Sony has announced not one, but two revamped PS4 systems launching this year; the PS4 Pro, a more powerful mid-generation upgrade that was previously called the PS4 Neo, and a slim edition of the existing PS4 hardware, or PS4 Slim, which simply takes the name of the PlayStation 4.
The initial reveal of the slim console was a bit of a surprise, as it was first seen in the wild on the Gumtree auction website, rather than through the usual set of rumors and leaks that come long before most of. new hardware disclosures. Subsequently, Digital Foundry verified that the slim PS4 was authentic, and the fact that it came in the final retail packaging suggests an imminent launch, which Sony confirmed at their PlayStation meeting in September.
PS4 Slim release date and price
As announced as part of the September PlayStation reunion, the PS4 Slim will launch on two dates, each with a different hard drive size:
- PS4 Slim 500GB – £ 259 / $ 299, September 16, 2016
- PS4 Slim 1TB – £ 309.99 / $ TBC, September 29, 2016
You can book both on Amazon UK; the 500GB PS4 Slim is available alone or with FIFA 17, while the 1TB PS4 Slim is also available alone or with FIFA 17. You can also buy the new DualShock 4 separately, though remember that your existing controls will work just fine.
PS4 Slim Specifications: What’s New With The Slim Console?
This updated PS4 takes the position as a traditional mid-generation ‘slim’ redesign, which performs exactly the same as current PS4 hardware, including the addition of HDR output for the entire family as part of firmware update 4.0.
That leaves the PS4 Pro to offer tangible graphical and feature updates for those who want them; For more on this, check out Digital Foundry’s impressions after their three hours of practice with the PS4 Pro at the PlayStation Gathering.
But for those who don’t want a PS4 Pro, and can choose between the original launch model and this new Slim, how do the two compare? Digital Foundry The first practice with the CUH-2000 PS4 Slim says that it is “better than the existing PS4 in almost every respect” with better energy efficiency and noise reduction, and although it is more economically priced, it has a build quality in a on par with existing models.
How the slim PS4 looks different for launching PS4 hardware:
- Slimmer form factor with smooth corners and a fully matte finish
- Approximately 40% smaller, with dimensions of 26.5cm x 26.5cm x 3.8cm compared to the 27.5cm x 30cm x 5.3cm of the launch PS4.
- Physical power and eject buttons located just below the disk drive
- Light bar removed in favor of a light on the new power button
- Two USB 3.0 ports separated from each other on the front of the device
- The base of the console has multiple ‘legs’ made of plastic that stick out in the form of iconic PlayStation symbols.
- The PlayStation square, triangle, circle and cross symbols are stamped on the side of the console, and the circle also acts as part of the accessory for the stand.
The features and hardware of the slim PS4 compared to the original PS4:
- Removing the Optical Out Port on the Back of the Console
- An updated DualShock 4 controller that comes packaged in the box (see below)
- Two hard drive options: 500 GB standard or 1 TB increased capacity
- The ability to swap out hard drives with a dedicated panel on the back.
- New hard drive vendor: 2.5-inch Toshiba MQ01ABD050 in our practice, but with the same 5400 rpm speeds
- Reduced noise, heat, and fan power consumption (about 41% less power on the board in early tests)
- WiFi enhancements: 5GB IEEE 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac compliant (also available with Pro model)
New PS4 Controller – What’s Different About the Updated DualShock 4?
Similar to the Xbox One S, Sony’s slim console will debut with a slightly revamped controller with a few different features, along with other reworked peripherals.
The great addition is a strip of light on top of the controller’s touchpad, allowing gamers to see the color of the controller’s light without having to look at the bottom of the controller. The light bar itself is a bit smaller.
It will also transfer data via USB when connected to the PS4, reducing the slight Bluetooth lag seen in the startup controller. This feature is not exclusive to new PS4 models; It will also work if you connect the new controller to a launch PS4 as well.
You will also see a small Different too, with the thumbsticks and D-pad adopting a grayer color scheme than the original black.
This controller is also available with the PS4 Pro and will be sold separately, with the same Magma Red and Wave Blue color varieties as the originals.