Sony has put the PlayStation 4 on a diet. On September 7th, Sony announced an updated “Slim” PS4, as well as a more powerful 4K-capable PS4 Pro console. The slim variant will phaseout the existing “older” PS4 consoles on store shelves. Aside from the build construction, the PS4 (Slim) features the same internal specifications. Though, it now has support for 5GHz Wi-Fi and contains no optical port.
Four years down the line and 40 million units sold, the PS4 has been a great success for Sony. By focussing on games first and foremost, the Japanese entertainment giant as managed to quickly rebuild a customer base that was severely depleted thanks to the pretty large mistakes made with the lackluster, unfocussed PS3.Games, games and more games has been what Sony has been about over the past four years and that, speaking from a gamer’s point of view, has been superb. Titles such as Uncharted 4, DriveClub, The Witness, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, No Man’s Sky, Until Dawn, Persona 5, Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X and many more have made the console essentially a must purchase and given it an edge in the market.
Sony’s PlayStation 4 video game console series lets you choose the model that best fits your needs and budget. Its smallest version – the PlayStation 4 Slim – is the most inexpensive way to step into the PlayStation world and enjoy Sony exclusive titles like Uncharted 4 or streaming media apps. Of course, a smaller size and lower price means you sacrifice an optical out port, VR compatibility and 4K playback. However, its small build and slick interface make it a good option for anyone on a budget.
The PS4 Slim was announced alongside the 4K-capable PlayStation Pro at the company’s 2016 PlayStation Meeting event. For more on the PlayStation Pro, check out our coverage from the event.Unlike Microsoft’s compact console offering, the Xbox One S, the new smaller, slimmer, less glossy PlayStation 4 doesn’t support 4K (UHD) resolution. It doesn’t have a 4K Blu-ray player, nor does it feature slightly faster graphics processing than its bigger brother. Instead, the new PS4 (which replaces the old one) is much like the PS3 Slim: a leaner version of an existing console.That’s no bad thing. When it goes on sale on September 15 the 500GB version of the new PS4 Slim will retail for £259/$299. That price means the new PS4 costs largely the same as the old one, and some features have been cut despite the lack of price reduction. That said, they’re not ones most players will miss. In fact, after a week playing around with the new PS4, I’d even say some of those cuts have made it more attractive.
Sony’s 4K-equipped monster, the PS4 Pro, has established itself as the first Ultra HD console on the market, but if you’re not ready to upgrade to a new television just yet then the original PS4 is still an excellent machine, especially now that it’s been shrunk down into a new slimline form factor. It’s meant as the budget option, so there are a couple of compromises. You naturally won’t get any form of 4K output, and you’ll have to do without an optical audio output.
Source: Sony PS4 Review | TechRadar
Sony regularly updates its game systems with new, sleeker designs, and the PlayStation 4 is no exception. Besides releasing the larger, more powerful PS4 Pro last year, Sony also rolled out a smaller, thinner version of the original PS4. This PS4 Slim replaces the first PS4 as the default model, with a lower $299.99 price tag and a 1TB hard drive (though 500GB models are still available in bundles with games). Considering it’s smaller, has more storage, and less expensive than the original, the PS4 Slim earns our Editors’ Choice for home gaming consoles.
The PS4 Slim (given the technical title of CUH-2000) represents the new standard PlayStation 4 console. It’s a hardware revamp that incorporates a makeover of both console and controller.Physically, it’s a big change, but functionally this PS4 is the exact same as the console that you either already own or was thinking about buying before Sony gave it a makeover. That’s not a terrible thing, though: while there’s no 4K Blu-ray player or bump in game performance to shout about (unlike with the Xbox One S), it’s quieter, leaner and less power hungry than its older brothers, making it a decent upgrade.However, consumers now also have the choice of buying the PS4 Pro, which boasts a significant boost to performance, 4K gaming and even frame rate improvements for existing games, making the Slim the lesser (but cheaper) console.