According to sources close to the matter, Sony plans to reveal both the PlayStation Neo and Slim consoles at its event coming up next month in New York City.
Prior to E3 this year, fans have been hearing whispers of new Sony consoles, specifically a high end model known as the PlayStation Neo. While it would end up being Microsoft that would announce a Slim model of its Xbox One console and the surprising Project Scorpio at E3 2016, fans have been eagerly anticipating when Sony would do the same. With rumors starting to swirl, it seems gamers only need to wait a couple more weeks for new PlayStation hardware announcements.
According to the Wall Street Journal, which sources those that are “familiar to the matter,” Sony is readying an announcement next month that will reveal both the PlayStation Neo and a new Slim model of the current PlayStation 4 system. Reports also indicate that while the Slim model would obviously be a much smaller version of the current hardware, the console would also come in at a lower price. It’s an interesting move for a company that traditionally doesn’t release two different SKUs of the same console at the same time.
Speculation as to what Sony is up to has been running wild ever since the company revealed that it will be hosting an event called the PlayStation Meeting on September 7. The meeting kicks off at 3pm in New York City, though what exactly Sony will be showing is still a mystery. While a safe bet would be more Virtual Reality announcements, most are betting on the fact that Sony will use this time to announce its own hardware updates, including the PlayStation Neo.
These reports add fuel to an already burning rumor as just yesterday, leaked images of the potentially new PlayStation Slim model hit the web. While unconfirmed, the matte black console appears to be more of a square shape and ultimately shorter from the back to the front and from top to bottom when compared to the current PS4 model. The Slim model appears to keep the hard drive expansion bay and has new spacers at the bottom which should eliminate the tilting issue of the current hardware.
What’s interesting about the leaked images is that the console packaging simply shows the name “PS4” instead of using the word Slim, potentially indicating that this new model could be completely replacing the older stock of PlayStation 4 consoles. Another telling sign is the fact that Sony has recently cut production on the current system to adjust for inventory, with many Japanese outlets running out of stock completely.
What do you think Sony will be showing off on September 7? Are you surprised the company is making a slim version of the PlayStation 4 which is already pretty thin as it is? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
Source: Wall Street Journal