When it comes to Sony and their game consoles, most of the conversations that have been heard have been about the company’s upcoming PlayStation 4. However, before the announcement and subsequent launch of the next generation game console, Sony may just have one more trick up its sleeve regarding the current PlayStation 3.
Recently, new images have come to light that shows a smaller form factor PS3. These images make up part of the filing that the company sent to Anatel, a Brazilian telecommunications company and though we don’t have details about the innards that might power this new device, the images do give some insight about the upcoming box. To begin with, we see that Sony wants to launch a smaller form factor device and the company has also moved the disc drive from its current side position to one that is top loading. Gone is also the more polished finish that we see on the current PS3 models with Sony looking to move towards a ridged texture with contoured sides. The new device is expected to be available in 3 models, each with a different hard drive size (16GB, 250GB and 500G). By today’s standards, the 16GB model does seem unusually small, but this could be Sony’s way of taking a page out of Microsoft’s 4GB Xbox 360 S playbook, making a budget console for families looking for an entry level device.