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PlayStation 4 Slim and PlayStation 4 Neo release date: PS4 consoles to unveil on September 7

Japanese consumer electronics giant Sony has an event scheduled for September 7th, where it is expected to announce the rumored upgraded version of its PlayStation 4 console. Several reports suggest that the company is prepping two new versions, a redesigned standard PS4 model along with a high-end version dubbed as the PlayStation 4 Neo. According to Wall Street Journal, the standard model of the PS4 will be slimmer and lighter compared to the current PS4 model. It is also expected to cost lower, and should be priced below $350( approx. Rs 23,495). The slimmer PS4 will compete with the redesigned Xbox One S when it launches.

Leaked images of the slimmer PS4 earlier surfaced on the Web, which were spotted in an online auction but now have been removed. Though what goes up on the web, stays on the web.

And going by the leaked images, the redesigned PS4 is a bit smaller than the one originally launched in terms of dimensions. But it appears much thinner. And unlike the dual-tone matte/glossy finish of the original, the upcoming model gets a matte finish everywhere except the sides and PlayStation logo on top. While the back of the leaked PS4 Slim box clearly suggests that the upcoming console would be compatible with the PlayStation VR.

In addition, the upcoming PS4 Slim may come bundled with a slightly redesigned DualShock 4 controller. For instance, the controller’s light bar is visible through the front touchpad, which allows users’ to see the color of the light bar more easily. Besides, there are minuscule changes made to the analog sticks, the D-Pad, along with the four buttons. They appear to be more classic grey than black, while the small panels around the D-Pad and the buttons get a matte finish that look more consistent with the overall colour scheme.

It is expected to come with a standard 500GB hard drive since it would be a budget friendly option next to the high-end PlayStation 4 Neo, which has been in the news for quite some time now.  Back in June, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Andrew House officially confirmed that an upgraded PS4 is in the works, adding that it’ll have improved support for 4K resolution displays along with better graphics.

“All games will support the standard PS4, and we anticipate all or a very large majority of games will also support the high-end PS4,” House said. Both versions will also be compatible with the PlayStation VR headset, which is planned for release in October.

However, he denied commenting on the price or an exact release date for the consoles. Though, we’ll know more about the these upgraded PlayStation 4 models at an event scheduled for September 7.