A report in the Wall Street Journal says Sony plans to sell a new standard model of the PlayStation 4 along with the high-end "Neo" version to be introduced next month.
The report, taken with yesterday's leak of a slimline PS4 (above) on an auction site, sheds a little more light on how Sony will expand its PlayStation 4 fleet to maintain control of the console market.
Sony did not comment to the Journal on this report, nor have PlayStation representatives replied to a Polygon request for comment on yesterday's leak. Sony confirmed in June that the Neo, a more powerful PS4 also supporting 4K video, was on the way, and two weeks ago announced a media event on Sept. 7, where it is expected to be revealed.
The Neo's case design isn't known so it's unclear if the slim spied yesterday is the design for the base model only or both. The box in yesterday's auction listing, since taken down, said it was a 500 GB model and cost £295 (about $385). The Neo is expected to have a larger hard drive and an analyst told the Journal he expects Sony will sell its new base design for less than the PS4's current $350 MSRP.
In August, Microsoft launched three new configurations of an Xbox One S console now supporting 4K video, the lowest-cost model priced at $299. Its smaller, slimmer case is the look for Xbox One going forward. A more powerful version of the Xbox One, codenamed Project Scorpio, is on the way next year.