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Sony’s answer to the Xbox One S expected to launch in September

June 30th, 2016 at 6:30 PM
PS4 Slim Release Date Rumor

One of the biggest surprises of E3 2016 was the lack of new hardware on display. Although Microsoft used its press conference to unveil both the Xbox One S and Project Scorpio, Nintendo and Sony decided to save their hardware announcements for a later date. There’s no telling how long we’ll have to wait to see the NX, but it sounds like we might only be a few months out from a PS4 Slim.

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In a story about Sony’s profitability for The Wall Street Journal, writers Takashi Mochizuki and Yuka Koshino noted the success of the company’s video game business. Despite the fact that image-sensor sales are down, Sony believes that its PlayStation division could end up generating revenue of up to half a trillion yen more than projected by the end of the fiscal year in March 2018.

This spike would be fueled by a lineup of highly-anticipated games and the launch of multiple new models of the PlayStation 4 — an upgraded console with support for 4K gaming a slim console to compete with the Xbox One S.

Sony has already announced the upgraded console, which it called a “high-end PS4,” but we’ve yet to hear any official word on a slim version of the PS4. Macquarie Securities analyst Damian Thong believes that both the high-end console and the slim console could be released in September during the Tokyo Game Show.

Having released slim versions of the PS2 and PS3, it wouldn’t exactly be a shock to see Sony continue the tradition with the PS4. And although E3 might have seemed like a perfect opportunity to launch a PS4 Slim, the new model simply might not have been ready for primetime in June.

Jacob started covering video games and technology in college as a hobby, but it quickly became clear to him that this was what he wanted to do for a living. He currently resides in New York writing for BGR. His previously published work can be found on TechHive, VentureBeat and Game Rant.




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