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A slim PS4, also known as the PlayStation Neo, might show up at the Tokyo Game Show

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by , 07-09-2016 at 04:39 PM (853 Views)
      
   


The PS4K, also known as the PlayStation Neo, has been widely discussed for months now, and Sony has even quietly confirmed that itís in the works. But what about a simple mid-cycle PS4 redesign along the lines of the Xbox One S or the PS3 slim? It seems as if that minor hardware revision might be on its way sooner than we expected.

In an article in the Wall Street Journal, Takashi Mochizuki reports that an analyst from Macquarie Securities believes that a slim PS4 could be released as early as September. In a Tweet, Mochizuki spells out that it might show up at the Tokyo Game Show. Considering that the PlayStation VR is launching in October, and some leaks point towards a 2016 release for Neo, this might be the single biggest year in the history of PlayStation hardware.



Two and a half years ago, we speculated on what a PS4 redesign might end up being. Beyond a die shrink and a new case design, we mentioned 802.11ac for improved streaming and the addition of Bluetooth 4.0 for low-energy wireless communication.
Those improvements still make sense, but there are a few more features worth considering in 2016. Ultra HD Blu-ray and HDMI 2.x support would help the slim compete head-to-head with the likes of the $299 Xbox One S. Since Sony would love to sell us UHD Blu-ray discs and brand new 4K UHD TVs, positioning this as an affordable entry point to these high-res upgrades would be a smart strategy.

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