Sony PS4 Slim review

Sony PS4 Slim review

The PS4 Slim sheds some weight – and a few notes off its price tag Epblogs goal is to be the tech side of trust. We are proud of our independence and of our Sony PS4 Slim review thorough testing methods, in which we take our time with a product. We regularly check our test reports for changes and thus keep them up-to-date over a longer period of time – regardless of when a device was released.guaranteed reviews . Trust our Epblogs comprehensive reviews. We tested the products over a longer period of time and were able to see how they cope with everyday tasks. This is how we help you to find the best product for your read our guaranteed reviews .

Epblogs verdict

An excellent all-round console with a fantastic catalog of AAA games, the slimmed down PS4 is better in almost every way compared to the original – barring one notable exception.

Key Specifications

  • Review Price: £249.99
  • Full HD support
  • Includes DualShock 4 controller
  • 40% slimmer than original PS4
  • Available in 500GB and 1TB models

The PS4 has been a resounding success since its launch back in 2013, becoming one of the best-selling consoles of all time. But with the PS5 and Xbox Series X just around the corner, is it still worth your money?

It certainly feels like an outdated system now, limited to a Full HD resolution while the likes of the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X have moved onto gorgeous 4K visuals. In addition, its use of a hard disk drive for storage also results in sluggish loading times compared to the lightning-quick SSDs found in modern gaming PCs. 

However, with a staggeringly good games library, over-achieving performance and an attractive price point, there’s still plenty of life left in this 7-year-old console.

PS4 design

Cast your mind back to when the original PlayStation 4 hit the scene, and you may remember that its unconventional shape drew quite a bit of attention when it was first revealed.

The slimmed down PS4 that debuted in 2016 more-or-less retained the core visual identity of the first PlayStation 4, but made the parallelogram package even more compact, smoothing off some of the edges.

The first PlayStation 4 measured 27.5 x 30 x 5.3 cm, whereas the latest PS4 Slim cuts that down to 26.5 x 26.5 x 3.8 cm, roughly a third smaller. The overall weight is comparably lighter too.

The first PS4 mixed shiny and matte plastics, but the PS4 Slim extends the matte black finish all over the console. The top-mounted colored light bar indicator – showing sleep, wake and off statuses – gets dropped in favor of small illuminated dots over the power button (which are actually harder to see, so take care before unplugging the unit).

As before, the disk drive slot is a front-facing affair, above small power and eject buttons. More recent revisions of the PS4 also featured physical buttons on the console, but the launch edition PS4 favored touch-sensitive controls instead.

Two USB ports sit on the front of the PlayStation 4 Slim, as was the case on earlier PS4 models, but they’re now much further apart and slightly easier to plug into.

The first PS4 mixed shiny and matte plastics, but the PS4 Slim extends the matte black finish all over the console. The top-mounted colored light bar indicator – showing sleep, wake and off statuses – gets dropped in favor of small illuminated dots over the power button (which are actually harder to see, so take care before unplugging the unit).

As before, the disk drive slot is a front-facing affair, above small power and eject buttons. More recent revisions of the PS4 also featured physical buttons on the console, but the launch edition PS4 favored touch-sensitive controls instead.

Two USB ports sit on the front of the PlayStation 4 Slim, as was the case on earlier PS4 models, but they’re now much further apart and slightly easier to plug into.

Both 500GB and 1TB versions of the PS4 Slim are available, though the former is much rarer. If you opt for the smaller of the two you might find your hard drive fills up surprisingly quickly with the console’s reliance on mandatory game installs, but thankfully it’s fairly easy to upgrade the internal hard drive or install games to an external hard drive.

Around the back is the power plug socket (no need for an external power brick), a HDMI port, the PlayStation Camera’s expansion port (essential for the PlayStation VR) and an Ethernet network jack socket.

The only major casualty of the slimmed-down design is the Optical Out port on the rear: HDMI will suit the needs of many gamers for carrying audio signals, but the Optical Out port will be missed by those hooking up older home cinema receivers, or souped-up gaming headsets.

The PS4 Slim has plenty of nice design touches dotted around its chassis though. The iconic Square, Triangle, Circle and Cross symbols of the PlayStation brand are stamped into the side of the console (with the Circle acting as a fixture for those wishing to stand the console upright with a base accessory). 

The same symbols are found stuck to the bottom too, acting as feet to raise the machine off a surface for improved airflow. All in, it’s a well-considered design, markedly justifying its “Slim” street name.

PS4 Setup

Setting up the slim PlayStation 4 is very easy – especially if you’re upgrading from the original PS4 (or even a PS3), because you can use all the same cables, so no need to stretch behind your TV.

Simply plug in the included HDMI and power cables and connect to the internet to download the console’s various patches and updates.

Alternatively, you’re able to skip Wi-Fi or Ethernet altogether and just pop in a game. Unlike the Xbox One, you can get to the homescreen without initially connecting to the web and patching first.

Once you do connect to the internet, you’ll need to let the PS4 update before you can make purchases from the store or play online.

PS4 Media

Since the very first PlayStation, Sony’s home consoles have led the charge when it comes to media playback support. The PS One made for a great CD player, the PS2 was many gamers’ first DVD player, and the PS3 introduced a Blu-ray deck and USB playback.

The PS4, while not introducing a new format of its own, picked up the baton passed by the PS3, offering wide-ranging streaming service support, Blu-ray and DVD playback, USB media functionality and even banging out the tunes with its own Spotify player. That’s been carried over to the PS4 Slim.

What the PS4 Slim doesn’t do, however, is offer an answer to the Xbox One S’s 4K Blu-ray player, instead sticking with the original PS4’s standard full HD Blu-ray player. It’s still a strong deck, but anyone looking to show off their 4K TVs with the PS4 Slim will be disappointed (and it’s notably absent from the PS4 Pro too).

You could argue that with streaming increasingly used to watch media content, it’s not a desperately needed feature, especially if it keeps the overall cost down. But it will age the PS4 Slim console, preventing it from being fully future-proofed. What’s perhaps more annoying is the complete removal of the optical out audio socket, which could cause headaches for those with older AV equipment.

However, one upgrade that applies to the entire range of PS4s, the PS4 Slim included, is HDR support. This adds greater detail to light sources in an image, and is pretty much a staple in TV tech these days.

All the other streaming services and apps featured on the PS4 return for the PS4 Slim, including (but not limited to) Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, as well as BBC iPlayer and TV from Sky in the UK, and HBO Go and Hulu in the US.

Sony’s own movie rental platform is available too if you’re looking for the latest Hollywood releases. YouTube is here, as is Twitch game streaming, and a Spotify Connect-enabled version of the popular music streaming service, letting you control tunes on your telly from the comfort of your phone.

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