FCC filing from Sony may show future "Super Slim" PS3

The Playstation 3 has had one major redesign since it was first released in 2006. Now there's evidence that a second major case revision may be on the way soon. A recent filing by Sony with the Federal Communications Commission appears to show a previously unannounced 4000 series PS3.

The FCC filing has no other information, other than a couple of diagrams that show where the FCC approval label will be placed on the console. Eurogamer.net claims it has heard that the design could be a "super slim" version of the PS3 and that the official reveal will be made during the Gamescom event in Germany in early August.

The original PS3 was launched in November 2006. In September 2009, Sony discontinued the original PS3 version in favor of a model design that was 32 percent smaller than the original. It also used much less power. However, the new Slim PS3 took away the backwards compatibly feature to play PS2 games that the original PS3 model had.

Sony has officially been silent about their plans for a Playstation 4. However, many rumors claim that Sony will launch the PS4 sometime before the end of 2013.

Source: Eurogamer | Image via Sony

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I like how civil you are KC. I always get trolls trying to desperately prove that I'm wrong even though I'm the qualified electrical engineer. I liked PS consoles until I had so many episodes of fighting them fixing em rather than playing them. Sony have never made a decent laser in their whole lifetime, whether it's PSP's, CD players, Blu-Ray and MiniDisc, I've fixed them all, 95% of those were before Blu-Ray and violet lasers were even a tiny thought.

Walkmans were the only product of theirs that I still own (from the 80's) that is still going! It might just be me, maybe me and Sony aren't meant for each other as consumer and manufacturer!

The PS3 Slim vents its hot air from the chips right through the power supply, which itself gets hot and has a plastic case. This itself is bad manufacturing. The motherboard is the main heatsink with a big heatplate on top, so I hate to see what the Super Slim is gonna be like....

Nice to chat KC, hope to see you around. Take care

@ KCRic: "So you're experiences are everyone else's, right?"

No, I didn't say that at all, I said my PERSONAL experience in both my repair company, and at home. I wasn't saying EVERY console is duff, but they are getting worse now the PS3 is nothing but a cheap lump of plastic. It goes to show that Sony don't give a damn about customers (if they did the original feature set would still be here) so I no longer buy their consoles.

The Xbox 360 did have its issues but at least Microsoft eventually did something about it, shrinking the die size, combining the CPU and GPU. Sony have just shrunk the heatsink, board, case and fan, they are still as hot running as they always were as they'd shrunk the cooling system.

The main problem is down to the electronics industry getting cheaper. I do Ball Grid Array reworking, and ever since 2006 when all the lead free solder legislation came in, the problems started. Lead Free solder is supposed to have a higher melting point, up to 90 degrees above lead solder, but as the amount of laptops with failed GPU's, plus dead consoles etc show, this is a load of rubbish, and exactly the reason rework shops like me are popping up everywhere, stuff just isn't built like the old pass-through hole circuitry once was. I hate surface mount technology, it makes stuff smaller but makes it fail much earlier.

Edited by Tidosho, Jul 6 2012, 7:47pm :

Tidosho said,
@ KCRic: "So you're experiences are everyone else's, right?"

No, I didn't say that at all, I said my PERSONAL experience in both my repair company, and at home. I wasn't saying EVERY console is duff, but they are getting worse now the PS3 is nothing but a cheap lump of plastic. It goes to show that Sony don't give a damn about customers (if they did the original feature set would still be here) so I no longer buy their consoles.

The Xbox 360 did have its issues but at least Microsoft eventually did something about it, shrinking the die size, combining the CPU and GPU. Sony have just shrunk the heatsink, board, case and fan, they are still as hot running as they always were as they'd shrunk the cooling system.

The main problem is down to the electronics industry getting cheaper. I do Ball Grid Array reworking, and ever since 2006 when all the lead free solder legislation came in, the problems started. Lead Free solder is supposed to have a higher melting point, up to 90 degrees above lead solder, but as the amount of laptops with failed GPU's, plus dead consoles etc show, this is a load of rubbish, and exactly the reason rework shops like me are popping up everywhere, stuff just isn't built like the old pass-through hole circuitry once was. I hate surface mount technology, it makes stuff smaller but makes it fail much earlier.

Fair enough. Thanks for clarifying. I too dislike the stripping of features Sony did but I've gotten along just fine. The old PS2 and PS still run fine so no worries there. I do wish the violet laser was built better but given the amount of hours on it I guess I can't complain. Red lasers in electronics had been around for a long time when the PS came out, no so much for violet lasers (not saying they were new by any means though).

