And here ends the most long-winded series of rumours in recent internet history.
Sony today announced that from October 10 the standard 60GB PS3 bundle is getting brutally hacked down to £349, with a newer, feature-light model packing a 40GB hard drive appearing alongside it – and going for an almost cheap £299.
As you can see from that little pic there, the new 40GB model is lacking a couple of the USB sockets round the front, plus the card readers that nestled under the left-hand ‘flap’ have gone. Internally, there’s one large disappointment – the backwards compatibility with older PS2 games has been binned altogether. But who really plays old games on new consoles anyway?
“The introduction of the new PS3 has been the result of extensive research into the entertainment needs and preferences of the next generation of PS3 owners,” said David Reeves, President of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe – but perhaps they should’ve done all this amazing research into what people want before releasing it for £425 in the first place?