Sony applies to certify new PS3 models

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.

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