Never thought about the lead free aspect. I just figured most problems these days were due to companies cutting corners, which I'm sure most are. That along with the issues you've mentioned about the lead free solder seem like a bad recipe. I don't see how the BGA really cuts down on size enough to warrant sacrificing lifespan and quality though, maybe I'm wrong. Maybe with the SOC on a phone but not a console.

I've had nothing but issues with Sony consoles, ever since the first PlayStation. My PS3 Slim which was a Christmas gift two years ago only lasted for a total of 7 hours use over 2 years before getting graphics problems so I can't see the next thinner, more tacky plastic piece of $hit lasting 2 minutes!

I have 3 dead PS3's, 2 dead PS2's and a brick PS1 that went through 4 lasers and about 7 disc spindles (the $hitty ones with ball bearings that used to cause the spindle to split and burst after removing and inserting discs about 20 times). Compare that to my original 10 year old Xbox that's still strong, and 2 Xbox 360's (A new Slim that's still going which replaced my Premium that had E74) says it all really.

$ony is $hit; I will NEVER buy another Sony product, their BRAVIA TV's are plastic junk, I repair them in my repair company, their old TriniTron CRT's were better built.

Call me an Xbox fanboy, but at least the MS consoles I've had have lasted longer needing less replacements or repairs. Microsoft have vastly improved the Slim with combined SoC CPU & GPU, mine never gets too warm. Sony have done nothing but take features away from the PS3 since it was launched (card reader, USB ports, OtherOS), then they went and made the PS3 Slim even cheaper and nastier like some Chinese counterfeit imitation.

I repair consoles, TV's and electronics, just take a look at my site (link in sig) before you say I don't know what I'm talking about. I DO, personally and professionally.

Tidosho said,
I've had nothing but issues with Sony consoles, ever since the first PlayStation. My PS3 Slim which was a Christmas gift two years ago only lasted for a total of 7 hours use over 2 years before getting graphics problems so I can't see the next thinner, more tacky plastic piece of $hit lasting 2 minutes!

I have 3 dead PS3's, 2 dead PS2's and a brick PS1 that went through 4 lasers and about 7 disc spindles (the $hitty ones with ball bearings that used to cause the spindle to split and burst after removing and inserting discs about 20 times). Compare that to my original 10 year old Xbox that's still strong, and 2 Xbox 360's (A new Slim that's still going which replaced my Premium that had E74) says it all really.

$ony is $hit; I will NEVER buy another Sony product, their BRAVIA TV's are plastic junk, I repair them in my repair company, their old TriniTron CRT's were better built.

Call me an Xbox fanboy, but at least the MS consoles I've had have lasted longer needing less replacements or repairs. Microsoft have vastly improved the Slim with combined SoC CPU & GPU, mine never gets too warm. Sony have done nothing but take features away from the PS3 since it was launched (card reader, USB ports, OtherOS), then they went and made the PS3 Slim even cheaper and nastier like some Chinese counterfeit imitation.

I repair consoles, TV's and electronics, just take a look at my site (link in sig) before you say I don't know what I'm talking about. I DO, personally and professionally.

So you're experiences are everyone else's, right?

I can't speak for the Bravia TV's since I don't own one myself but other people I know do own them and they're doing just fine. Could your statistics be a result of more people owning Bravia TV's in your area? Or people that own them putting more hours on them?

Now, my PS3 has lasted for 5 years. The only issue I've had (current issue) is the violet laser giving out after countless hours on it. Set that fact next to the countless RROD's that accompanied an xbox purchase and who's making the POS now? Out of 7 friends I know with an xbox, 7 have had an RROD on at least one console. Some have had multiple. Yes, the PS3 had the yellow light of death but not nearly as commonly as the xbox had the RROD.

It seems to have been fixed for the most part but that still doesn't lessen the fact that MS put out a poorly build product in the beginning. Good for you having your xbox last 10 years, I have a working original Playstation that's older than that. My PS2 is older also than that and it still works.

Again, your experience=everyone else's? I wish I would have known that beforehand, would have saved me some time when buying a car, house, clothes, food, building my computer, finding a doctor, and women.

drazgoosh said,
I personally much prefer the design of the original model. Can't wait for PS4
Screw that I'm waiting for the PS4 Slim!

It should come bundled with a remote and they should advertise heavily as a blu-ray player. I'd buy a couple if the price is right.

Enron said,
It might not be a PS3 at all. It could be Sony's new proprietary SquareDataDisc (SDD) technology.

If you look at the test report (for Bluetooth and WiFi) - it's a "Computer Entertainment System"

PS2 games in PS3 that was really interesting ... mount a ps2 inside ps3 and leave ps3 at same size has it is...

torrentthief said,
it could just be a regular ps3 with larger harddrive or a game themed paint job ps3, don't get your hopes up.
If that was the case then it wouldn't need to be re-filed to the FCC and get a whole new revision number.