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Xbox One S Vs PS4 Slim (What We Know So Far)

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Microsoft and Sony are both working on projects far bigger than the slim lined versions of their current generation consoles, with Project Scorpio and the Neo arriving later in 2017. However news has come to light recently regarding a PS4 slim which is supposedly rumoured to be a competitor to the already popular Xbox One Slim that was announced earlier this year in E3. So, what do we already know about both consoles?

Xbox One Slim

The Xbox One Slim is a pretty big hardware refresh from it’s predecessor, and is said to be the most compact Xbox ever made, allowing users the ability to use a 2TB hard drive ahead of the current 1TB and 500GB versions. Size wise it is said to be around 40% smaller than the current Xbox One and it will have native 4K support with improved HDR visuals and other important tweaks to the original model – one of which is an unadvertised performance boost to a selection of games, courtesy of its improved GPU says Microsoft’s Albert Penello, senior director of product management and planning,

“Some games (ones that utilise dynamic resolution and/or unlocked frame-rates) may see a very minor performance improvement … our testing internally has shown this to be pretty minor, and is only measurable on certain games, so we didn’t want to make it a ‘selling point’ for the new console.”

Additionally, the new things to take note of in the Xbox One Slim are:

  • 40% smaller form factor with a new colour scheme being that of “robot white” – hopefully making another black console also?
  • HDR visuals for supported games and video, additional 4K video support for blu-ray, applications and movies with 4K game upscaling too
  • Performance boost with the improved GPU, with up to 9 additional frames-per-second on some games.
  • Revamped Xbox Wireless Console design and connection (bluetooth)
  • Optional vertical stand to allow console to be stood upright
  • Scrapping touch sensitive power button on console, making it physical instead
  • Device pairing button as well as 3 USB ports on the front of device
  • 2TB storage support
  • IR Blaster on device, allows you to turn on devices like a TV without a remote

It must be noted though, that the Xbox One S will no longer have a Kinect port however existing users will still be able to use it through an external adapter and the external power brick is now inside the console. All existing Xbox One games, apps and already backwards compatible games will still be supported as well as any peripherals.

With regards to the performance boost, Phil Spencer said the following,

“I don’t want anybody to think [Xbox One S offers] a performance boost for Xbox One games. That’s why we said HDR on-screen, and that’s what we want to be explicit about. Outside of that, you should expect your Xbox One games to run exactly the same.”

The Xbox One S is available in three models, releasing in waves starting August 2:

  • 2TB Launch Edition (includes Xbox One S Vertical Stand) for £349 / €399 / $399, releasing August 2
  • 1TB edition for £299 / €349 / $349 (Xbox One S vertical stand sold separately for $20), bundled with Madden NFL 17 (North America only) or Halo 5 and Halo: The Master Chief Collection, releasing August 23
  • 500GB edition for £249 / €299 / $299 (Xbox One S vertical stand sold separately for $20), bundled with Halo 5 and Halo: The Master Chief Collection, releasing August 23

PlayStation 4 Slim

While many are sticking to the idea that this recently leaked console is fake, those who are hoping it is real have every right to be in that state of mind. The console popped up on Gumtree, a UK auctioning site for £295. We’re unsure if the console is real, but the pictures seem hard to have faked. I wouldn’t be surprised if Sony released a slim version to battle the Xbox One S. We can confirm though, that the PS4 Slim will not have 4K or HDR support (something the competing console does have).

Immediately we can see that the console on top (PS4 Slim) is significantly smaller with a more rounded approach than the sharp, edged current generation PS4.

The biggest change is the top part, which looks to have been halved in size. Usually the hard drive is placed on the right hand side of the console which is where it is located on the current generation. The buttons, like the latest model are physical and there are two USB slots on the front beside the CD drive.

So, it seems to come with a standard, unchanged DualShock 4 controller and all the regular accessories such as a HDMI cable, MicroUSB charging cable, earphones (with microphone), power cable and the manual.

