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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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RE: Only if
By cubdukat on 9/27/2007 12:18:43 PM , Rating: 2
I'll wait to see how well the 80GB unit handles games in software emulation, since the 40GB is more likely than not going to be short an Emotion Engine chip as well. I don't care how powerful the processor is, I still don't trust software emulation of anything, especially when there's no excuse for it. For XBox 360, I can understand that, since Nvidia got themselves fired from the project and emulation is the only way to preserve backwards compatibility, but not in Sony's case. I don't think the patents on the Emotion Engine's design are held by eanyone else but Sony, except maybe Hitachi, and I think they only build the thing. So it would be relatively easy to build that kind of functinality into the Nvidia GPU the PS3 uses.

RE: Only if
By cubdukat on 9/27/2007 12:23:06 PM , Rating: 2
My bad, I meant to say "Toshiba." I just realized that Toshiba makes the Emotion Engine chips for Sony.

RE: Only if
By mars777 on 9/27/2007 12:30:55 PM , Rating: 1
For XBox 360, I can understand that, since Nvidia got themselves fired from the project and emulation is the only way to preserve backwards compatibility

Wrong. Microsoft can still produce Xbox-es. So they can even put them in the Xbox360 if they want. Remember that the Emotion Engine is a PS2-on-2-chips in a PS3.

The problem is that the Xbox360 with a few more chips would probably average 50% casualties and cost 450$ (Premium):P

So it's not that Microsoft is the the good guy that couldn't do it. It just isn't the bad guy who removed it. Well to say the truth, they are both bad guys since they are corporations. And every corporation when you look at it as a looking to a person, lacks morality and often legality.

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