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Tuesday, 21 June 2011 09:27

New PS3 is for Japan only right now

Written by David Stellmack


New unit may show up in other regions later
The rumored new PlayStation 3 model that we told you about the other day has now been confirmed by Sony in Japan. The new unit will indeed shed some weight and use less power. The actual chassis remains the same, however, for the most part with a couple of small exceptions. For the time being it is a Japan only offering.

The new Japanese unit will feature a 320GB hard drive and will now only consume 200W at full power, which is a savings of 30W. Sony has made some changes to the power and eject buttons and the LEDs are gone in the new unit.

We have reached out to a number of our retail sources who tell us that they have no information yet of this new unit making its way to other regions; but we suspect at some point in the future it will. While a number of people believe that both Sony and Microsoft will drop the price on their consoles to stimulate sales this holiday season, if this is the case word has not reached retailers that we spoke with yet. Again, not to say that it will not happen, but for right now no one seems to know.

Read more about the new PS3’s Japanese only release here and here as well.

David Stellmack

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+2 #1 Python02 2011-06-21 09:37
Less Features With Probably The Same Pricetag :-x
 
 
-1 #2 Boomstick777 2011-06-21 12:55
Quoting Python02:
Less Features With Probably The Same Pricetag :-x




Very true, they removed a bunch of features and added more copyright protection so that you can't playback MKV BluRay rips. Nice one Sony, just another reason for me to prefer the Xbox 360..
 
 
+2 #3 master811 2011-06-21 13:07
Quoting Boomstick777:
Quoting Python02:
Less Features With Probably The Same Pricetag :-x


Very true, they removed a bunch of features and added more copyright protection so that you can't playback MKV BluRay rips. Nice one Sony, just another reason for me to prefer the Xbox 360..


Source? The PS3 has never been able to play back MKV files. It has nothing to do with copy protection and everything do with the fact it doesn't support mkv containers.
 
 
+2 #4 The blue fox 2011-06-21 16:00
I am go glad i have a PS3-fat.
 
 
-3 #5 bardenck 2011-06-21 16:22
Quoting Python02:
Less Features With Probably The Same Pricetag :-x



bigger hard drive...320 compared to 250.
 
 
+3 #6 Boomstick777 2011-06-21 19:23
Quoting master811:
Source? The PS3 has never been able to play back MKV files. It has nothing to do with copy protection and everything do with the fact it doesn't support mkv containers.


"Sony has also implemented AACS copyright protection in the CECH-3000B, which is an industry standard for all Blu-ray players sold on the market from 2011 onward. This means this new PS3 will only output 480i, rather than 1080i, over component connections while playing Blu-ray content. This is a non-issue for most people who use HDMI, but severely disappointing for those still using analog connections"

Read more: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20072606-1/leaner-less-power-hungry-ps3-debuts-in-japan/#ixzz1Pw6lRbCU
 
 
+5 #7 Boomstick777 2011-06-21 19:25
PS3 could play x264 which is the most popular BluRay rip format as it retains most of the original quality, these are mostly made into MKV rip's but the PS3 can (could before new PS3) play back these files via a different container.

That's what I meant by MKV, I said MKV so most people know what that means...

With cinavia and now AACS copyright protection, the PS3 is limiting what content you can playback, good luck playign downloaded movies on the new PS3, Ive always said the PS3 may be weak at games but was a great media player, now I can't even say that for it..
 
 
-1 #8 master811 2011-06-22 08:44
Quoting Boomstick777:


Except most Rips I have seen are in mp4 which the PS3 CAN play back. It doesn't know if they are rips or not. The bit about new copy protection will only affect people who used to watch proper blu-rays over component connection and nothing to do with watching mkv or mp4 video files.
 

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