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Sony boss Kaz Hirai has indicated in a series of slides from an internal corporate strategy meeting at Sony that the company is planning to update the PlayStation 3 graphics chip later this year.

The plan is, according to Kotaku, for Sony to update the PlayStation 3's graphics chip to a new 65nm model by Q4 this year.

The new graphics chip will be smaller, cooler and cheaper to produce than the current model, so Sony is understandably keen to make the move as soon as possible as the PlayStation 3 is still seen by many as prohibitively expensive compared to the Nintendo Wii and Microsoft Xbox 360.

Kaz Hirai also indicated in the meeting that Sony is looking to reduce the total number of components in the PlayStation 3, as well as introduce some more new and exciting titles for the console - but specifics are a little lacking.

Hopefully the move to a new graphics processor will go smoother than similar moves made by Microsoft to update to smaller chips, which resulted in months of speculation, rumour and disappointment before the new models arrived
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The 360 only shrunk the CPU, which wasn't most of the heating problem. If they shrink the GPU (and rumor has it that they might), that would probably be more effective.

At any rate, this is probably better if they can make the PS3 cheaper, rather than cooler.
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Perhaps they can get the console as a whole down to a smaller size if they are looking into component removal/shrinking.
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Perhaps they can get the console as a whole down to a smaller size if they are looking into component removal/shrinking.

Yes, but it will be like the PS2 slim edition. It will have no ability to add a Hard Drive.
Edited by wolf_08 - 6/27/08 at 9:07am
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Good move
PS3 is sold out everywhere here in Bahrain
Take a trip to Dubai...we have loads
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Perhaps they can get the console as a whole down to a smaller size if they are looking into component removal/shrinking.

If they wanted to right now, they could make a slimline PS3. 1/2 of the PS3 is a giant heatsink.
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I guess this should equate to lower prices by the holiday season...
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Yes, but it will be like the PS2 slime edition.
Slime edition? Is that like the Nickelodeon version or something?
 
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Yes, but it will be like the PS2 slime edition. It will have no ability to add a Hard Drive.
Or they can just make it the size of a PS2. Revisions =! thin.
    
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