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New Sony PS3 FCC Label  (Source: FCC)
FCC documents show new Sony PS3 model on its way

With the slow but steady disappearance of the 60GB PlayStation 3 from store shelves, the effective entry-price for Sony’s newest console is once again $599 for the 80GB bundle. It’s unlikely that Sony will head into the holiday season at the same price point as it did last year, which is why industry analysts are predicting an upcoming price drop for the 80GB model.

Even at $499, the PlayStation 3 would still be priced well above its prime competitor – the Xbox 360 Premium at $349. Earlier this month, a report surfaced saying that Sony will introduce yet another PlayStation 3 iteration that could potentially occupy the $399 level.

The $399 model is speculated to come with a 40GB hard drive with no pack-in title. Sony would be expected to carry the 80GB model at $499 with MotorStorm or other title. Furthermore, Sony may sweeten the deal by bundling with either one or both SKUs with Spider-Man 3 on Blu-ray Disc.

A recent FCC filing by Sony may have revealed several new details about an upcoming PlayStation 3 model. Although the majority of technical details and photographs have been blocked from the public’s view at Sony’s request, the information available is able to confirm that the upcoming model – designated CECHG01 – is indeed a PlayStation 3 at the core.

Technologies described in the filing include Bluetooth, 802.11b/g WiFi, along with a number of I/O ports. The FCC report states that only two USB ports were tested (current PS3s have four ports) and there were no mention of memory card reader tests. Since the FCC is a radio test, it may not have required extensive testing of select PS3 features.

Earlier this month, Sony enlisted the help of top computer manufacturer Foxconn to manufacture low-cost PlayStation 3. The FCC filing could well be the first sign of the new product development agreement between the two companies.

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By Chris Peredun on 9/27/2007 8:45:36 AM , Rating: -1
... to address the reason why they won't bundle the DualShock3 with the new SKU.

By enlil242 on 9/27/2007 9:32:22 AM , Rating: 3
Yah, no kidding... If they bundle the DualShock and keep the $399 price point, I would pick one up ... maybe ;-)

By Pezman37 on 9/27/2007 10:17:47 AM , Rating: 2
I would pay that much for a ps3 at that point, I just bought an HDTV (behind the times,) and everything I can that uses it I'd like to have for it. Also I paid that much about for my 360, 399, and it was months before I didn't regret spending that much. Software is what drives me in the end, mass effect and gears of war drove me to a 360, mgs4 will probably drive me to pick up a ps3 as long as it's not 599.

Bad hardware is a chance you take with consoles that are increasing advanced, hell even wii's had a fair failure rate. I knew two people out of 8 or so that had their go bad. And I had two 360's fail on me, and no one I know did -not- get a 3 red rings of death out of 8 people, but it's still a fair buy since it was taken care of.

By FITCamaro on 9/27/2007 10:22:58 AM , Rating: 2
A co-worker had his Zelda disc get stuck in his kids Wii.....I'll never get over the awkwardness of that name.

They had to send it in.

By omnicronx on 9/27/2007 10:37:28 AM , Rating: 1
Any wii that I have seen broken seems to be user error. Mainly because putting the Disc in backwards can totally fuck up your wii, and usually will scratch the disc beyond belief. I get confused sometimes when the wii is standing up, so you can imagine how many kids must have done it already.

By deeznuts on 9/27/2007 12:53:47 PM , Rating: 4
I'm just curious as to what easily-quotable lie they're going to put forth address the reason why they won't bundle the DualShock3 with the new SKU.

That's a ridiculous statement. They're still going to sell the Sixaxis I believe, so the DS3 is a premium product. What you're saying is askin to:

Why doesn't MS include a hard drive in their Core. Why doesn't MS include a wireless controller with their Core. Why don't they include the rechargeable pack? Why doesn't MS include their HD DVD drive with their Elite. Why doesn't Nintendo include XXX with their Wii (I put XXX because I don't know what they dont' include and what they make you buy, dont' you have to buy the nunchuks or something?). Why doesn't Sony include the 80GB in all of their PS3's?

They set a price point and they see what they can include in it. You buy it or you don't based on that information. They include one wireless controller in all of their consoles, and you go from there.

By Icelight on 10/2/2007 5:13:19 PM , Rating: 2
They're still going to sell the Sixaxis I believe, so the DS3 is a premium product.

Looks like we have our answer as to Sony's PR spin on the issue.

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