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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.

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By Master Kenobi on 1/22/08, Rating: 0
RE: Controller
By Sylar on 1/22/2008 10:47:01 AM , Rating: 2
I don't have a PS3 or follow but isn't the one on the thumbnail white? Or does that one not come with the white PS3?

RE: Controller
By Master Kenobi on 1/22/08, Rating: 0
RE: Controller
By nerdye on 1/22/08, Rating: 0
RE: Controller
By Sylar on 1/22/2008 10:59:26 AM , Rating: 2
I was talking about the thumbnail but ol Ben Kenobi pretty much answered my question. Like I said, I don't follow the PS3 as of late.

RE: Controller
By Master Kenobi on 1/22/08, Rating: -1
RE: Controller
By deeznuts on 1/22/2008 12:53:29 PM , Rating: 2
I just want a stand alone unit, I hate the look on the PS3. Blu-Ray set top players look so much nicer.
Then why the hell are you in here complaining about Sony possibly packaging a black controller? Sounds like you just want to whine about Sony.

Unless the FCC requires a different number for different colors is there anything to suggest it'll be black? I'd rather have black anyway since the white will look nasty after any amount of use.

RE: Controller
By Master Kenobi on 1/22/08, Rating: 0
RE: Controller
By deeznuts on 1/22/2008 3:33:46 PM , Rating: 3
Umm, isn't the controller black and the system is white, or am I blind and you sir are confused, lol.

Anyway, if Sony could have a ps3 sku priced at 300$ while still being a decent blue ray player, I don't think I could resist. This could finally be the driving force in sales that sony has lacked on its ps3.
Please kindly point out where in that post he comments about anyone wanting a PS3 just for blu-ray.

Either way, complaining about not getting color coordinate accessories than later stating you wanted a standalone anyway, well why complain about something you don't even want?

RE: Controller
By elpresidente2075 on 1/23/2008 10:22:15 AM , Rating: 1
Please kindly point out where in that post he comments about anyone wanting a PS3 just for blu-ray.

And 4-5 lines above that...

Anyway, if Sony could have a ps3 sku priced at 300$ while still being a decent blue ray player, I don't think I could resist.

RE: Controller
By enlil242 on 1/22/2008 4:13:45 PM , Rating: 4
Meh, I finally bit the bullet and picked up a 40 gigger. Mostly to add bluray to my home theatre. (Have the Xbox hd-dvd too).

I have to say, that it looks rather nice next to my other components. It really is a nice piece of hardware. Matter of fact, it feels more like a component rather than a game console. I really like it. Have only played a couple of game demos, but didn't buy it for the games, although it will be a nice bonus when some come out that I like.

Heres some food for thought. As a bluray player, this thing is fast. No load or "power up" delays. Blu-ray movies starts playing imediately which is not something the stand-alones can claim.

Even the streaming capabilites are nice. I have it set up to stream using TVersity and the

RE: Controller
By enlil242 on 1/22/2008 4:16:13 PM , Rating: 2
Sheesh, lost my train of thought... ;-)

Was going to add that the visualizations during music playback are quite impressive as well as the image slide-show transitions.

RE: Controller
By Samus on 1/23/2008 1:56:19 AM , Rating: 1
Haha, appearantly people disagree with your cosmetology report on the PS3 Kenobi ;)

RE: Controller
By Circle T on 1/22/2008 11:09:06 AM , Rating: 5
In Japan, the Ceramic White PS3 comes with a white controller as well. Most likely, they were just using a standard Sixaxis for the testing, since it is the same model. The PS3, on the other hand, because it is a new revision, needs to be tested. All the colored PS2s that have come out have had matching controllers. What makes you all think they would stop now?

RE: Controller
By retrospooty on 1/23/2008 12:00:19 AM , Rating: 2
I have to wonder why this is news at all. New products are always news, but new colors on existing products just sucks as far as news bits goes.

By ElFenix on 1/22/2008 10:41:07 AM , Rating: 3
how many versions have they had so far? seems like 6 or 7 already. and not one of them plays nice in my setup. you'd think a company that sells so many stereo components could figure out that a lot of people want their game console to sit in with the rest of it, but oh no, the PS3 has to be special and sit on its own shelf. or better yet, sit vertically. because that works so well with all of my furniture and everything else.


By ElFenix on 1/22/2008 10:42:31 AM , Rating: 5
and yes, i'm aware that MS and nintendo aren't exactly stereo rack friendly (though the wii is so small it doesn't matter). sony, however, actually makes stereo equipment, so i'd expect them to be a little more sensitive than MS or N.

