3 Reasons Why PS4 Slim Won’t Have 4K Support and Other Upgrades
Many wonder why Sony PS4 Slim doesn’t come with 4K support or any other extra features. Here are a few points to answer this.
The PlayStation 4 Slim obviously hasn’t been revealed yet but there’s been so many leaks about this console including leaked photos, unboxing video, and even some initial tests. So we probably know quite a bit about this console, and all this leaked stuff indicates that it’s going to be just a slimmed down version of the PlayStation 4 without any other features.
In other words, you’ve got a smaller console which actually does the same stuff as the PS4 does. So what’s the point of releasing such a console at all? This becomes more confusing especially when the Xbox One S, which is basically Slim as well, comes with new features. These include 4K support, 4K Blu-ray player, and a bit overclocked GPU which obviously allows for a touch of better performance in some games. That might not be a huge deal, but it still comes with some extra features.
While PS4 Slim is not feature-packed, there are actually a couple of points about it. First would be the fact that the PS4 is actually a leading platform right now in the gaming market. It sold almost like twice as many as Xbox One’s and even more if you compare to Nintendo Wii U. This shows that there is already a huge demand for this console and in that respect Sony didn’t really have to do too much to make the Slim even more appealing to customers. Many people will get it anyway for the good brand or whatsoever.
That’s the one thing, the other reason is that the PlayStation 4 Neo is coming shortly and this console is going to be all about new features, better performance and much more. Neo will be at least 2.5 times more powerful than current gen console and will surely come with 4K support. Or, even 4K native gaming you never know.
So right now, PS4 owners or those who don’t own PS4 they may actually be more interested in Neo. In that respect, Sony didn’t really have to make Slim a 4K console because Neo is actually going to be all about it. PS4 Slim being 4K means making a sort of competition for its own platform and that doesn’t make sense.
The third thing is price. Had Sony added all those extra features to PS4 Slim, such as a faster GPU and 4K capabilities, that would have actually increased the cost of production of such a console. We know that the reason behind making a slim version is to pack in smaller chips which are more power efficient that would make the device cost-effective and much cheaper to produce.
This would not only allow the manufacturer, which in this case is Sony, to earn more money but they could also lower the price if they need to do so. Pricing details are not revealed yet but the rumor has it that the Slim might sit at the current price of $350. Some report also suggest that it may be as cheap as $250. But I personally don’t think that is not going to be the case at least this year. Chances are it could drop in price to $250 next year because the components will actually go cheaper by the time.
Considering the above factors, comparing Xbox One S with PS4 Slim doesn’t make that much of a sense. Obviously, these two consoles will compete but they will appeal to a different audience. Right now, the main selling point of the One S is its 4K capabilities, while the PS4 Slim will actually be aimed at those who do not own a console at all, or people who are still using PS3 or Xbox 360.
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