The PlayStation 4 Slim was announced today at the PlayStation Meeting and, as Sony revealed, it will be available from September 15 in North America, Europe, and Japan. Replacing the current PS4 model, the slimmer PS4 includes a 500GB HDD and is priced at $299 USD/$379 CAD€299/£259/29,980 yen. There will also be a 1TB PS4 Slim in Japan for 34,980 yen, while prices for other regions weren’t given.
Compared to the previous PS4 models, the PS4 Slim has had its internal architecture revamped, “reducing its volume by more than 30% compared to the previous models and reducing its weight by 25% and 16% compared to the first (CUH-1000 series) and current (CUH-1200 series) models, respectively.” The PS4 Slim is also more energy efficient, reducing power consumption by more than 34% and 28% compared to the 1000 and 1200 series models, respectively.
Here’s what Sony says about the new PS4’s look:
The form factor of the new system inherits the slanted body design of the previous models, with the foreside and backside of its body slightly angled. The corners are trimmed and curved, giving it a softer impression that would appeal to a wider range of audience. The new simple look, with gloss finished PS family mark designed on the center of the top surface, will fit perfectly wherever it is placed.
And here’s the full list of PS4 Slim specs (CUH-2000 series):
Compared to the upcoming PS4 Pro, the slimmer PS4 is 1.2kg lighter, is 16mm shorter, doesn’t include an optical port, and includes one less USB port.
Next week, Sony will release a system update for all PS4 models that adds support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) image technology, “which enables the reproduction of brightness and darkness while realizing a much wider range of colors.” If you own an HDR-compatible TV, you’ll be able to watch supported games and other media with visuals that are “more realistic, strikingly vivid and truer to the way the human eye sees the real world.”
Here's the PS4 Slim Specs & Official Images