When can we expect the PS4 Slim? How slim will it be? (Including some history)

There’s something to be said about stair-stepping development, especially when it comes to consumer entertainment-related goods.  Even in the days before digital electronics you’d see a company release a product only to either revise or overhaul the entire design a short time later in order to make it smaller, sturdier or perhaps more efficient.  In this respect things haven’t really changed all that much in terms of the way business is done; after all, people still want to get the maximum bang for their buck and will always be interested in design improvements for some of their favorite devices.

The various PlayStation consoles are certainly not immune to this phenomenon; in fact, they’re perhaps a shining example of an evolving product line.  However, the PlayStation franchise isn’t just developing in terms of its iterations (meaning its major console releases) it’s also always moving forward on an individual basis as well.  For example, each and every console that’s been released thus far, including the Vita, PS1, PS2, and PS3 has been upgraded and “slimmed down” around 4 years or so after the unveiling of their “mach 1” models.

PS4-Slim-1Why does Sony put such effort into altering their basic console designs, especially when they’re incredibly successful as is, you ask?  Simply put, Sony is the sort of corporation that loves to keep improving and tweaking their product line.  Now, for some businesses, the notion of re-releasing a mega-successful consumer electronics device just because you’ve made some improvements might seem like a bad or even slightly dangerous idea.  Not for Sony though; they’ve been able to create gaming consoles which not only have staying power, sometimes remaining relevant for years beyond what anyone thought possible (i.e. – the PS2), but also “value”.  In other words, just when the sales of one of their consoles starts to drop a bit after a few years they tend to do a complete redesign, packaging the new unit as a “slim” model (and please pardon the pun, but who doesn’t like “slim models”, eh?).

Anyway, before we start to dissect the information that’s floating around about a potential PS4 slim model, let’s take a trip down memory lane and identify some of the distinguishing characteristics of previous slim designs.  Six years after the original PlayStation was released, the PSone hit store shelves (and in tandem with that of the PS2 as well).  This newly redesigned console was not only significantly smaller and lighter than its predecessor; it also managed to outsell the PS2 that year.

Eventually the PS2 eclipsed the PS1 in sales and even went on to become what many consider to be the most popular and successful video game console in history (up to this point, anyway).  But don’t think for a second that Sony wouldn’t apply their very successful strategy toward the PS2 as they have with the PS1 – 4 years after the release of the PS2, the PS2 Slimline was released.  In short, the slimline model is basically a major improvement in almost every way imaginable, it’s smaller, quieter, lighter and even featured an integrated modem.  It was a definitive improvement over their previous model, to be sure.

Of course everything changed once again when the high-powered PS3 rocked the gaming world with its 7th generation graphics.  The original PS3, while still appealing and sleek, was a tad bit bulky and perhaps lax in terms of its offered hard drive space.  The redesigned PS3 slim model, which came only a short 3 years after the initial release, improved upon certain facets.  The PS3 Slim was 33% smaller, 36% lighter and of course, tended to consume 34% to 45% less power.  By all measured accounts, this new rebranded console was a staggering improvement over the launch day model.  In fact, it’s often touted that the PS3 slim sold over 1 million units in its first 3 weeks after being released.

PS4-Slim-2This of course brings us to the main event, which is the PS4 and its concurrent slim model which fans are already creating photoshopped mock-ups for.  Needless to say, all signs point toward the PS4 slim being even smaller than many might be expecting.  Moreover, aside from the drop in size, we’ll likely also see the obligatory plunge in price as well.  If you follow the slim model release trend which is stated above, you’ll notice right away that we it would seem that releases are becoming more exaggerated.  For instance, while the PS2 slimline model hit the store shelves 4 years after the initial launch, the PS3 slim model came in just 3 years.  In other words, it’s probably safe to assume that we will see the PS4 slim dropping in (or under) 3 years.  Of course this is all pure speculation, but you’re likely to see the PS4 design shrink considerably while dropping in price and perhaps even adding a new feature here or there.  In fact, a lot of people are so “amped up” about a potential PS4 slim that they’re willing to wait for it!   So, just how small, you ask?  At least as tiny as the PS3 slim, but maybe even smaller…

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Unless you live in NYC, do you really need a slim device? I guess it looks chic, but I can’t imagine it being that much nicer. Maybe I’m wrong.

The slim system would look stylish on my bookshelf. I live in CT and space is $$$!

Slim system can easily bring to friend house 😀

I’ve never been one to invest in a consoles first release, i think of it this way, by the time the slim(s) comes around all the bugs will be worked out, it’ll be cheaper, probably more HD space and well… it’ll be slimmer, worth holding off on investing? in my opinion, i think so, and lets get real, Sony already has a slim model worked out and ready to be mass produced, why make the best thing first when you can make that much more $$$ by releasing its fat brother? In the end, it’s the business of making money… Read more »

Sony is the king and they have that kind of staying power that Apple does. They can completely re-invent something and there will be crowds of people lined up for it. Look at their past history.

I dont care about how it looks, i will wait to the slim version just because they fix all the major hardware bugs with them

I will def wait for ps4 slim no bugs no f ups no bs plus price drop can’t beat that ppl say to me ur not gettin the ps4 wen it comes out n they called me retarded saying ur going to miss out on all the fun that everyone else will be having… U mean snobby ass rich kids 5-10 year olds screaming at thier parents so they’ll buy them one for Xmas don’t forget another $200 on top of the $400 ull already be paying he’s guna want a cpl games $127 rite there n another controller $65… Read more »

The PS4 slim will look really awesome! I Can’t wait for it!

All you lot talking about waiting till the ps4 comes out might as well start talking about the ps5 the ps4 only come out November good luck waiting till 2017 for the slim ps4 and thats even if they make a slim version its hard enough all that next gen is cramped in atm seen the size difference from xbox one and ps4 xbox one is like a block ps4 is actually smaller than the ps3s first slim your talking about a slim when the original has only been released really all I can say is good luck to you… Read more »

LOL, I will even surprise if they can make even more slimier, LMFAO…xD

see ……………im not gonna lie… i paid 600 hundred dollers for my ps4 from BEST BUY……I GOT the system AND any free game i wanted so picked an expensive 1 and i got a 3 year plan were if ANYTHING FUCKES UP THEY HAVE TO REPLACE IV ALREADY TOOK BACK 2 CONTROLLERS ….over scratches …just because i can …BUT HONESTLY thinking about the PS4 slim KINDA FRIGHTENS ME cuz all the money i PUT in and what if a new SYSTEM comes out soon …AND THEN IM STUCK WITH THIS …………..BUT im extremely HAPPY with my PS4