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Could a PS4 Slim Be On The Way?

The PS4 Slim may soon be a reality, as Samsung today announced that it has begun mass-producing the industry’s first 8 gigabit (1GB) GDDR5 DRAM memory chips.

Rumours that the memory may be included in an upcoming gaming system were fuelled by Joo Sun Choi, executive vice president of memory sales and marketing, stating that: “We expect that our 8Gb GDDR5 will provide original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with the best graphics memory solution available for game consoles as well as general use notebook PCs.” Furthermore, Samsung’s press release stated that the chips are designed for use in “on-board graphics memory for game consoles”.

Although these comments could have related to any number of systems, a new PS4 model seems to stack up due to the fact that Sony’s console already uses 16 512MB GDDR5 chips from Samsung. Switching to eight 1GB chips would lead to obvious space and cost savings, which Samsung itself confirmed: “Combining only eight of the new 8Gb chips will achieve the same density as the 8 gigabytes (GB) needed in the latest game consoles.”

With the PS4 being the only console to make use of GDDR5, Samsung’s hint was received loud and clear, with forums and social media already buzzing with speculation.

What do you think of this news? Would you look forward to seeing the release of a PS4 Slim?

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  • Matt

    I don’t see a Slim design coming out so soon… as far as PS4 is concerned it’s already a pretty slim and light system as it stands. There are substantial rumors coming out of a new console release in 2016 so that might pertain to it. There might even be motherboard revisions coming out to make use of the 1gb chips but that won’t necessarily equate out to a slim model.

    • mechlord

      there is always space to slim consoles. remember the ps1/psx? if they wanted today they could make it slim enough to fit a smart watch.

      • Matt

        PS1 is archaic at this point so that’s a none issue… I’m sure modern toasters could play MGS these days.

      • MReprogle

        A smart watch? That thing would melt before it even booted. Let’s be real. I work with computers all day, and it’s not like they could make it a ton smaller than what it’s already at. The hard drive and Bluray drive is a decent chunk of it that isn’t going to magically get smaller. The mobo might be able to get smaller, but I highly doubt they go smaller with the fans. After the 360’s RROD, I really doubt anyone risks using cheaper thermal paste or decent ventilation.

        • The Batman

          I agree, but there are solutions to these problems:

          -The HDD could be replaced with one of those smaller SSD’s that come in custom form factor.
          -They could potentialy do the same thing with the BluRay drive as the PS3 SS

          Other than that, theres not much Sony can do. I guess trim the shell a little, but nothing significant. Besides, an SSD would cost too much, and everybody hated the SS because of that BluRay drive.

          • MReprogle

            The HD that is in it already is the same size as a SSD and the bluray ROM drive is the same size as the PS3 slim drive. You aren’t going to get much smaller unless you make a totally digital version of the console that will lack a bluray drive. Really, the PS4 is already one of the slimmest consoles there is besides something that lacks a disc drive.

    • datdude

      “There are substantial rumors coming out of a new console release in 2016 so that might pertain to it.” From Sony? Are you nuts? The ps4 will barely be two years old when 2016 hits….no way we see a new console from Sony that soon..the improvements to the new console would not be a tangible enough difference from what the ps4 offers for one, and it’s logistically improbable due to the enormous amounts of time and money involved in researching, developing, designing, and producing a new console. Ain’t gonna happen. Now if you’re referring to a new Nintendo console, perhaps…but even that is doubtful as Nintendo would have to announce the new console this year, taking all the steam away from big games releasing for Wii U in 2015.

      • Matt

        Huh? I was mentioning where the increase in GDDR production might be put to use… I never mentioned sony making a new console though it was kinda vague. There are articles about AMD something something in 2016 something something something… I don’t have time to link it right now.

        Google “AMD New console 2016”

  • Papa Doc

    I’m sure the slim will arrive this year (Holiday 2015) with it being shown off at E3, GamesCom and/or TGC.

    • Jewy McJew

      That;s very quick compared to the PS3

  • MReprogle

    Could just be a cheaper solution. If they use a cheaper motherboard with less memory ports, they save quite a bit on that change alone. It might not sound like a lot, but when you’re selling millions of consoles, it adds up. I’m guessing they will do a price cut, much like the X1, so they are could just be getting for a bigger sales push, and what better way to make more money than to manufacture a cheaper-to-build console? I’m gonna guess that we see a price cut for Xmas 2015, and this is Sony actually preparing for it.

  • Josué B. Hernández

    Fewer RAM dimms doesn’t mean that could be a PS4 Slim.. SONY would need to shrink Processor and GPU to get smaller MOBO…

    I can’t see a Slimer model coming soon, at least not before 2017.. because AMD use 28nm fabrication process right now, And they will change to smaller fab process next year… So.. Until 2017 at least we eill not see the possibility of a Slim PS4.