Rumor: PS4 Slim Images Leaked, New PSP-Like Device in Production

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A hot new rumor has supposedly given us the first look at a slimmer PlayStation 4 model, as well as a potential PS Vita successor.

The rumor originated from a user on the British classifieds website Gumtree, who offered what looked like an entirely new model of the PlayStation 4.

It didn’t take long for someone to notice it wasn’t a normal-looking PS4, to which the seller was asked to open the box. Here’s what the console looks like:

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Here’s a comparison of the supposedly new unit (pictured below left), alongside the original (pictured below right) PlayStation 4:

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Finally, another rumor (however connected to the PlayStation 4 slim) is claiming a new “PSP-like device” is in production at Chinese manufacturer Foxconn as well. It’s worth mentioning this new device is not confirmed to be in production for Sony.

What do you think of the rumors? Could we be seeing a new, slim PlayStation 4 launch alongside the slightly upgraded PlayStation 4 Neo? Is Sony actually making a successor to the PlayStation Vita? Sound off in the comments below!

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  • Jack

    well, seeing as the vita is fucking dead outside of japan i guess they’re trying again with the PSP thing

  • Heavily Augmented

    I like how pointy the PS4 looked. Why is it so curvy now?

  • Wonder if the PSP thing will be taking concepts from the NX or going its own route.

  • Too many black friday shoppers were using it to stab other shoppers.

  • Alex (ง˘ω˘)ว

    A new psp-like machine? Interesting. I kinda hoped the Vita would have more longevity than this

  • /|/|ichael

    PSP -> Vita -> PSP2

  • sAy_YaS

    Not gonna lie, i kinda like the original PS4 design better than the slim.

  • DDD-kun

    Rumors should crawl into a corner and dry out.

  • chaoguy

    Wonder what amazing launch titles full of lies will come with it?

  • Ashten Strider

    I’d love a Vita successor, the Vita had a ton of amazing games. Maybe this sucessor will get the recognition it deserves :P

  • Ashten Strider

    A lot of PS Vita games do get localized, but it is super niche outside of Japan… Sadly :(

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    “PS Vita successor”
    I give it one year before Sony starts ignoring it.

  • Zeroroute

    Considering Foxconn makes every console and handheld these days it’s more likely to be the nx

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    Ape Escape but it’s a puzzle game.
    New Twisted Metal but it’s cucked to hell and back.
    Sony Pokemon knockoff with a shit load of waifu bait that dies early because Sony don’t know what’s good.
    Crash Bandicoot with the edge turned up to 11 if not a reboot that makes them real people fighting a corporate kingpin so the movie experience Naughty Dog wants to do now.
    God of War game that pisses off people because it’s not the movie experience expected of the new PS4 one and is based in Japan.

  • And a micro SD card slot

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    A card slot that accepts any kind of non-Sony brand card.

  • I hope they can do it and keep the vita library

  • goodbyejojo

    i doubt sony will ever make another brand new handheld again, they got burned pretty badly with vita, this could be vita superslim or something

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    This is Sony, they’ll ride it long and hard; at least it has the ability to make its cost back.

  • Neojames82

    Is that the sales figures for the new Ghostubusters movie?

  • Nagato

    Well, either that or another cheaper to produce Vita revision.

    Wouldn’t make sense for Sony to stay in the handheld hardware game, not unless they were able to create a “PS4 Portable” that plays the same games at lower settings, but such a concept would run into all sorts of limitations and just straight up impossibilities.

  • Minuteworld92


  • Nagato

    I was thinking the same thing; if real, that thing must be at least 3 to 6 db(a) louder than even the original PS4.

    Say what you will about Microsoft (and there’s a lot to say), at least they didn’t compromise on the cooling at all with their latest console.

  • Leandro Teixeira

    Most of them are digital only, and since most Vita users use Japanese accounts, Sony shot itself in the foot when they locked the Vita to 1 account only and if you want to change you have to factory reset the device, so even if games do get localized if most are digital only most users won’t even be able to buy them

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    Yes, think they lost at least 70million on it.

  • Zombie_Barioth

    To be fair, if true they probably managed to shrink the SoC and lower the power-consumption, although by how much is anyone’s guess.

  • magicalfollower

    Real consoles have curves!

  • Sigurd Chalphy

    More like the dindus of Baltimore found it fun to use them as weapons during the riots.

  • Nisani

    So I am not going to upgrade to 4k (on either TV or PC).

    I think these consoles are meant for us then, we will skip NEO and get this?

    Or would that be a mistake. Console makers sure are making it confusing.

  • Master Bating

    Are you a Sony executive?

