PlayStation 4 gamers are expecting electronics giant Sony to unveil two new versions of the console at a much heralded PR event in New York.
As tension builds for the announcement, the PlayStation community is abuzz with rumours about the company lifting the lid on the PlayStation PS4 Neo – but the PS4 Slim is stirring up even more gossip.
Sony has kept the wraps on the Slim, which was first revealed in a now deleted GumTree post, along with a description of features and images of the new console.
So gamers are now expecting two consoles to be revealed among the razzamatazz of the New York event.
Releasing mid-generation upgrades of consoles at special prices and with discount packages to sweep up Christmas buyers is out of the ordinary in the gaming market.
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Microsoft is already shipping the Xbox One upgrade with special editions and has flagged a new Scorpio console for release in time for Christmas next year.
Now Sony is following suit with a facelift for the PlayStation PS4.
According to the leak, the PS4 Slim is for the budget end of the market, with a 500GB memory, mechanical rather than touch sensitive buttons and a smaller case.
The PS Neo unleashes 4K graphics for PlayStation. Players will have to upgrade TVs to 4K sets or shell out for a PlayStation VR headset.
From September, Sony wants software houses to output 4K enabled games that work equally well on the PS4 and PS4 Neo.
Each game will ship with two modes so players can take full advantage of the improved power and graphic output of the PS Neo.
The bad news is PlayStation Neo will come at a premium, with a higher price tag than the PS4.
PlayStation VR is expected to come a month later than the PS Neo – in October.
The headset is slated as the first mainstream VR device to hit the market. Many in the industry expect Sony to bundle the headset with PS Neo as a Christmas 2016 special.
The headset is likely to have a £350 price tag.
The PS Neo is touted as close to $350 in the States, which generally means a straight currency conversion to £350 in the UK.