At this rate, Sony had better drop some goodwill bombs at PSX this year. PS1 BC. PSNow free with PS+. Free VR games with PS+ every month. Rocket League and other games are now cross-console compatible online with Xbox One and PC. The PS4 Pro dispenses chocolate frozen custard. Battlefront is getting forced preloaded onto Lassie’s console. Something. Anything to offset this junk.
Ignoring the Pro’s Blu-ray drive, at least the new consoles are improvements.
Overall, we’ve only had a very short amount of time with the revised PlayStation 4 so far and we’re eager to hammer down the results once we have a system in the office, but the outlook is very promising. The console is smaller and more discrete, but this hasn’t resulted in any kind of noticeable compromise to system performance. The key litmus test is this: given the choice between a brand new PS4 Slim and the existing CUH-1200 model, which one would I pick? Well, based on the couple of hours spent with the new hardware, it’s a no-brainer - the new PS4 is a winner. Fundamentally, it addresses one of the weakest points of the current generation PlayStation 4 - the noise level: it appears to be significantly quieter in many scenarios. In fact, in the tests we ran using digital content (ie no BD drive noise), it’s up there with the original Xbox One and marginally quieter than the Xbox One S. We’ll update with more metrics once we have the hardware in hand, but right now, this tidy little unit looks like a really impressive revision.