A Sony spokesperson speaking to Eurogamer website has dismissed rumours that the PlayStation 3's hardware specs are to be downgraded as "ridiculous."
A report on website Games Radar claimed that Sony was having trouble fitting all the PS3's components within the console case without risk of overheating. The article also suggested that the Cell processor could run at a lower speed than originally stated.
But Sony spokesperson Jonathan Fargher told Eurogamer: "The PS3 downgrade story is categorically not true.
"Developers have been working with PS3 dev kits for anywhere between eight and 12 months, and to suggest that we'd now take the decision to downgrade the hardware at such a late stage, is, well, ridiculous.
"Worse still is the suggestion that we couldn't fit all the technical components into a plastic box," Fargher continued.
"Granted, whilst all products are not perfect, we do have over 40 years of experience making consumer electronics equipment, and therefore, extensive experience in making things fit - PSone and Slimline PS2 being just two examples of that."
The PlayStation 3 is set to hit shops in Japan on November 11th, with US and European launches to follow on November 17th.