It may seem like the eighth generation of consoles has only recently hit shelves, but there are already rumors of a redesign for Sony's PlayStation 4. Images have hit the internet that would seem to present early designs for a slimmer, sleeker version of the recently released console — but can they be taken at face value?
Sony is certainly no stranger to offering a refreshed, redesigned version of one of their consoles. Following on from the rounded edges of the PSOne and the wafer-thin re-release of the PlayStation 2, the PlayStation 3 received two major hardware revisions; the PS3 Slim that was announced in 2009, and the 'Super Slim' model that released three years later.
All signs would point to the PlayStation 4 getting the same treatment at some point down the line, but it does seem a little too early for such plans to be unveiled now. However, that doesn't mean that speculation regarding such a redesign should have to wait — rumors of a revised PlayStation 4 began circulating only months after the initial release of the console.
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VG247.it has sourced images that would seem to demonstrate that plans for a 'slim' version of the PlayStation 4 are more advanced than expected, with designs already being drawn up. The project — codenamed 'Monolith' — presents a significantly smaller version of the console than its first release, which has recently passed 18.5 million units sold.
However, there are some suspicious details to the leaked images. First and foremost, they're off-screen photographs — which regularly seems to be the case when plausible but unconfirmed news is being reported. Furthermore, the sheer amount of times that the word 'confidential' appears in the snaps is enough to provoke skepticism
There will eventually be a new version of PlayStation 4 hardware but it is a little soon for it to be so far into the design process, but in an industry when annualized sequels are fast becoming the norm, timelines are being accelerated all the time. Not to mention the fact that it was a similar leak that revealed the PS3 Slim ahead of its official announcement back in 2009. It's Microsoft's Xbox One that's in dire need of a smaller console design, given its archaic over-sized box design.
It remains to be seen whether this leak is legitimate, but it certainly seems like it's a question of 'when' and not 'if' when it comes to the prospect of a 'slim' edition of the PlayStation 4. Game Rant will keep you updated as more details emerge but don't count on this being what the next PS4 looks like.
Do you think it's too early to launch a revised PlayStation 4? Or are you waiting for such a release before you jump into the current generation of consoles? Let us know in the comments section below.