Sony Working On PS3 Without Blu-Ray Drive

According to exclusive sources, Sony is looking to drop Blu-Ray support from some PS3 models in the near future. With the format war over, the company is no longer seeing the game console as a trojan horse for their high-def format. Instead, they intend to compete more strongly with rivals Microsoft and Nintendo and expand into a growing market at the same time.

The system configuration is purported to have 40GB, 80GB, and a new 120GB option for storage. The smallest model is intended to compete with Microsoft's Xbox 360 Arcade model and Nintendo's Wii. The upper level models are intended for frequent downloaders of games and other content onto their systems. Exact price points were not provided to us, but they are reportedly "positioned to be highly competitive" and will "make the PS3 a compelling option [for many consumers]".

This marks an interesting departure for the console world. This new system mirrors the previous attempts of the failed Phantom console system. However, with the brand recognition of the Playstation name, Sony believes it has a legitimate chance to make downloadable games a more serious contender in the console market. With the coming focus on consoles as a IPTV frontends and increased usability of network media playback, it appears Sony is positioning itself to greatly capitalize on this new market. No estimate was given for the release date of the new system configurations.

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(s3n4te said @ #18)
I thought PS3 games were on blu ray, how can you play games if the blu ray is removed?

OMG! are you trying to act dumb?

[DGS
said,#16]um..this wasn't a April fools joke.
notice it didnt get tagged as one, as the rest did by the author

Heh... well if that's the case, they're F'ed if they actually make the units. I'm gonna guess the widespread consumer reply of "nice april fool's joke" doesn't bode well for their product

Of course it was a joke, because removing the drive is impossible. As others have pointed out all PS3 games are on BD-ROMs. How are you supposed to play them if you can't read the discs?

(TRC said @ #16.2)
Of course it was a joke, because removing the drive is impossible. As others have pointed out all PS3 games are on BD-ROMs. How are you supposed to play them if you can't read the discs?

Read the article. It would be a system that could only play downloaded games (ie... stored on the hard drive/no disc required). Not out of the realm of feasibility.... just rediculous conceptually.

(pmac1328 said @ #16.3)
Read the article. It would be a system that could only play downloaded games (ie... stored on the hard drive/no disc required). Not out of the realm of feasibility.... just rediculous conceptually.

* ridiculous

The stupidest joke ever, without blu-ray ps3 is screwed as all games are made on blu-ray, the only thing it would benefit is download only content, sounds lke a MS dream. This would make sense for demo sites tho at Best Buy and stuff tho But... pure fake. hehe

I agree it is fake, however, download only content isn't a MS only dream. Back when the PS3 was first mentioned, Sony said they were planning to have no optical drive at all and you would purchase and download your games online, then they scrapped that idea and went with Blu-Ray instead :P

How do people get actually *upset* because they didn't find a joke funny.. perhaps a dose of "lighten-up" is what the doctor should prescribe?

(Zoom7000 said @ #7)
This article title might as well read "Sony Working On PS3 Without Support for PS3 Games" :P

wouldnt even run PS2 games considering that they removed hardware support to save money.

At first I was just ****ed they were going to get rid of Blue-Ray....
All my money invested in my blue-rays...

Then I noticed it was April 1st...
Then I chuckled.