PlayStation 4 Slim 500GB Console Review
Sony’s PlayStation is among the Big 3 in the gaming consoles industry—Nintendo and Microsoft are the other two of the trio of titans. The release of PS4 Slim, known as CUH-2000 as its technical name, is touted by Sony as the new standard PS4 console. This mainly because the PS4 Slim is a hardware makeover for both the controller and console—or so Sony says, but we have to disagree on certain points.
Of course, there are glitches that come with the PS4 Slim. Many of the die-hard PS4 Pro fans will even go as far as saying that the PS4 Slim isn’t worth the extra money spent on it! But if you’re looking for a more affordable PlayStation console and, in the process, accept certain limitations in its performance, then the PlayStation 4 Slim 500GB Console is a great choice.
Features of The PlayStation 4 Slim 500GB Console
The PS4 Slim’s features, specifically on the Uncharted 4 bundle, according to Sony include:
- 500GB PS4 Slim system
- With DualShock 4 wireless controller
- Blu-ray disc for the Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End game
- With optional PlayStation Plus membership for online gaming, as well as for getting and saving games
- With Share button for sharing games to social media like YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook
- Mount sold separately
In terms of its physical appearance, the PlayStation 4 Slim 500GB Console represents a big change from the PS4 line. But when you look at its functionality, there’s little to no changes in comparison with the PlayStation console you already own before this upgrade. But many gamers still consider the PS4 Slim as a decent upgrade mainly because of its leaner profile, quieter operation, and more battery-efficient usage.
The PS4 Slim’s overall impression is one being cooler looking than its predecessor, thanks partly to the removal of the annoying light bar. With the simple, yet sophisticated matte black top, as well as the smaller power and eject buttons, the console has a more contemporary sensibility.
The console’s front still features the two USB 3.0 ports although these are farther apart than in the older model. On the back, there are many of the same ports as before—power, aux, HDMI, Ethernet, and PlayStation Camera. The optical output has been removed since most televisions already have built-in optical outputs, although it can be problematic for many users.
If you’re thinking about upgrading the console, you will find a new slot on the back’s right side. You can replace the pre-installed SATA hard disk with a more powerful one—and you will likely do so eventually because 500GB isn’t exactly spacious, so to speak. You will also appreciate the fewer ventilation slots around its sides, which can mean less dust affecting its relatively quiet operations.
The PS4 Slim controller also features the same functionality albeit there are minor changes in its visual design. The new gray tone for the sticks, buttons, and D-pad contrasts well with the black background. The translucent touchpad makes it easier for players to see their colors, so to speak, in multiplayer games.
We like the HDR gaming support, too, because of the enhanced visuals that comes with the games. You should obviously own a 4K television to enjoy the HDR visuals. You will appreciate the 1080p resolution, a sufficient quality for most gamers who want the excitement of the game more.
The downside: It doesn’t have a 4K Blu-ray drive. This will limit the games and shows that you can enjoy using the console but if you’re into the PS4 Slim for the available games, then it will suffice.
In terms of frame rates and loading times for the games, the PS4 Slim and the PS4 are the same animals. Every game we tested on the PS4 Slim, such as the Rogue Legacy, Alien Isolation, and Lego Jurassic World, have the same frame rates in both machines. But if you want a brand-new alternative to your older PlayStation consoles, which are probably wheezing from years of use and dozens of stored games, then the PS4 Slim is a must-buy.
The PS4 Slim is also less power-hungry than its predecessor. You should be able to play more games for longer periods without worrying about spikes in your power bill due to such quality.
- Whisper-quiet operation
- Lower power consumption
- Slimmer profile
- Faster and easier HDD space expansion
- No 4K Blu-ray capability
- Less than durable analogue sticks on the controller
We have to admit that the PlayStation 4 Slim 500GB Console isn’t such a great console as Sony touts it to be. But it isn’t a bad console either, especially when you consider its minor upgrades on hardware.
The slimmer profile, coupled with its efficient power usage and quiet operations, are enough reasons for PlayStation fans to add it to their collection. Think of it as growing on your avid gamer side and you will find that it’s a good buy—unless, of course, you already have the PS4 Pro.