Following the week of E3, Sony has revealed a new PlayStation 4 model that will begin shipping in some territories next month. They also will be releasing a 1TB version of the current PS4 in Europe and PAL territories.
The new model is the CUH-1200 series and features some slight hardware revisions. The system now is 8% lighter and power consumption is reduced by 10%. The HDD cover is also now a matte finish, matching the rest of the console. This is similar to Microsoft’s new 1TB Xbox One model, which also ditched the glossy surface for a matte finish.
The 1TB model will release in Europe and PAL territories next month. This is the same PS4 model that’s already in stores (with the glossy HDD cover), and the only change is a 1TB HDD installed as opposed to the 500GB.
When will the US see these new models? It’s possible the CUH-1200 one will be phased in very soon and we could see the 1TB one shortly for them to compete with Microsoft’s version. But there’s an even more interesting rumor that came out of E3.
Multiple people on the floor were speculating that Sony will make a hardware announcement at their Paris Games Week event on October 27th where they’ll finally drop the price of the 500GB system to $349 while revealing a new 1TB system with some additional hardware revisions.
As Netflix said earlier in the year, Sony promised them a new PS4 that can stream their 4K content:
Hunt said Sony had “promised” a hardware rev for the PS4 that will include a 4K video capability and that they would “expect eventually” for it to support HDR, as one example of where the industry will seek to catch up.
According to rumors at E3, October 27th is when Sony could reveal a new 1TB $399 model of the PlayStation 4 that includes a new HDMI 2.0a port and a hardware decoder chip to handle HEVC UHD video. These two additions will allow the PS4 to support HDCP 2.2 copy protection, and thus stream 4K Netflix and Amazon content.
This would not allow games to play at 4K. Neither the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One have the hardware to do 4K gaming. In 2015 even $500 PC graphics cards still struggle with 4K. Anyone thinking the AMD GPUs in the current consoles (which even have issues at 1080p) can do 4K needs to have their head examined.
But 4K Netflix and Amazon streaming is well within reach with a couple very cheap revisions to the hardware, and if rumors are true at least one of the systems will do that later this year.