While sources had led us to believe Sony was gearing up to unveil a new PS3 model at Gamescom next month, new rumors are circulating that suggest that isn’t going to happen. The new model in question, the PS3-4000, was rumored to be not just a cheaper version of the current model but a completely redesigned “super slim” model that supports a smaller 16 GB Flash-based hard drive. That PS3-4000 model is still believed to be in production, but apparently the costs of manufacturing said SKU is too high for Sony to move forward with the product just yet.

This model would be a direct competitor to the 4 GB version of the Xbox 360 (the Arcade version), which has been on the market for the better part of the year. Both Sony and Microsoft are in the last year or two of their current consoles, but apparently Sony still feels a need to stay competitive.

Along with a new smaller, flash-based hard drive this PS3-4000 model would also sport a new flip-lid disc input and would be markedly slimmer when compared to the current 3000 model. Early looks at the model, which can be found below, show a return to the design featured when the PS3 first launched in 2006.

PS3 4000 Pictures

Unfortunately, the longer Sony waits to unveil this unexpected new PS3 model, the longer the gaming public will become disinterested in it. And let us not forget that the announcement of a new PlayStation is looming in the horizon, set to occur as early as E3 2013.

Alongside the rumor is a competing claim that suggests Sony might be interested in dropping the price of their current PS3 models.

If the PS3-4000 were, in fact, coming soon it would make sense that Sony drop the price for competing versions of their PS3 models — and there’s no better time to do it than right before the holidays. Both Sony and Microsoft are going to do something in order to take some of the attention off of the Nintendo Wii U, and what better way to do that than make their consoles more approachable and financially agreeable than ever.

Would you like to see Sony roll out a new PS3 model so close to the unveiling of new consoles? What price point would help boost console sales of the current models?

Source: VG 24/7, Technoblog

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