UPDATE: The "leaked" images are fake. The mock ups were created by an Italian designer hoping to draw attention to his portfolio, namely hoping to attract Sony's attention. In fact, tiny letters placed within the images spell "HIRE ME". As always, rumors must be thought of as only rumors until official confirmation comes through. More information can be found here.A possibly leaked pic featuring a light redesign of the PS4 may point to a future slim model of the system.
The rumored leak first appeared on the Italian website Multiplayer.it, showcasing different angles of the redesigned console.
Sony's history of redesigning their consoles with a slimmer look left many wondering when a PS4 slim would release, and more so, what would it look like? After all, unlike its predecessors, which all launched with somewhat bulky designs, the PS4 came from the get-go with a comparably slimmer appearance. If these rumored leaks are true, the answer apparently is to reposition the blue ray drive and buttons away from the slanted front.
The device would keep its parallelogram design while delegating the disc drive to the side(?) of the console, or top depending on how you would stand it. The Sony and Playstation 4 logo's stay on the front of the console, though we suppose that would become the side if the user preferred the blue ray drive face the front. Additionally, the power and eject buttons are, well, actual buttons, and a little thicker and more apparent than before.
A close up shot of the rumored redesign shows just how much of the console has been chopped off length wise. With a PS4 controller standing in front, we can see the rumored Slim PS4 would be roughly twice the height of a controller. The Dualshock for is just under 4in tall, meaning this rumored retake on the Playstation 4 would be roughly 8 in tall (the standard Playstation 4 sits at 11 in tall when stood on its side in comparison.)
If Sony were planing to unveil a PS4 this coming E3, and later release the device at holiday 2015, it would be the earliest in a consoles lifespan the company released a slim model, at an unprecedented two years. However, it would follow a pattern of earlier and earlier releases for their slim redesigns (Playstation 1 Slim released five years after its original launch, Playstation 2 Slim released four years after the original launch, Playstation 3 Slim released three years after its original launch. So if the device launched Holiday 2015, it would be a natural succession.
What are your thoughts on this? Does it seem too early to already go for a redesign of the PS4? Or is this just what you were looking for to buy Sony's newest console?