Sony is rumoured to be developing a new PlayStation 3 gaming console that will come with security mechanisms supposedly preventing anyone from hacking it.
Anonymous sources have told Everything HQ that the new PS3 being developed by Sony will come with a 300 GB hard drive and will be available for £186.99.
The rumour coincides with Sony reducing the prices of PS3 across the board, indicating that the company is making way for the new, 'hack-proof' model.
Sony earlier banned jailbreakers from accessing the PlayStation Network but hackers managed to release another jailbreak that bypasses the controls and even allows users to ban other users from PSN. Sony is yet to react to this move.
Sony is prepared for a legal battle with the PS3 hacking community after taking prominent PS3 jailbreaker George Hotz to court. Hotz has raised around $10,000 in legal aid from the public. Sony may well be waiting on the outcome of this case before deciding on when to launch the new console.
The prospect of Sony launching PS4 is still some way off, the company's President Kaz Hirai said recently to Japanese website PC Impress Watch, "I think the value of the PS3 will continue to rise. Because of this, a near-future PS4 or next-generation home console is not something that we are even debating now. That is to say, we are still concentrating fully upon the PS3."