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PS4 Slim coming alongside PS4 Neo, reports claim

Sony could have three PS4's on the market in 2016.

@DeekeTweak
Published Wed, Jun 29 2016 2:23 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:59 AM CST

Sony isn't about to let Microsoft have all the console-upgrading fun: the Japanese gaming giant may reveal a new PS4 Slim model alongside its upgraded 4K-ready PS4 Neo in September.

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According to Macquarie Securities analyst Damien Thong, Sony will unveil two new PlayStation 4 consoles at this year's Tokyo Game Show: a slimmer PS4 and the new upgraded PS4K that's built on AMD's new 14nm Polaris GPU technology for 4K upscaled gaming.

"Macquarie Securities analyst Damian Thong said Sony might also introduce a slimmer version of the PlayStation. Sony declined to comment on that possibility. The new variations of the console might be released at a game show in September, Mr. Thong said," reads a report from the Wall Street Journal.

We're not sure if the new PS4 Slim will support 4K Blu-ray playback like Microsoft's new Xbox One S, but it's possible given the two consoles will likely go head-to-head against one another. Given this we can postulate the PS4 Slim could launch in 2016 for a ~$299 price point. The more powerful PlayStation 4K is also expected to launch in 2016.

If the report is true, Sony will have three PlayStation 4 consoles out in 2016--the vanilla PS4, the PS4 Slim, and the PlayStation 4 Neo. It's also possible that the PS4 Slim uses the same new AMD semi-custom system-on-chip (SoC) in the Xbox One S instead of the older APU design. The new SoC gives a boost to GPU and CPU hardware to enable 4K UHD playback and HDR support.

The Tokyo Game Show will be held from September 15 - 16 in Japan. Be sure to check below for a full list of everything we know about Sony's upgraded PlayStation 4K so far.

Original PS4

  • CPU: 8 Jaguar Cores at 1.6 GHz
  • GPU: AMD GCN, 18 CUs at 800 MHz (equivalent to Radeon HD 7850)
  • Memory: 8 GB GDDR5, 176 GB/s

PS4 NEO / PS4K

  • CPU: 8 Jaguar Cores at 2.1 GHz
  • GPU: Improved AMD GCN, 36 CUs at 911 MHz (possibly built on Polaris10 Ellesmere?)
  • Memory: 8 GB GDDR5, 218 GB/s

Everything we know so far about the PlayStation 4K:

NEWS SOURCES:twitter.com, wsj.com

Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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