Ask Sony Computer Entertainment Europe gaffer Jim Ryan about the recently leaked PlayStation 3 Super Slim and he’ll spin you a yarn. “Which new PS3?” he told CVG when quizzed on the subject, before laughing the question off and moving on.

Asked again about the hardware’s absence during the company’s GamesCom 2012 press conference, Ryan added: “Well, we had so much to talk about on the software side, and that’s all we wanted to talk about.”

Rumours suggested Sony had planned to announce the new device during last week’s European show, but opted against it due to a higher than expected inventory of existing consoles. The platform – which almost certainly exists – will now probably be announced at TGS.

The alleged console is said to be significantly smaller, and will sport an extremely competitive 16GB variant. Perfect for all those kids asking Santa for Wonderbook this Christmas.

[via computerandvideogames.com]