As part of its PlayStation Meeting in New York on Wednesday 7 September, Sony mainly focused on its mid-generation flagship console, the PS4 Pro. However, it also officially announced a newly-styled version of the standard machine too, which is similarly called PS4 but has been lovingly dubbed the PS4 Slim by many.
It effectively replaces the existing PS4 in the line-up, but changes the design a touch. So here's everything you need to know about the new Sony PS4.
PS4 Slim: Release date
Announced on 7 September, the new, smaller PlayStation 4 will hit shops from 15 September in the US, 16 September in the UK. You can pre-order it now from several retailers, including Game and Amazon.co.uk.
PS4 Slim: Price
The new PS4 will be available for £259 in the UK, $299 in the US.
PS4 Slim: Design
The leaks proved to be true; the new PS4 is now in a smaller, thinner box. It has rounded edges too, although we're not 100 per cent sold on the matt finish. It looks a bit cheaper with no glossy section, as on the original PS4.
We're waiting for a review sample to see if some of the issues with the first PS4 have been addressed, specifically fan noise.
PS4 Slim: Specs
While it is different on the outside, the PS4 offers nigh-on identical internals as the existing model. Sony did confirm, however, that all PS4 models would get a firmware update allowing support for HDR, including the more than 40 million units already in people's homes globally.
We're waiting for official confirmation, but it is assumed the HDR upgrade is to add the picture tech to games and video. It expands the colour gamut and contrast capabilities to make compatible titles look better.
You will need a HDR supporting TV to get the benefit, however.
- All the other specifications for the new PS4 are here:
- Product code: CUH-2000 series
- Main Processor: Single-chip custom processor
- CPU: x86-64 AMD "Jaguar", 8 cores
- GPU: 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon based graphics engine
- Memory: GDDR5 8GB
- Storage size: 500GB, 1TB (for Japan only at present)
- External dimensions: Approximately 265 × 39 × 288mm
- Mass: Approximately 2.1kg
- BD/ DVD drive (read only): BD × 6 CAV, DVD × 8 CAV
- Input/ Output: Super-Speed USB (USB 3.1 Gen1) port × 2, AUX port × 1
- Networking: Ethernet（10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T）×, IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac wi-fi, Bluetooth v4.0
- Power: AC 100-240V, 50/60Hz
- Power consumption: Max. 165W
- Operating Temperature: 5-degrees C – 35-degrees C
- AV output: HDMI out port (HDR output supported)
PS4 Slim: Controller
A new DualShock 4 controller ships with the PS4 Slim. It has an additional light strip that runs across the top of the touchpanel so gamers can see it more clearly.
In addition, the new controller supports USB communication, so can be linked to the PS4 or even a PC by cable. This is especially important for pro gamers who don't want to rely on wireless connectivity and lag times, even though they are minute.
The controller will also be available with the PS4 Pro and separately for £54, $59.