Rumour – Slim PS3 revealed through Chinese factory shots [Update]

Thursday, 14th May 2009 09:03 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Update – The original images have been pulled.

Some images of what looks remarkably like a slim PS3 have appeared on a Chinese message board, apparently taken from a factory.

Pay attention. The elbows in the ribs are strong on this one. E3 or bust.

Via 1UP.



  1. Syrok

    Where is the chrome? :(

    #1 6 years ago
  2. VIP0R

    Hocus Pocus!

    Sony never lie?!

    They said its not coming out!

    This is all Jigery Pokery!


    #2 6 years ago
  3. Tonka

    That could be a pirated PS3. like the Vii or whatever it was called.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. desiredtime

    To be fair, if they had come out with this several months ago, lots of people would have not bought a ps3 and waited for this to come out, so they would have lost sales.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Roybott

    From those pictures it looks a little too thin to me…

    #5 6 years ago
  6. Robo_1

    LOL, it looks like one of those rip off machines, which will play ten pre-installed racing games or something.

    I call shenanigans.

    .. that said, would be great if true, they could do with a cheaper slimmer model to get people excited about the machine again.

    #6 6 years ago

    Looks fake to me.

    I can’t imagine why they’d change the font in the letters ‘PS3′.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Prof Power Glove

    Yeah, I’d like to believe, just like Mulder. But as the astute Giga comments, the font is way off.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. Audio Radar

    It looks real, but even if it’s real we don’t know what it is.

    Is it the new design of PS3?
    Is it a new design specific for a new market?
    Is it a redesign prototype, maybe even discarded?

    We’ll know in a couple of weeks!

    #9 6 years ago
  10. LeD

    It looks really ugly!

    #10 6 years ago
  11. OrphanageExplosion

    The font changed between PlayStation and PSone.

    What could seal this story’s fate as “shenanigans” is simply the fact that assuming the chrome bit is the BD drive, it is simply too small.

    The GPU and CPU would need a hell of a decent die-shrink in order to make it small enough and cool enough to dispense with the PS3′s mammoth cooling system.

    Lack of USB ports and PlayStation logo is also suspicious.

    #11 6 years ago
  12. Spiral

    It still looks massive to me. Slim yeah, but just as wide and maybe even a bit longer.

    #12 6 years ago
  13. Eregol

    I seriously doubt this is real.

    As Giga already stated they would not change the font, and a top down view is the easiest sort of image to photoshop rather than a side on or front ways image that would show a lot more.

    EDIT: looked at the article. Load of crap. Looks cheap and nasty. Seriously doubtful of actual existance.

    #13 6 years ago
  14. Aimless

    Hmm, I’m buying into this despite my scepticism towards the rumour yesterday.

    I actually think the change in typography gives the images validity. The Spider-Man font was always rather ill-advised, and if this is all true I’d wager the PSP Go’s logo will be similarly rounded in style; Sony will push the two devices as companion products that have similar aesthetics, the same interface, access a unified Store, etcetera.

    Yesterday I didn’t really see what Sony had to gain by putting out a redesign so early in the console’s life, but perhaps it isn’t a cost saving measure so much as a chance to shift public perception, a bit like the NXE. Currently a lot of people dismiss the machine out of hand despite it — opinion incoming! — having a more interesting and varied software line up ahead of it than the 360.

    Incidentally I don’t see anything particularly suspect in the casing shots themselves. In terms of form factor it isn’t that drastically different to the current model; going by the size of the DualShock 3 I’d say there’s something like a 20% reduction in width and fairly negligible nip-tucking elsewhere. I think it’s reasonable to assume that the machine will switch to an external PSU — much like the PSTwo — which would save a chunk of space, and as it will no doubt be using 45nm chipsets that would mean around a 30% reduction in die area and potentially a smaller cooling system.

    #14 6 years ago
  15. DrDamn

    I think probably Shenanigans but a couple of points.

    There are a couple of USB slots on one shot and the PS logo is just above the drive slot. Change of font is also similar to the change when PSOne was released as mentioned above.

    Incidentally link in article has died 1UP have the pics though :-

    #15 6 years ago
  16. Robo_1

    After seeing the 1up link, I highly doubt anybody goes to those sorts of lengths to create a fake. I’d say this is going to happen, wow, a PS3 & PSP re-launch, Sony are coming out fighting, that’s for sure.

    #16 6 years ago

    I highly doubt anybody goes to those sorts of lengths to create a fake.

    You’d be surprised at the type of stuff that usually pops up just before E3…

    #17 6 years ago
  18. DARKFiB3R

    I need to know the price and spec [i]right[/i] now, so I can sell my launch 60GB asap (sounds like a jet fighter) :(

    #18 6 years ago
  19. Patrick Garratt

    G1G – That’s incredible.

    #19 6 years ago

    It came out just before E3 2005.

    I remember the day that I saw it I really couldn’t care less if it was real or not, because I was so totally buzzing after seeing the Killzone 2 stuff.

