The PS4 Slim represents the new standard PlayStation 4 console. It’s a hardware revamp that incorporates a makeover of both console and controller.
About the product
- All new lighter slimmer PS4
- 1TB hard drive
- All the greatest, games, TV, music and more
The all new lighter and slimmer PlayStation4 system has a 1TB hard drive for all of the greatest games, TV, music and more. Incredible Games You’ve come to the right place. Exclusive games take you on incredible journeys, from critically acclaimed indies to award-winning AAA hits. Endless Entertainment Something new and amazing is always in reach. Find what you’re looking for and get it at the touch of a button via PlayStation entertainment options like PlayStation Vue and more. Connect your controller to your PS4 system with the USB cable: To charge your controller when in rest mode, you must first checkmark the [Supply Power to USB Ports] option in (Settings)> [Power Saving Settings] > [Set Functions Available in Rest Mode].
Vibrant HDR gaming
HDR-enabled PS4 games burst into life with incredible colour and clarity on an HDR TV, delivering a more vibrant, realistic spectrum of colours.
500GB or 1TB models
Store your games, apps, screenshots and videos with 500GB and 1TB models – slimmer and lighter than the original PS4 model and available in Jet Black, Glacier White and stunning Gold and Silver.
Sony’s removed the beam of light running atop the console, leaving the slim with a simple matte black top and small PS4 logo. I always found the light bar on the console to be a massive eyesore and an outright annoyance when playing games with the lights off – which is why I’m happy Sony’s ditched it.
On the back of the unit we have all the same ports – HDMI, power, aux for the PlayStation Camera and Ethernet – but the optical output has been scrapped. This is presumably because Sony reckons most mid-range-and-above TVs have optical ports built in, but anybody who’s using the output on their current PS4 will have to rethink their home cinema setup.
The touchpad is also now translucent at the top to allow a slither of light to pass through from the lightbar on the back of the controller. The tweak makes it easier for players to see which colour they are in multiplayer matches, but also lights some of the lightbar effects to be seen by those holding the controller. Considering the initial disdain for the light bar in the first place, it feels like a strange thing to include, and not something many players were screaming out for. It may, however, find greater use in the weeks and months to come, via the impending launch of PSVR.
The slim PS4 has the exact same specifications and offers the same performance as the original PS4. It is, however, noticeably quieter.
The constant whine of the machine is present whether I’m playing a game from a disc or the hard drive, or when I’m simply streaming Netflix. However, this new PS4 is absolutely whisper-quiet.