PlayStation Neo, PS4 Slim Release Date & Latest News: September 2016 Simultaneous Launch Expected; Everything We Know So Far

By V Doctor , Updated Aug 23, 2016 05:17 AM EDT
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The rumors that have been circulating are real. The PS4 Slim and PlayStation Neo will be out pretty soon and will reportedly be revealed at the Playstation Meeting. They are believed to be launched a week later on September 14.

Trusted Reviews reports a listing on Gumtree, which reveals that the PS4 Slim and the PS4 Neo are set to be launched in the near future. A seller from Manchester has listed what looks like a PS4 Slim and it looks very real. However, very little is known about the two models. Whether these are alternate models or if they will replace the current PS4 in the market will be revealed soon.

The PS4 Slim appears to have a hard drive bay on the left side, which suggests that it can be detached and upgraded with ease. The Power and Eject buttons also appear more distinct, which makes it easier to tell where the buttons are.

A report by Extreme Tech says that the PlayStation Neo is also called the "PS4.5." It is also reported that Sony will be rigidly enforcing backward compatibility requirements for this new console. However, the games cannot include all modes of play of features that are specific to the PlayStation Neo, although game developers are allowed to improve existing capabilities for the new platform.

It is also reported that this new console from Sony will feature eight AMD "Jaguar" CPU cores which are clocked at 2.1GHz. This is an improvement from the previous one by 31 percent. It also features a Polaris derived GPU with double capacity and a higher clock frequency. It also has 218GB/s of memory bandwidth, which is a big step from its previous 176GB/s.

While the features appear blown up to huge proportions, it does not actually say anything yet about the actual gaming performance. While PCs and consoles have a number of differences as to how they run, there should be similar performance when comparing their processors. It is not yet definite if the PS4 Neo will be way faster than its predecessor since both platforms perform differently.

There is still no confirmation as to price. With its powerful specs and marketability, these new additions to the PlayStation family could easily (and arguably) beat Microsoft's upcoming Xbox One S.

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