By amanojaku on 1/22/2008 11:57:09 AM , Rating: 2
Don't forget that the Wii can be laid flat. It even has little rubber feet for that purpose. My Wii shares a shelf in my stereo rack with my PS2, which is also laying flat. I think that's what you were getting at.

I know nothing about the X-Box...

By FITCamaro on 1/22/2008 12:35:50 PM , Rating: 1
The 360 can be laid flat or stood on end. The PS3 is the same.

I run my 360 laid flat. Unless the disc is held in by something (a la PS2 slim style), I don't trust a disc being vertical.

By amanojaku on 1/22/2008 12:19:25 PM , Rating: 3
Maybe you got dumber, but I don't think his post affected anyone else much.

The number of versions sold depends on which region of the world you live in. In the US the 20, 60, 40, and 80 GB models were released. The 20 and 60 were discontinued, leaving the non-backwards compatible 40 and 80 GB models.

It's easily more than seven models if you take the other regions into consideration.

By Oscarine on 1/22/2008 1:45:11 PM , Rating: 2
Minor nitpick but the 80 is backward compatible just not fully like the 20 and 60.

By WileCoyote on 1/22/2008 12:26:33 PM , Rating: 2
Technically there are 5 versions of the PS3. That doesn't even include all the SKUs.

So he was 1 off. I bet you feel kind of dumb right now.

By Loc13 on 1/22/2008 5:47:03 PM , Rating: 2
Is there a reason why you don't think the PS3 can sit on the self horizontally? I read an article in Joystiq about sitting the PS3 horizontally actually disappate heat better than if it were sitting vertically. Mine has been lying flat on the shelf since launch day.

By mmntech on 1/22/2008 11:52:43 PM , Rating: 2
I think what he means is you can't stack other components on top of it, due to it's George Foreman grill shape. You really shouldn't stack stuff like that anyway since heat rises. I keep mine flat on it's own shelf too. I have four components on four shelves in my TV unit so it's no issue.

By afkrotch on 1/23/2008 12:35:14 AM , Rating: 2
You'd figure a lot of ppl would be smart enough not to actually stack hot electronic equipment together. Unless you like to shorten their life spans, due to the excessive heat they must endure.

Worst rant ever.

By Vanilla Thunder on 1/22/2008 11:55:07 AM , Rating: 2
If this rumor turns out to be true, I will finally break down and pick up a PS3. With the cost of production going down on these units, it might not be another case of FUD.


RE: $299?
By AntiV6 on 1/22/2008 2:13:21 PM , Rating: 2
Yea, Resistance 2 and a decent Blu-Ray player will get me to pick up a PS3, maybe a white one. :)

RE: $299?
By ImSpartacus on 1/22/2008 3:18:05 PM , Rating: 2
I agree, if Resistance 2 is all it is beginning to get hyped up to be (8 player coop, 64 multiplayer, two campaigns, and it looks kickass), and the ps3 shrinks (like the ps2 did) and cheapens then I'll get one.

And its a nice Blu-Ray too. I was against Blu-Ray just b/c its Sony, but it seems to be winning and thats good enough for me.

RE: $299?
By TALENT on 1/22/2008 5:36:53 PM , Rating: 2
Ditto - for 299 I will pick one of these up. I personally like the white a lot better than the black.

Not interested
By FITCamaro on 1/22/2008 10:52:41 AM , Rating: 2
All my home theater equipment is black.

Perhaps when Sony starts including the DS3 controller in with the 40GB black PS3, I might pick one up. I shouldn't have to junk the controller it comes with because it doesn't have rumble due to Sony's original stubbornness to buy the rights to use rumble features.

RE: Not interested
By Shlong on 1/22/2008 5:08:51 PM , Rating: 2
My stuff is all black too but my roommate has a white Samsung LCD TV, his nintendo wii is white, his xbox 360 premium (20gb) is white, and now he can get a white PS3.

Wow... white
By TheDiceman on 1/22/2008 11:13:28 AM , Rating: 3
Meh, give us some real color options. If I wanted a colored PS3 I woudl just get one form ColorWare in any damn color I please. I find that back link to the white auction particularly funy since whomever paid that price could have gotten the same product for a hell of a lot cheaper.

I like'm white
By Belard on 1/22/2008 7:13:41 PM , Rating: 2
I was looking at the white PS2, which looks quite good... $10 more and it has a game and a microphone (awwww)...

I've always liked the WHITE PS3... and have been waiting for that and the games. Now its on my list. :)

By Ard on 1/22/2008 10:08:53 PM , Rating: 2
I've seen a number of sites reporting that the white PS3 will be shipping with a DS3. Can anyone confirm this?

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