All I'm going to say is too many peripherals in one year. It's a bit overwhelming. PSVR, Xbox One S, Neo, now this. This just makes my decision-making process harder. Never thought I'd see so much happen just 3 years after the launch of current-gen consoles.
It makes a lot of sense to replace the standard PS4 with the PS4 Slim. Presenting two new PS4 options is a better look and easier sell than one new and one old.
I'm usually of the mindset that the design build of the PS4 is so good that I'm not really interested in a slim model -- something I still feel after these leaked pics. PS3 to PS3 Slim was a fairly massive difference, though I understand there's only so much Sony can nip and tuck.
It was only a matter of time until there was an optimized slim PS4. It happens every console cycle. I think that 500 gig hard drive is a bad move, as most people would be easily willing to upgrade for the sake of a larger HDD alone, not to mention a smaller footprint, and likely optimized internals like a quieter fan.
It's very basic looking. Basically just a flat box with a disc slot. It's not ugly, but lacks some of that design chiq that Sony is known for.
How this factors into the whole "Neo" business is another thing entirely. Is this the console that is rumored to release in October, with Neo actually pushed out to next year? Good for Sony though, keeping competitive with the brand and giving even more reasons to adopt this gen.
Too many new things is making my head hurt. I mean, it looks OK I guess, but my thought is, what it really needed?
I personally am OK with it, but that 500GB does need to be bigger. However, I think Sony kept it due to pricing reasons, since this will be the "budget" PS4, while the PS4 Neo will be the premium one.
I most likely won't get one since the PS4 Neo, PSVR will mean I'll be eating paper plates for a month or two to afford 'em.
That said, if Sony can price this very well (say, $250?), then it could corral more players and just flat out dominate this generation...if isn't already.
One of my favorite things about the PlayStation 4 is just how slim it already is. I don't really see the need of a "PS4 Slimmer", and I think the new design is pretty ugly.
Hopefully this console doesn't confuse the marketing surrounding the upcoming Neo, as I know that's been an issue for Microsoft and the Xbox One S/Project Scorpio.