A PS4 Slim unboxing video surfaces online briefly before going private, revealing that Sony will also be packaging a brand new DualShock 4 controller with the new console.
While the bulk of new console rhetoric after this year’s E3 show has been surrounding Microsoft’s Project Scorpio, this past week has seen Sony re-enter the conversation after reports began to surface regarding the existence of a PlayStation 4 Slim model. It all began two months ago when news broke that Sony was set to unveil a slim version of the PS4 at Tokyo Game Show 2016 in September, although further information outside of the rumor was difficult, if not impossible, to obtain at the time.
That was June, however, and the end of August has proved to be a fruitful one for Sony fans. A few days ago, PS4 Slim pictures leaked, showing the console’s potential retail display box as well as side-by-side comparisons with the original PS4. Now, an unboxing video that was briefly public before being taken down has also unveiled that the PS4 Slim will be packaged with a brand new DualShock 4 controller.
The new DualShock 4 controller isn’t a dramatic shift in the design theory behind the controller, but it does feature at least one major change. The new lightbar now sits across the top of the controller’s touchpad rather than running between its shoulder buttons, flashing white as usual when connecting to the console while remaining lit once it is powered on. The video doesn’t make it clear whether or not gamers will have the option to turn the light off, customize the colors it displays, or alter the brightness in any way.
It is difficult to ascertain whether there are more subtle changes that have been made to the DualShock 4, such as a change in the material that the thumbsticks are made of. The original material has been widely criticized for being prone to ripping, and a new DualShock 4 model seems like a good time to introduce something more durable.
That being said, Sony hasn’t even announced the PS4 Slim officially yet, so details are obviously going to be difficult to come by before then. A recent report suggested that Sony would be announcing both the PS4 Slim and PS4 Neo on September 7 before the former goes on sale shortly after, and if there is any truth to those rumors, it’s likely gamers will be hearing much more about the PS4 Slim and its new DualShock 4 model in the very near future.