New information has surfaced for what's being called the PS4 Slim. Over the weekend images began leaking online from someone who supposedly purchased the game console from Gumtree. The console has supposedly been confirmed to be real and an announcement is imminent.
According to Engadget, the PlayStation 4 Slim is not a 3D printed hoax like those previous images that surfaced of the Nintendo NX, which were 3D renders turned physical courtesy of a 3D printer. The Nintendo NX's oval-shaped wireless touchscreen turned out to be fake.
In this case, reports are coming in that indicate that the PS4 Slim is indeed real, and even more than that there's actual video footage of the device. Eurogamer's Richard Leadbetter from Digital Foundry managed to meet with the individual who purchased the new slimmed down PlayStation 4 and capture footage of it turning on. You can see the minute long video below.
[*Update: *The video has been made private and is unavailable for viewing at this time]
If you can't watch the video right now, basically it only shows the boot-up of the PlayStation 4 Slim that leads to the dashboard menu. The menu does work, by the way.
Beyond that, there isn't much else on display in the video other than proof that the system is real and that it isn't a 3D printed hoax, which is something they bring up in the video.
There have been some hoaxes created using those 3D printers, as mentioned early in the article, so quite naturally when the images of the PS4 Slim started popping up on Twitter ahead of any official announcement from Sony or any official retail notifications about the device, it led a lot of people to believe that the whole thing was put together by someone looking to pull a fast one on the internet.
According to Engadget, however, this leak could have happened as part of an upcoming announcement due to go live next month in September. There are rumors that on September 7th Sony will host a special event where they're expected to officially announce the PlayStation 4 Slim and the PlayStation 4 Neo.
The PS4 Slim will only be a smaller version of the current PS4 unit. It will not be an upgrade. It's also expected to be cheaper than the current SKU in order to compete with the cheaper Xbox One S unit currently on the market. For the first time this gen, Sony is appearing to play catch-up to the Xbox One.
Comparatively, though, the Xbox One S would have a leg-up on the PS4 Slim because it offers 4K media playback and 4K upscaling, something that will only be present in the PS4 Neo.
Pricing and availability have not been revealed yet, but Eurogamer plans to roll out more details as soon as possible. I'm pretty sure that Digital Foundry's Richard Leadbetter would love to run the PS4 Slim through the frame-rate tests and performance benchmarks. We'll have to wait patiently for more info to surface, though.