The PS4 Slim was officially announced at the PlayStation meeting in New York despite having already been out in the wild for the last couple of weeks due to stolen shipments or something of the sort. The Slimmer PS4 with 500GB HDD will roll out on September the 15th for 299$ for the North American, Europe and Japanese markets thus phasing out the current model of the PS4.
As previously reported, the Slim PS4 has it’s volume reduced by 30% compared to the previous models and reducing its weight by 25% and 16% compared to the earlier models namely the CUH-1000, CUH-1100 and CUH-1200 Series of models respectively. The PS4 Slim as previously noted is more energy efficient with a reduced power consumption by more than 34% and 28% compared to the earlier models but there is also a downside as they have removed the optical port and there is one less USB port.
According to Sony, the New Slimmer PS4’S Form factor is as follows:
“The form factor of the new system inherits the slanted body design of the previous models, with the foreside and backside of its body slightly angled. The corners are trimmed and curved, giving it a softer impression that would appeal to a wider range of audience. The new simple look, with gloss finished PS family mark designed on the center of the top surface, will fit perfectly wherever it is placed”
The PS4 Slim will also include a new Dual Shock controller (CUH-ZCT2) which we have reported on earlier featuring an additional light from the light bar which emits onto the touch-pad producing a luminous effect as well as supporting USB communication.
Sony will also release a new Firmware update next week slated to include High Dynamic Range (HDR) support across all PlayStation 4 platforms.
The PS4 Slim rolls out on September 15th 2016 for a retail price of 299$, A steal if i should say to attract a much wider audience of gamer’s both hardcore and casual alike.