THE PS4 SLIM is definitely real and is currently sitting under a lucky Gumtree user's telly. That's his story, anyway, and he's sticking to it.
Twitter user shortman82 began piping up yesterday that the PS4 Slim, a 500GB version in a 'Jet Black' colour, was up for sale in his local classifieds, and soon he and NeoGAF user Venom Fox were posting photos of the machine on TV stands, sitting on top of the original PS4, and from various angles.
Sony is widely expected to announce the PS4 Slim at an event on 7 September, when it will also formally unveil a more powerful PS4 codenamed Neo.
Microsoft announced the Xbox One S, which is now available at retail, earlier this year at E3 as well as its own super-powered VR-ready Xbox One currently dubbed Project Scorpio.
But we've got a few problems with this PS4 Slim that seems to have slipped out into the wild. For a start, the box shot shows nothing differentiating the PS4 Slim from the vanilla PS4. We would expect some kind of Slim branding, surely?
Secondly, try as they might, nobody on Twitter can get our chum shortman82 to show a picture of the console even powered on, let alone actually doing anything.
@shortmaneighty2 Just power it on ffs. You have tons of people asking. Jesus.— VenomFox (@LeeviJenkins) August 21, 2016
@shortmaneighty2 Can't be difficult to just show it powered on. Just want to see the light. Love the LED strip on the og.
— NewsOnly84 (@NewsOnly84) August 21, 2016
@shortmaneighty2 or instead of taking it apart, you can show proof of it functioning by turning it on?— SHAZOW (@SHAZ0W) August 21, 2016
Meanwhile, the clamour to see the machine even with a simple ‘power on' light, or better yet a video of it booting, became almost deafening.
But all we got was a promise that shortman82 is "currently arranging for someone to do a full breakdown and video/pictures", followed by silence.
It has to be said that nobody needs a breakdown, just proof of start up.
Finally, to be quite frank, the thing looks hideous. The plastic looks like something an amateur threw out of a 3D printer cheaply and nastily, the corners are a little too rounded, and the little logo feet are strange and off-putting. If Sony did put this together, it's not the firm's finest hour.
Until we see it working, or until Sony announces something, whichever comes first, it seems sensible to take all these claims with a veritable mountain of salt. µ
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