Sony has released new optimized hardware for the PS3 that includes a redesigned RSX graphics chip that uses 15% less energy (this will save more users from the dreaded yellow light of death) and, more important for Sony, it is significantly cheaper to produce. Another substitution has been the insertion of two 128MB XDR RAM chips instead of the existing 4 of 64MB (again, power consumption drops).
Despite the changes, it is still unclear whether Sony will now make a profit with sales of PS3 consoles; the Slim version was near to this goal but didn't quite make it.
Hopefully, this will mean less work for the repair centres.
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