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Sony mute on PS3 FCC filings

Sony has declined to comment on rumours that its recent FCC filing was for a new 40GB PS3.

The code number for this phantom model is listed on the official Federal Communications Commission as CECHG01. Detectives among you will realise this is not the same as the existing numbers for the 60GB (CECHA01) and 80GB (CECH01) units. How very cunning.

Hardware has to be legally checked over by the FCC before it can manufactured and sold in shops - it is a US legal requirement covering all sorts of bits and bobs that use the radio spectrum, including things like Wi-Fi.

However, the listing is far from confirmation that this is the 40GB PS3 model rumours pointed to earlier this week, which arose from a story on Sky's website that a Taiwanese company called FoxConn was making a new GBP 299 SKU.

And on closer inspection, the FCC listing unveils a subsidiary company of China-based AsusTek as the maker, the hand behind the current 80GB model.

It is a fishy conundrum, not unlike the sort of thing Sharky & George use to unravel. So speculate away.

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Meus Renaissance3403d ago

"We dont comment on rumours and speculation" line. But silence speaks volumes, they're caught anyway. We all know a cheaper SKU is coming. Just waiting for the official announcement now.

fenderputty3403d ago

A week before the price dropped on the 60 gig, Sony was still denying "rumors" of the drop. They're not going to say a damn thing until it comes out. It's safe business practice.

Panthers3403d ago

They should have done it at TGS. If it is $399, then it will help out a lot before Christmas. I heard it only has 2 USB ports though.

FF7numba13403d ago

wrong that would be a stupid move to announce it before its ready. You want to sell your other products first.

xaphanze3403d ago

Hope they dont take long to announce and launch it with how things are going right now.

nix3403d ago

i'm guessing this new SKU and PES 2008 bundle for UK. q:

Kotaku3403d ago

Sony is simply playing smart.
Who will buy a ps3 today knowing the price is dropping on a week or so?
is just business

Maddens Raiders3403d ago

the money. They will announce it when they know the breaking point between the new 40GB and the depleted 60GB is a win/win. I'm guessing mid-October.

ericnellie3403d ago

When Sony made the comment that there will only be one PS3 SKU because they didn't want to confuse customers! So, what will be up to..3 SKUs now?;) Sorry, I've just got a lot of love for my 60G:)

Premonition3403d ago

Well since 60gigs wont be made any more its actually 2 SKU's and its not going to confuse anyone, you either get the one with the smaller HDD or Bigger HDD case over.

Rooftrellen3403d ago

Sony, themselves, said that the difference in the price of the 60 and 80 GB HDD was just cents.

Do you really think that saving cents the other way translates into $200 savings for you?

If there is going to be a cheap PS3, its going to be mission a lot more than just a big hard drive.

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