Five-hundred GB was never really enough. We all knew that when the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One first came out and our hard drives quickly filled up with games, forcing some uncomfortable decisions about how best to manage the limited storage available. Luckily, that standard seems to now be slipping. The PS4 Pro comes with 1 TB standard, and we have to assume that the premium Xbox Scorpio will ship with something at least comparable — now the slim PS4 is moving on up to the big leagues as well. A page on Sony’s website advertises the slim PS4, now with a 1 TB hard drive, and the company also announced the move on Twitter.
The page is a bit short on information, but the wording suggests that the slim PS4 will now have a 1 TB hard drive as a rule of thumb — this sets it apart from the Xbox One S, which comes in both 500 GB and 1 TB variants. According to Game Informer, the new hardware is coming on April 20, though old stock will likely remain in stores for a bit. The price is listed at $299.99, the same as the current slim PS4. It’s not the sort of announcement that warrants the E3 stage treatment, but I have to imagine we’ll be hearing about new bundles as well.
All the discussion of PS4 Pro and Xbox Scorpio can make it easy to overlook a pretty simple fact about the modern console industry: the slim PS4 and Xbox One S are excellent consoles on every level, and as announcements like this show, they only seem to be improving. Buying a slim PS4, at the moment, does not guarantee you the latest and greatest visuals for your games, but it does guarantee that you’ll be able to play any and all games released for the PS4 Pro, ensuring not only an excellent back catalog but a good solid stretch of relevance in the years to come.
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