Sony applies to certify new PS3 models

Sony has applied for certification of two new PS3 models in South Korea, suggesting the company is considering releasing revised versions of its current-gen console. Kotaku speculates that the new PS3 models (CECH-4205B and CECH-4205C) could be slightly modified versions of the Super Slim PS3 (CECH-4000) featuring smaller nanometer architecture, less power consumption and better cooling. They’re also thought to be regional variations of PS3 model CECH-4200, which appeared on Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications website earlier this month.

Some industry watchers had forecast that Sony’s announcement of a Christmas 2013 PS4 launch window would be accompanied by a PS3 price cut, but PlayStation UK managing director Fergal Gara recently told GamesIndustry International that such a move isn't currently in the company’s thinking. "There's no plans as yet," he said earlier this month. "The PS3 is a system where it hasn't been particularly easy to get the costs down. We continue to look at opportunities, there may or may not be any more, I genuinely can't answer to that.”

New PS3 models and potential price cuts aside, 2013 looks set to be a strong year for the ageing console thanks to some significant Sony investment. The company recently released the excellent The Last of Us, while fellow platform exclusives Beyond: Two Souls and Gran Turismo 6 are also due to launch before Christmas.


  • kaleb-mayhew - June 25, 2013 5:54 a.m.

    and some of us are too poor to aford a ps4
  • PatHan-bHai - June 25, 2013 4:12 a.m.

    I still love the first 'Spidey font' model better than the newer ones.
  • Tjwoods18 - June 24, 2013 1:12 p.m.

    Honestly if you haven't bought a PS3 yet, why get one so late in the game? Why not just shoot the gun for the PS4?
  • TheMariner - June 24, 2013 2:59 p.m.

    Because PS3 games won't work on PS4 and there's no guarantee that the games people want to play will even be available on the PS4's streaming service. At least, that's the rationale I used when I bought my PS3 about a week ago. That, and Tales of Xillia.
  • Fox_Mulder - June 24, 2013 6:08 p.m.

    You should give Ni No Kuni a go, if the Tales series is your thing.
  • Redeater - June 24, 2013 10:31 p.m.

    I just bought a PS3 last year. So fucking worth it. I must have bought about 20 AAA games for $5-$15
  • StrayGator - June 24, 2013 11:37 a.m.

    may not be big news for customers, but die shrinks tend to reduce manufacturing costs noticably.
  • TheMariner - June 24, 2013 3:01 p.m.

    And yet they probably still won't reduce the MSRP...
  • Redeater - June 24, 2013 10:57 a.m.

    "Hey Rocky, watch me pull a new PS3 model from my hat" "....again?"
  • BladedFalcon - June 24, 2013 9:57 a.m.

    Um... yet ANOTHER new model? 3 aren't plenty enough already? ._.
  • ultimatepunchrod - June 24, 2013 10:37 a.m.

    I think it's only for some markets that haven't gotten the super slim yet. Just a revised version of the same model.

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