According to an article from Andriasang.com (I read the article via GameStooge.com) a slimmer “greener” Playstation3 might be on the way.
According to the article, the model sku is labeled CHECH-3000B, weigh 5.7lbs, and consume 200W of power. In comparison, the current PS3 Slim weighs 6.6lbs, consumes 230W of power. No information as to changes in chipset were mentioned, although it would stand to reason that too would also be the case.
Curiously enough, the article denies that there will be a drop in price with the introduction of this new SKU. To me, it would stand to reason that a price drop could be implemented as the cost of tech tends to drop as it matures; case in point–the cost of BluRay drives, hard drives, etc.
When viewed in light of a recent interview Jack Trenton did with Forbes Magazine (an article I also read via GameStooge) this new SKU rumor holds more weight in my mind. Tretton specifically referenced Nintendo’s announcement of the Wii U, basically saying that Sony wasn’t feeling any pressure to get a PS4 to market.
Of course Nintendo never has been Sony’s competition this console generation–its Microsoft. Any news of the next Playstation will be focused on when Microsoft announces theirs–or when Sony thinks they’ll announce–at least thats how I see it.