A 40GB Ceramic White PS3 sits on the FCC test-bed.

Model numbers indicate a revised PS3 unit, but the same old SIXAXIS.
DualShock3 left out, no official launch price or date, but rumors are flying

While Sony has narrowed the available PS3 variants in Japan recently by killing off the 20GB and 60GB models, a filing with the FCC (PDF) shows that they are planning on bringing a new model into North America. Some gamers may be delighted to find out that it is the "Ceramic White" 40GB model.

The test filing and subsequent letters from Sony (PDF) quite clearly show the white PS3 is ready for a launch in North America. The model number CECHH01 for the main unit also indicates a model revision from the Asian-market white PS3. Unfortunately, the controller model number CECHZC1J indicates a standard SIXAXIS wireless controller rather than the DualShock 3. PS3 owners looking for rumble will have to import a controller or keep waiting.

No release date or launch price was indicated, but rumors have been circling that an official announcement will be made on January 28th, with sales occurring as soon as the end of February. Some have even speculated that the existing black 40GB PS3 will receive a price cut to $299 in preparation for the PS3's 2008 game lineup, but this information could not be verified.

This is not that first time that North America has been graced with the presence of a white PS3. Soon after the PS3’s initial launch in the U.S., created its own custom white PS3 which fetched over $1,200 USD on eBay.

"We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs
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