In addition to PlayStation 4 Pro that supports 4K and HDR, Sony will launch 'PlayStation 4 Slim'. It is a slimmer version of the original console that will support Full HD and sell for 299 USD/Euro. Sony will also update all PS4 consoles to be HDR (high dynamic range) capable next week.
Sony PlayStation 4 Slim
PlayStation 4 Slim is a thinner and lighter version of the original PlayStation 4 that it replaces. It was unveiled yesterday at Sony’s event together with the high-end PS4 Pro. PS4 Slim will cost 299 Euro and PS4 Pro will cost 399 Euro.
Sony says that PS4 Slim has been reduced “more than 30% in volume”. It also weights 16-25% less compared to the previous consoles and has 28-35% lower power consumption due to a more energy-efficient processor structure (smaller nm transistors). Sony has made both the front and back matte. Corners are trimmed and softer. The basic design, however, is intact.
PS4 Slim comes standard with a 500GB hard drive and Sony will also sell a 1TB version in Japan. It is not clear if the 1TB version will be made available in the US and Europe later. You can still manually replace the hard drive.
The optical audio port has been removed but Sony has added 5GHz "ac" WiFi, which was not integrated in the original version.
PS4 Slim will launch on September 15 for 299 USD / 299 Euro.
PlayStation 4 Slim (CUH-2000 series) specifications:
Single-chip custom processor CPU : x86-64 AMD “Jaguar”, 8 cores GPU : 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon based graphics engine
Approx. 265×39×288 mm (width × height × length)
Approx. 2.1 kg
BD × 6 CAV DVD × 8 CAV
Super-Speed USB (USB 3.1 Gen1) port × 2 AUX port × 1
At the event yesterday, Sony also confirmed that all existing PlayStation 4 consoles will receive a firmware update that will make them HDR capable. This includes the original PS4 and the new PS4 Slim.
HDR stands for "high dynamic range" and expands the dynamic range between the darkest black and brightest white, while also expanding the color gamut, enabling games or video to be reproduced with far more saturated colors than on regular TVs.
To experience real HDR you need a TV with hardware capable of reproducing HDR. Software support is not enough. Today, all TVs with HDR also come with Ultra HD resolution so if are planning to buy new equipment, and want the best possible viewing experience, you should probably opt for the more expensive PS4 Pro.