With rumors that Sony may announce a new PlayStation at the Gamescom expo in Cologne, Germany, on August 18, Europe has been the most fruitful source of PS3 Slim rumors. The latest: in an interview with French gaming site JVN.com, an anonymous French retailer is claiming that the PS3 Slim is real and will cost 100 euros less than the current PS3. The retailer says he's heard the new system will arrive in stores next month, but no firm date has been given.
The interview with the retailer is actually fairly long and covers a lot of ground--including some thoughts on whether a price cut will spur sales of the console--but there's little in the way of specifics. At one point the retailer says he's been told the new PS3 is a "limited edition," but he says he finds it hard to believe that it will be.
As usual, take this all with a grain of salt. But the evidence continues to mount that some sort of new PlayStation 3 will be announced soon, perhaps as early as next week.