Report: A revised DualShock 4 will ship with slimmer PS4

Findings point to a PS4 'Slim' being developed alongside PS4 'Neo.'


Backing up a recent report that Sony plans to unveil a sleeker PS4 in addition to its long-rumored Neo hardware upgrade, Twitter user shortmaneighty2 posted photos of a revised DualShock 4 controller that will ship with PS4 "Slim" (via Polygon).

Take a gander at the photo (courtesy of shortmaneighty2) and you'll notice that the light bar resides on the front of the controller, above the touchpad.

If you missed the hubbub over the PS4 "Slim" leak, shortmaneighty2 scored the console from a Gumtree auction—thank eBay, but for the UK. Eurogamer was among the first outlets to publish the report; being based in the UK, the outlet sent one of its editors to the buyer's house and confirmed the slimmer PS4's existence.

Sony could be gearing up to officially reveal the slim PS4 and its Neo upgrade to standard PS4 hardware at next month's PlayStation Meeting.

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    August 24, 2016 2:05 PM

    David Craddock posted a new article, Report: Sony working on a slimmer PS4

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      August 24, 2016 4:24 PM

      What? A slimmer ds4? Or a slimmer slim ps4?

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      August 24, 2016 7:38 PM

      So I guess consoles are going to start following the smart phone example and release a mid-life "S" model? It actually makes some kind of sense if they improve the hardware too (not just making it thinner), but only if they make the base models upgradable so it doesn't start fragmenting the players.

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        August 24, 2016 7:40 PM

        start? they have been doing this for years

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          August 24, 2016 7:41 PM

          Wait what? Lol I must be super out of the loop then.

          What did the mid-life 360 and ps3 models upgrade?

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            August 24, 2016 7:41 PM

            hell i remember it as far back as the ps2

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                August 24, 2016 7:45 PM

                Well fuck then, I'm a dumbass.

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                  August 24, 2016 7:51 PM

                  Well, the history is more nuanced than "start following the smart phone" model. Even the NES and SNES got official redesigns. But outside of Sega's infamous 32x and SegaCD (the latter of which also got a redesign), performance upgrades were not really a thing.

                  So when you say "mid-life S model," I think of the iPhone S releases which did improve the performance with upgraded internals.

                  That both MSFT and SNE are throwing in big with the performance upgrade concept is pretty new.

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                    August 24, 2016 7:54 PM

                    Although the N64's 4MB RAM pak is an interesting wrinkle!

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                      August 24, 2016 7:55 PM

                      Is that the pack you stuck in the front? Came with Donkey Kong 64? That kind of thing makes sense to me though because anyone can get it without getting a whole new console.

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                  August 24, 2016 8:26 PM

                  There were also three versions of the PS3

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              August 24, 2016 9:45 PM


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      August 24, 2016 9:52 PM

      Crossing fingers for longer battery life

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      August 25, 2016 8:19 AM

      Thank eBay, indeed.

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