  • chocodino

    I would prefer them smaller, I still think my Wii U is too big, for something big that I will not bother to move around there’s the pc

  • chocodino

    and DQXI will be on 3DS, and LOTS of people have the 3DS, although I can see the ps4 version of DQXI having good numbers, but not as much as the 3DS version

  • Nagato

    Also of note here is that there’s no technical reason the 3DS (+ future mobile) version of the game couldn’t have released on the Vita in the first place. It’s clear Square doesn’t see a future for Sony in the handheld market anymore.

  • random

    Instead of just blindly copying and pasting links maybe you could make sure they work first, because the PS Vita rumour one just goes to the base of the forum.

  • Casey

    They not only upped their cooling on the xbox one, they underclocked their components just to be safe. That’s why a later patch increased it’s power a small amount.

    I imagine they were terrified to have a red ring of death 2.0

  • chocodino

    well, dragonquest has always been a franchise to come out on the most popular [as in sales] platform, NES, SNES, PS1, PS2, NDS, this time, for some reason they went multiplatform, and will be released for 3DS and PS4.

    I personally thing if the game could only be released for one platform, it would be the 3DS.

  • Tubsiwub

    It’s not a successor if it’s not a Sony-brand console… right? Referring to that PSP-like thing. Also, it’s barely slimmer, so… what’s with the name?

  • gwadahunter2222

    A PS4 slim model is not a surprise, Sony did it with all their home console and they confirmed it when they said the neo and the slim will be the 2 models they planned to make. Making a new handheld is a bit risque because the Vita sales are not so well, the success of the PSP was due to Monster Hunter.It will be wise it give up on the handhelds, unless they wan to do Handhelds version of the PS4 for the Japanese Market.

  • Smug

    except at giving firmware updates to patch potential hack exploits

  • Smug

    The western versions of japanese games on Vita arent even remotely good, as a general thumb

  • Smug

    Vita is going to get an microsd adapter from RichDevX

  • Smug

    Thank god piracy on Vita is beginning to do baby steps

    Tokyo Xanadu (JP) is now fully pirateable

  • M37 TrenchGun

    Hopefully if a new PSP-type thing comes out, they’ll (completely) forget about the Vita and it can be cracked wide open like the original.

  • Nad Nod

    I hope Sony learn from Vita.

  • 2501

    I don’t know whats more funny, that the new PS4 looks like a weight scale or that Sony wants to do a sequel to the Vita.

  • Sevuz

    Fake or not… hmm hard to tell :/

  • Feniks

    MS was terrified of repeating the xbox360 so they went overboard with cooling.

    My first 360 sounded like a jet engine and went RROD.

  • Feniks

    Fun game history story:

    The worst launch ever was the N64: only one launch title.

  • Feniks

    Nope. The future is Nintendo and all your games will be censored, localised and family friendly.

  • scemar

    hardly slimmer than the current design, why even bother

  • catazxy

    I fail to see the “PSP-like device”…meh

  • Leandro Teixeira

    Indeed, I dream of the day the Vita will be like the PSP, I would still import games just to add to the collection but I would also pirate a lot of them, shame the stupid memory sticks are almost as expensive as the system itself and not to metion they are rare, here in Portugal the finding the console for sale is hard and the cards are basicly illusion, they don’t exist you have to import at insane prices

  • Dave

    THAT’S FOAM. It looks like FOAM. Why would some goober on Gumtree have a PS4 Neo?

  • Ashten Strider

    I love Nintendo, while i do really dislike censorship. Family friendly doesn’t mean it can’t be good game.

  • Ashten Strider

    At least Japanese devs won’t, and we always have XSEED and Aksys to localize games

  • Mayhap it’s the PS4.5?

  • Ryma Tosa

    And it plays pirated Mario clone games lol Sorry, but as long as there are no confirmation from Sony, this is a hoax for me.

  • Don’t forget NISA!

  • Smug

    RichDevX (a guy known in the hacking scene of the PS3) is making microSD adapters for the Vita, following the announcement of Henkaku being a kernel exploit.

    Avoid getting the latest releases (September and onwards) for now since they will certainly need a higher firmware (3.61+)

  • Feniks

    Well you can forget about all the niché Vita jrpgs.

  • Leandro Teixeira

    I got Flowers on PC (japanese) and I’m waiting for the final chapter but I really wanted Neo Atlas, I also have Root Letter coming from japan and idk the firmware requirements. Also can you tell me where did you get the JAST release of Flowers? I have been searching and so far I couldn’t found anything, I want to see how bad it is

  • Ashten Strider

    On 3DS, yeah. But I’m sure the devs who made those games on Vita will make them for this new system, if it’s real.

