An author over at technology blog Gadgetnutz has learned that a stripped-down entry-level PlayStation3 is on the way, citing ´his network of industry insiders´ as the source of the rumours.
Sony is rumored to be making drastic changes to recapture the market before losing even more of it's command share to the likes of Nintendo (the success story of the holiday season) or the XBox 360 (still suffering in the land of the rising sun, but gaining momentum everywhere else).
In a move that is "aimed at family pricing," Sony is rumored to be working on a Playstation 3 that does not include the Blu Ray drive. Whether this will result in the current low-end model having a change, or a newer "entry level" Playstation 3, remains to be seen.
However, in order to abandon the BluRay drive, current PS3 games would also become incompatible with the new console. Games would have to be refitted to standard DVD discs to be playable on a PS3 that would ship without a BluRay drive.
A much more likely story appears the Engadget report about a new Xbox360 in the works, photographic evidence included.
Ever wonder why Microsoft hasn't released an HDMI cable for the Xbox 360, or whether the AV port was really capable of digital out? Well, here's your answer: we landed pictures of what appears to be the second Xbox 360 -- the Xbox 360 v2, if you will -- codenamed Zephyr. (...)
The long rumored about and awaited update to the console won't just feature a new, cooler 65nm processor, it's also finally added an HDMI port for full digital 1080p pleasure, as well as a 120GB drive, just what the doctor ordered.
Source: Gadgetnutz, Engadget
Thanks to: LVzx2, News4Gamers, Joystiq