A Playstation 4 Slim console has been rumored to be developing alongside the Playstation 4 Neo, the upgraded Playstation 4 console that will be able to run games at 4K resolution. The rumor came from more rumors that the Playstation 4 Neo and a Slim version of the Playstation 4 would be finally unveiled at the Tokyo Game Show later this year.
The rumor about the Playstation 4 Slim came from Sony analyst Takashi Mochizuki, but so far Sony hasn’t said anything else to confirm yet another version of the Playstation 4.
Microsoft kicked off its E3 conference this year with two new console announcements. They announced the Xbox One Scorpio (its equivalent to the Playstation 4 Neo) and the Xbox One Slim, a slimmed-down, cheaper version of the Xbox One. If the rumors about the Playstation 4 Slim are true, both companies could be copying one another’s own ideas.
The Playstation 3 had a Slim model back during its own run on the console market, alongside the Xbox 360 Slim. The two consoles were released in 2009 and 2010, respectively. Previous Slim versions of both consoles have been smaller and cheaper than their regular counterparts.
If the rumors about the Playstation 4 Slim are true, there will once again be three different versions of both an Xbox console and a Playstation console on the market at the same time. As early as 2012, just before the Playstation 4 and Xbox One came out, both Microsoft and Sony each put out one last version of the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3: the Xbox 360 E, and the Playstation 3 “super slim” mode.
Whether Mochizuki’s rumors are valid or not, Sony officially announcing two other consoles to compete with Microsoft is a surefire way to drum up competition between them both and start up the console wars all over again.
Either way since it’s only a rumor, we’ll have to wait until the Tokyo Game Show to find out for sure.