Sony has applied for certification of two new PS3 models in South Korea, suggesting the company is considering releasing revised versions of its current-gen console. Kotaku speculates that the new PS3 models (CECH-4205B and CECH-4205C) could be slightly modified versions of the Super Slim PS3 (CECH-4000) featuring smaller nanometer architecture, less power consumption and better cooling. They’re also thought to be regional variations of PS3 model CECH-4200, which appeared on Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications website earlier this month.
Some industry watchers had forecast that Sony’s announcement of a Christmas 2013 PS4 launch window would be accompanied by a PS3 price cut, but PlayStation UK managing director Fergal Gara recently told GamesIndustry International that such a move isn’t currently in the company’s thinking. “There’s no plans as yet,” he said earlier this month. “The PS3 is a system where it hasn’t been particularly easy to get the costs down. We continue to look at opportunities, there may or may not be any more, I genuinely can’t answer to that.”
New PS3 models and potential price cuts aside, 2013 looks set to be a strong year for the ageing console thanks to some significant Sony investment. The company recently released the excellent The Last of Us, while fellow platform exclusives Beyond: Two Souls and Gran Turismo 6 are also due to launch before Christmas.