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Retailer claims new PS3 model launching in October - report

Analyst also thinks "Sony is starving the channel ahead of a new hardware introduction"

Mounting evidence appears to point to the introduction of a new PS3 model in October.

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According to Gamereactor, a German online retailer has claimed on Facebook that a new PS3 offering 12GB of flash memory will hit stores next month.

Sony's German PR chief Guido Alt told the site he knew nothing of the existence of such a console, but rumours of a PS3 Super Slim have been doing the rounds for months.

In July it emerged that Sony Computer Entertainment had submitted what appear to be plans for a new PS3 model to the Federal Communications Commission.

Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter said in a research note released last night that Sony looks to be preparing to introduce new hardware.

"The PlayStation 3 160 GB plus Move bundle debuted at $299 in 2010, two full years ahead of Wii U's debut. It is worth noting that PlayStation 3 160 GB plus Move bundles have disappeared off of many retailer shelves, suggesting to us that Sony is starving the channel ahead of a new hardware introduction that would likely cost less than Wii U's Basic Set.

"We can only speculate that Sony will offer a PS3 without a hard drive at a price point below $200, and we expect a PS3/Move bundle at the $249 price point in the next several weeks."

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