It’s been three years since Sony launched the PlayStation 4, and we have gotten three variations of the hardware, namely the PS4 Slim, PlayStation VR, and most recently, the 4K capable PS4 Pro. Console developers usually release two variants of their gaming systems in each generation, the bulky version, and the slim edition, but Sony might go one and above with a super slim edition of the PS4. This is just a rumor reported by tech site DigiTimes, but regardless of how valid the report was, it begs the question: do we actually need a super slim version of the PlayStation 4?
One of the major aspects of the PS4 Slim is its minimalistic design (duh), as it boasts a 30% smaller and 16% lighter build than its bulky predecessor. Despite the toned down size, the device still boasts the same processing power as the original PS4, with a 1.6GHz eight-core processor, 8GB of GDDR5 RAM at 176 GB/s, and 1.84 teraflop AMD Radeon GPU at 800MHz. There are no major overheating issues either, which was one of the major concerns before the release of the PS4 Slim, since this problem was prevalent in the slim edition of PlayStation 3. Not to mention that Sony has decreased power consumption in the PS4 Slim by 28%, which will slightly spare our wallets when the electric bill comes. So all in fairness, it seems that Sony has created the best version of the original PS4 at this point in time.
With that said, having a super slim PS4 might result in cheap deals for the console, but affordability is not that of a major concern now as compared to the PlayStation 4’s launch in 2014. Sony has made a considerable effort to introduce an attractive price point for the PS4 Slim, especially during holiday or seasonal sales, which culminated to sales figure breaking the 50 million mark. Almost every working class citizens gamers can afford a console now, so introducing an even slimmer PS4 with the prospect of having a low price point won’t affect the dynamic too much. And Sony might even suffer losses if they do make a slimmer console, unless there are tons of non-console owners that can make up the numbers.
In conclusion, I personally believe that we don’t need a super slim version of the PS4, just because the PS4 Slim has fully accomplished what it intended to be, which is an economical version of its bulky predecessor in terms of design and price, yet it still runs with the same processing power. Even if you are planning to own a PS4 in the near future and you don’t know whether to sit out on this rumor to materialize, it’s highly recommendable for you to get the PS4 Slim instead. What is there to complain about when you have a sleeker design, an attractive price point, and most importantly, a library of quality exclusive games to spend time with?