A Sony spokesperson has dismissed rumours that the PlayStation 3's hardware specs are to be downgraded as "ridiculous".
Reports on several top game sites recently claimed that Sony was having trouble fitting all the PS3's components within the console case and that the Cell processor could run at a lower speed than originally stated.
Speaking to Eurogamer this morning a Sony spokesperson Jonathan Fargher told Eurogamer: "The PS3 downgrade story is categorically not true.
"Developers have been working with PS3 dev kits for anywhere between eight and 12 months, and to suggest that we'd now take the decision to downgrade the hardware at such a late stage, is, well, ridiculous.
"Worse still is the suggestion that we couldn't fit all the technical components into a plastic box," Fargher continued.
"Granted, whilst all products are not perfect, we do have over 40 years of experience making consumer electronics equipment, and therefore, extensive experience in making things fit - PSone and Slimline PS2 being just two examples of that."