PlayStation 4 Slim: Release date, rumours and everything you need to know

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This isn’t about the PlayStation Neo, a console upgrade that Sony has already confirmed, but rather a second console that has leaked online and is going by the name PS4 Slim.

While PS4 Neo is expected to offer 4K output and beefed-up internals, the PS4 Slim is thought to be simply a slim console upgrade like we’ve seen with previous PlayStations, including the PS2 Slim and PS3 Slim. Sony will likely unveil this trimmed-down console alongside the PS4 Neo at a New York City event scheduled for 7 September. Here’s everything you need to know about it.

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Sony is holding an event to announce something about PlayStation on 7 September, but in a flurry of leaks, some of that news might have escaped early.Sony confirmed its event on 10 August, inviting media to a New York launch. It said the event would relate to “the PlayStation business”. For some time, the launch of an upgraded 4K capable PlayStation has been rumoured.

The Wall Street Journal reported that we can expect two consoles to launch at the New York event: the rumoured PlayStation Neo, as well as a new “standard” slim model. While all attention has been on a future high-powered console, no one expected a “Slim” model to be announced too. Sony has a history of revamping its consoles, usually with a launch of a Slim model at a lower price.

The Wall Street Journal reported that we can expect two consoles to launch at the New York event: the rumoured PlayStation Neo, as well as a new “standard” slim model. While all attention has been on a future high-powered console, no one expected a “Slim” model to be announced too. Sony has a history of revamping its consoles, usually with a launch of a Slim model at a lower price.

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Auction site Gumtree had a listing for a PlayStation 4. The unreleased console had been listed for sale and bought. The buyer shared photos of the new consolevia Twitter, though it was never powered on. Eurogamer went to see the buyer, took photos and a video, and confirmed it was the real deal. It has since removed the video, citing “legal” reasons, which sort of removes any doubt.

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Also, thanks to a series of leaks spotted by NeoGaf, including an unboxing video that has is now removed from YouTube, we can see that PS4 Slim has a slanted front and back, is significantly slimmer than its predecessor, and has most of the same connectors as the standard PS4. It has a power port, accessory port, HDMI out, and Ethernet port. It appears to be lacking an optical port, however.

A recent analysis by Digital Foundry supposedly revealed that the PS4 Slim has improved internals that should boost game framerates. That said, there are still significant questions about what Sony has packed into its PS4 Slim. It’ll be interesting to see how Sony compete with Microsoft’s new Xbox One S, which is a slimmer version of the standard Xbox One.

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With the Xbox One S, Microsoft changed what gamers expect from a console hardware refresh. Not only did it have a slimmer profile, but it also brought an Ultra HD Blu-ray player, HDR, and 4K upscaling. It’s unclear if PS4 Slim will have these features.

The PS4 Slim might get a new controller, according to a recent leak. It looks as though the new controller isn’t going to vary too much from the DualShock controller of the PS4, but there’s a change to the light bar, now showing through on the top of the controller. Originally there was a video of this new controller shared by ZRZ on YouTube. A picture of the controller is floating around still, however, thanks to Engadget.

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To verify the new design, a gamer who was able to buy that original PS4 Slim from Gumtree, has confirmed that this visible bar on the top just looks like a transparent section, allowing the light that shows at the front to be seen on the top too. Speculation suggested that this might be for linking-up with PS VR when it launches. With the number of leaks appearing, this is all looking likely.

We don’t yet know how much the PS4 Slim will cost – even though Sony’s previous Slim models were sold at a reduced price compared to the original console. The 500GB of the PS4 currently retails for around $350 (£250), so the PS4 Slim might cost that much, or more likely, less.

(pocket-lint.com, http://goo.gl/Z8yMmn)

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