Could your PS3 Slim be even thinner? Well Sony Worldwide Studio’s President Shuhei Yoshida was asked just that by Eurogamer.
The original PlayStation 3, in its bulkier (and handily backwards compatible form), lasted about two and a half years between its initial retail and the announcement of a redesigned verson. They shaved about a third off the overall size, weight, and most importantly in these eco-friendly times, the power usage.
Whilst Yoshida was keen to state the company is satisfied with the PS3 in its present state, he did not rule out the notion of further revisions, saying “hardware guys are always looking at ways to make things cheaper, smaller."
With speculation about the possibility of the next in the PlayStation console line, the PS4, being released late next year, a cheaper and smaller version would certainly tie in with the manufacturer’s track record of marketing at a lower price point to those not so eager to be at the cutting edge of the gaming scene. Something they did with great effect, and profit, with revisions to the PS1 and PS2.
Eurogamer also pressed him about the PlayStation Move peripheral, Yoshida presented a similarly polite “never say never” demeanour with his replies, but his admission that there is still potential yet to be unlocked in the hardware, and that they made a conscious decision not to follow the same tech route as Microsoft’s Kinect, perhaps indicates that a new version is less likely to be announced any time soon.