Sony has reportedly signed manufacturing agreements with both Foxconn and Pegatron to start production of the PS3 Slim console for delivery this month. The source also claims the Slim will be the last PlayStation 3 console, and that a next-gen console based on Sony's motion controller is due in Spring 2010. Here's what Engadget has to say about it:
We don't buy that at all, since the PS3 is just entering its prime and Sony was clear that the motion controller was for the existing console, so we think this rumor is getting garbled down the wire -- it's far more likely that the slim is being prepped for an August launch to coincide with those rumored price cuts, and that new PS3 bundles that include the motion controller are set to drop next year.
Interestingly, Foxconn issued a filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE) to decline to comment on this report, citing customer confidentiality.