  • Nisani

    it’s not fake, just too many pictures that look real

  • Nisani

    if that is all fake, that is the best fake in history

  • Ryma Tosa

    If Sony gives no confirmation, than this is a fake.

  • Nisani

    Sony has said nothing yet. But Sony does not always come out immediately after a leak. There are often leaks of their alpha cameras (they overheat, do not buy), and they still wait until the official release to tell the truth.

  • Ryma Tosa

    Same as Nintendo? Don’t trust all the things you see on the internet.

  • Nisani

    Well, in theory this could be a fake, but realistically speaking, that person would have to spend a lot of time to make it look that real. There is also the chance that it is an experimental Sony model that never went into production. We will see.

  • bdp

    Seeing as sony has released reworked versions of all their consoles this wouldn’t even be a surprise. The vita successor, on the other hand, is more surprising.

  • Master Bating

    Thats a good joke

  • Ryma Tosa

    It is the same situation as with the NX controller, which ended up as being fake. As I said, as long as Sony says no word, I doubt it.

  • A Loli de 42 Anos

    All I care is this: does it play PS3 games?

  • totenglocke

    I appreciate your optimism. I’d say six months, max.

  • Feniks

    Doubtful. Nintendo doesn’t like lolis.

  • Black_Bob

    I don’t think anyone in this thread is implying that it’s 100% genuine, but those pictures are showing a product that casts a bit of doubt. Based on it’s design, engravings, slot placements, this could be real or a very elaborate hoax. Like you said earlier, there’s no confirmation from Sony so we can’t corroborate that this is real. However, like many leaks, it could very well be real and Sony could have just made a mistake. Either that or like another person has stated it could be a dev box. In any case, we have to wait and see what develops.

  • Black_Bob

    More pictures for this. And a few sites that seem to support the evidence that this might is real.


    To quote the last article:

    “From the pictures provided by the sources above, which you can see below,
    the console appears to have actual mechanical on/off and eject buttons,
    and the product code CUH-20XX, which fits Sony’s coding standards for a
    redesign of its console. The last two digits indicate the region of
    sale, in this case 16, which correctly matches a model for the UK

    However, in the same article:
    “Incidentally, no documents about it appeared on the FCC database as of yet.”

    We shall see.

  • NuclearCherries

    I bloody hope Sony is making another handheld. The PSP and Vita have been stellar. I hope this new console follows this trend.

  • Smug

    you poor god damn soul

  • Steven Jones

    Wonder how the hell that guy got that! He could sell that for a fortune, probably. Found some more PS4 Slim details if anyone is interested ––Everything-you-need-to-know

  • Ryma Tosa

    Just because some websites have the SAME picture, does not say jack. I stay sceptic until there is a word from the official people.

  • Ryma Tosa

    Guys, how often do I have to repeat myself?

  • Martin

    Rather than Aksys, Nisa actually supports the Vita more, despite the hate they get.

  • Martin

    …hey, we could probably get Digimon on it, like Cyber Sleuth…right?

  • Ryma Tosa

    And losing money from people who rebuy those old games digital?
    Don’t make me laugh.

  • Ryma Tosa

    Because of attention, whatelse?

  • Smug

    Fuck their (((support)))

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    Sony cannot learn.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    The only thing to question with Digimon is if it will be brought over.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    I figure they might use it to try and push their failure movie part further from being the parasite it is.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    No, I’m the guy working on their bankruptcy in the future. I was sent back from X XX 2017 where time travel has become a vacation destination since fucking with time only creates divergent timelines while not affecting our own. I like to see how fast I can speed up my clients destruction.

  • Smug
  • larverto365

    i give it seven mintutes

  • GamersBlogX

    If there is a Vita successor in the works, PLEASE OH PLEASE GET RID OF THOSE STUPID PROPRIETARY MEMORY CARDS, PLEASE. I said “please” three times. I hope thats enough…

  • Dammage

    FUCKING. BUTTONS. God damn, use this in the first place and not the crappy touch bullshit

  • andy

    Don’t forget region locked too.

  • Counterproductive

    Consoles this generation don’t have overheating issues. What are you talking about?

  • Hvd

    rehashing old products sony?what are you going to call it ps++…lol.just like with their cam and move sticks forcing them in their vr now they are just re naming the ps vita…lmao

  • Captain Vidya

    They’ll have to actually support it this time. And not have some bullshit proprietary memory card like they did with the PSP and Vita. People don’t like having to purchase those things.

  • Kaboom

    Hoping this new PSP-like device is given more love than the Vita got. And make it like a handheld PS4! I’d pay for that.

  • Mr0303

    The Vita successor rumour is wishful thinking. I doubt we’ll see another handheld from Sony anytime soon.