The bottom is nice and unique, using the X, Triangle, Square and Circle on the bottom with a PS logo in the centre. The back has a HDMI port, an additional USB port with an ethernet and power port – nothing new here.

(Images from NeoGAF)

The PS4 Slim seems to have a decent size in comparison to the Xbox One S, however I’m not a huge fan of the rounded edges they’ve opted for instead. The PS4 Slim is reported to be releasing September 14th.


We’ll update you as soon as we know more information, so stick around on the site and this article. Remember to follow us on Twitter for regular around the clock updates. What do you think about the news? Do you think the images are legitimate? Do you think the console is fake? Let us know down below in the comments!

Luke
  • Sticky Notes

    “The PS4 Slim seems to have a decent size in comparison to the Xbox One S”
    Its hard to trust you if you don’t know that the current PS4 is also smaller than the Xbox One S.

    • Psn Merc

      Yep it is. Everyone should know this. PS4 OG still smaller than Xbox One S.

      • shinningserpent

        No it’s not dumbasses.

      • Bobby Griffin

        Size doesn’t matter. It’s a joke

  • KUNA

    biased much?

  • KUNA

    you forgot to say, no good exclusives for the xbox…

    • shinningserpent

      It hurts the PlayStation slim is a piece of shit.

      • KUNA

        yeah the piece of shit with the BEST games you faggot

    • Bobby Griffin

      Xbox have 4 great exclusives coming in the next 2 months and Sony has zero or they do have no man sky lol . Stop hating

      • angh

        apart of anything else, there is a lot of ps4 exclusives coming out 2nd part of 2016, including GT Sport, The Last Guardian, Tales of Beseria, Persona 5 (jp) to show just a few.
        And difference is, I can’t play them on PC. Those 4 games coming on xbox one I can get on my PC, so they are hardly exclusive.
        You can check gematsu complete list of titles on both platform to get a better view.

      • KUNA

        none are exclusives, all play better on a pc

  • Bobby Griffin

    No uhd blu ray or hdr Sony is dead on arrival with the slim

    • 1up

      Actually this a great move by Sony, no 4k because lets face it, not many people have a 4k TV hence you are looking at a cheaper hardware. Once again Sony outsmarts MS.

      • Joshua Chung

        Actually not a smart move by sony. The industry does ripple effect sales. Booth Sony and Microsoft know that by the end if next yr about 40-50% of Americans will have a 4ktv, in the next 2-3yrs 1080p will be what 720p is now. Also Sony included all 4ktvs ( atleastlast yes and January on ups models) have had about a 20-30% slash in price. I go to Walmart almost twice a week and you can buy a 42inch 4k vizio for $389. The xbone s starts at $249 with 4k and HDR. U really think your going 2get a ps4 slim for less than that?. Your gonna get less hardware upgrades for the same price or maybe, and this is a big maybe 40-50 bucks cheaper. 4k bluray players are about 200 and up, so u do the math.

  • Aenea

    How on earth can you say “We’re unsure if the console is real, but the pictures seem hard to have faked. I wouldn’t be surprised if Sony released a slim version to battle the Xbox One S.”

    and then continue with “We can confirm though, that the PS4 Slim will not have 4K or HDR support”

    ?????

    How can you confirm a feature of a device that you’re not even sure off is real and/or is coming out?

    And how did you even ‘confirm’ this? By looking at the pictures? You know that doesn’t mean anything, right? You can’t tell the X1S has those features by looking at pictures of it either…

    Not saying it will have these features since I really do not know, but it’s hilarious that you somehow feel you’ve confirmed it!!!

    • ThisGenGaming

      It’s all proven to be real now.

      • Aenea

        Source please??

        And I’m not questioning that there is a Slim model coming, I’m questioning your “We can confirm though, that the PS4 Slim will not have 4K or HDR support”

      • Aenea

        Still no reply from you to explain how you could confirm something without even having it yourself or, as at the time of writing the article, you even weren’t sure it was real…

        Next time use different wording instead of confirm, because confirm suggests you have actual hard evidence which you did not…