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Sony PlayStation 4 Slim

Sony PlayStation 4 Slim

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86 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
86

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

In a vacuum, the PlayStation 4 Slim is a great console. It's smaller, quieter and much more portable than the original PS4. But unless you need a new console right now and are on a strict budget, there's no reason to buy it when the higher-powered PS4 Pro is set to ship in November for $100 more.

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Pros
  • More compact than before
  • Quieter performance
  • Even more portable than before
  • No more distracting LED strip
Cons
  • Lacks the UHD Blu-ray drive of the similarly priced Xbox One S
  • Pack-in DualShock 4 controller still has abysmal battery life
  • Only available with a 500GB disk
86 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
86

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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Score Breakdown

 
82
Average Critic Score
 
100
Stuff
All told, the PS4 Slim improves on its predecessor in almost every way. It’s much smaller, lighter, quieter and cheaper. Some people will miss the optical connection, but otherwise this is a job well jobbed.
 
80
Digital Trends
Now slimmer than ever, the refreshed PlayStation 4 fortifies Sony’s iconic gaming platform.
 
80
TrustedReviews
The best PS4 money can buy – for now.
 
80
IGN
The lack of an optical port hurts but overall, the revised PlayStation 4 gets the job done with minor improvements.
 
80
The Telegraph
The new PS4 is a lovely, if largely cosmetic, improvement on the original at a great price. So if you are a more casual gamer yet to buy into this generation and fancy dipping into the terrific library of games PlayStation has curated, the Slim is a splendid entry point.
 
80
Pocket-Lint
While the latest iteration of the PS4 is a great console – and very well timed considering PlayStation VR is just around the corner too – we wonder what kind of impact it will make.
 
80
TechRadar
An excellent console with a great catalogue of AAA games, the slimmer, smaller PS4 is better in almost every way compared to the original, barring one notable exception.
 
80
T3
Overall though, the new PS4 takes everything people loved about the original system and makes it better. Sony has played safe with the Slim, but that is no bad thing.
 
80
Ars Technica
The new PS4 is simply a cheaper, better-looking PS4 that'll slide into sleeker slots in your AV cabinet with few compromises. If you're new to the system, this is the console to buy—at least until the PS4 Pro arrives.

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