in the PS3, no why bother. Perhaps software changes? Well being based on the same Cell, there is no reason why the current PS3 would not be able to do the same software. Perhaps hardware? The PS3 has a load of USB2 ports, more than enough for any hardware expansion.The only thing where Sony missed a trick, is putting USB ports on the rear, or some kind of universal expansion slot.This article is nothing more than Microsoft sponsored FUD. Sony rarely respond to press rumours, and usually give a "we don't comment on internet rumours". This time however, Sony have responded "this is total garbage"..[Edited by mgillespie on 2007-05-04 04:21:28][/quote]you people should chill out, it wouldn't suprise me to see SONY to come out with a variant. NOT PS4. just like when they wacked the core version, it actually makes sense for them to come out with a second variant to cope with the now only premium 60 Gig version.
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