    #20 6 years ago
  21. deftangel

    I’ve always maintained Sony should have gotten cracking on this since it became apparent the PS3 launched was botched. Put the R&D spend in now and profit from the reduced cost hardware for longer. A proper relaunch will be the only thing that makes a dent in Japan for them I think.

    That said, I’d be amazed if they got it out this early, hardware being their forte or not.

    #21 6 years ago
  22. ecu

    Hah, I remember that Nintendo ON stuff. I think everyone immediately knew it was a fake, I did at least, but it’s still impressive.

    #22 6 years ago
  23. DrDamn

    Whilst a hell of a lot of effort went into that Nintendo On thing it is all CGI. These are obviously real photos of something some one has manufactured (for what ever reason).

    #23 6 years ago
  24. Psychotext

    Colour me surprised… seems way too early for a slim version. That said, given PS3 sales have been poor in comparison to the older systems maybe they felt the need to rush it out.

    #24 6 years ago
  25. Razor

    I’m saying real.

    It makes sense, a PSP and PS3 re-launch with a price drop at E3…but why can’t they leak the new PSP though, dammit!

    #25 6 years ago
  26. Patrick Garratt

    The original shots have been pulled.

    #26 6 years ago
  27. Patrick Garratt

    And I’m hearing *a lot* of shit about this today.

    #27 6 years ago
  28. JonFE

    As the saying goes: throw enough shit and some will stick around…

    #28 6 years ago
  29. Patrick Garratt

    True enough. I’ve been hearing “PS3 revision” for literally months now, though.

    #29 6 years ago
  30. Razor

    Shots pulled = genuine.

    Isn’t it?

    #30 6 years ago
  31. Aimless

    Pulling the shots could also be a clever move by someone wanting to give validation to a rumour. [/devil's-advocate]

    #31 6 years ago
  32. El_MUERkO

    while those shots are cool and it’d certainly be interesting to see a new ps3 i’d be far more interested in the box of the pspgo

    /crosses fingers for two well positioned nubs

    #32 6 years ago
  33. Psychotext

    @El_MUERkO… prepare to be disappointed.

    #33 6 years ago
  34. Johnny Cullen

    I’ll still say it’s fake.

    Why? Because a foot is gonna be in my mouth if right ¬_¬

    #34 6 years ago
  35. Gekidami

    I’m sure its fake, but if it isnt i bet it has a external power block.

    #35 6 years ago
  36. doctorstrange

    Wow, I really hope this is fake, it looks hideous and its still really wide, just skinny, so you couldn’t even stand it up

    #36 6 years ago
  37. Quiiick

    Looks genuine to me. But then again, you can never be sure these days …

    It’s not really that skinny because in those pics you never see the two shells together. Apart from the pack-shot and this pict is almost taken from top down:

    #37 6 years ago
  38. chickenbutt

    That looks so fake. The way the wrote PS3 on it looks stupid and the system itself looks fake.

    #38 6 years ago
  39. Quiiick

    As @Aimless already said:
    The rounded PS3 logo shown here looks way better than the old, rather ill-advised “spiderman” font.

    Also: nice touch to repeat the logo on the bottom of the console so you can see it from either side when the unit is standing upright.

    #39 6 years ago
  40. Razor

    It looks like the tradition of the original looking better than the slim version will continue.

    The original PS3 feels proper chunky and sturdy…this looks flimsy…

    #40 6 years ago
  41. tont

    I’ve never seen such a blatant rip-off of an existing console to package a NES clone with, of which there are about 50,000,000,000 variations made in China.

    Though I’ll laugh plenty if it’s an actual Sony redesign, as that logo is way nicer than the shitty Spiderman font.

    #41 6 years ago
  42. Patrick Garratt

    I’ve just been told this is 100% bullshit.

    #42 6 years ago
  43. Retroid

    I would’ve been surprised if it had been shrunk so soon.

    Ah well…

    #43 6 years ago
  44. Esha

    Breaking news!

    The new DualShock™ Pico has been revealed, which will accompany the new, slim PS3!

    Poking fun a bit? Maybe.

    I’ve seen plenty of Chinese rip-offs, the most noteworthy being the Vii but there are literally hundreds of others, some of which look exactly the same (or very close) to the console they’re taking off. This being out of China, I wouldve thought it to be an obvious rip-off.

    Still, if you’re willing to believe it, I have an imported PS3 Pico system (with pads!) to sell you.

    #44 6 years ago
  45. Mike

    I reckon it’s happening.

    #45 6 years ago
  46. Patrick Garratt


    #46 6 years ago
  47. Tonka

    Why would they drop the Spiderman font?

    #47 6 years ago
  48. tenthousandgothsonacid

    *posts* pat ? Eh ?

    #48 6 years ago
  49. Psychotext


    When the leaked photos were brought up in private conversation, the merchandizing representative was immediately surprised that the photos were “released already,” but then hastily dismissed the subject when the rep realized that it was regarding a rumor.

    Oops. :D

    (The source is shit… but it’s the sort of thing I’ve seen happen which is why I think it’s funny)

    #49 6 years ago

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