Following our story this morning on images of a slim version of the PlayStation 4 had already begun to appear online, a report has now surfaced indicating that Sony will officially unveil refresh of the standard PS4 console at their PlayStation Theatre event on September 7.
The Wall Street Journal (paywalled) has reported that “people familiar with the matter” have confirmed that a new model of the PS4, along with the upcoming PlayStation Neo, will be shown off in the coming weeks.
The move is reportedly a bid to sustain demand for the platform. Microsoft has been well behind Sony in terms of unit sales so far this generation, but the Xbox One outsold the PlayStation in the United States last month and current expectations have placed Project Scorpio, Microsoft’s console for 4K gaming and VR, as more powerful than Sony’s upcoming PlayStation Neo.
Damian Thong, an analyst at Macquarie Securities, is quoted as saying that the slim revision of the PS4 would be cheaper than the existing model. The news also comes ahead of Sony’s launch of PlayStation VR in October.
When contacted for comment, a Sony Interactive Entertainment spokesperson replied with the following: “Sony Interactive Entertainment does not comment on rumour or speculation.”
Update: Story and headline have been amended slightly for clarity and to closer reflect the original report.