New PS4 hardware before E3 mystery

By Alan Ng - May 22, 2014

We have some interesting PS4 news to bring you now, right on the eve of Sony’s E3 2014 event. Although nobody is expecting it, it looks like Sony are secretly planning to sell a new version of the PS4 console.

Details are thin at the moment, but evidence has turned up suggesting that this is the real deal. At the moment, the Asian version of the PS4 has the model number of CUH-1006A – we know this as we have an Asian version and you can see the model number in question via the image above.

Now head to this Indonesian website here courtesy of DualShockers which clearly lists a newer PS4 model with CUH-1106A. Also note the upload date of May 13, 2014 which suggests that Sony has only just finished up preparing the new model.

Of course, there’s no evidence yet to suggest that this is going to be a major upgrade but obviously a new console would have some internal differences. We are not expecting a hard drive change or anything like that, but we definitely are praying that this newer model specifically eliminates the ongoing problem of PS4 discs automatically ejecting.

It does pose the question on whether this new PS4 model could be coming with an price cut. Then again, it is still very early days – the PS4 is continuing to sell very well so it wouldn’t make any sense from a business point of view for a price cut to come so soon after launch.

It’s interesting though nevertheless, especially after the big news that the Xbox One is now going to be $399 this Summer without Kinect.

Give us your early thoughts on what this new PS4 model could possibly entail. Do you think it is just a minor change with some internal hardware differences or something else?

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  • Simon

    If it were to be a ‘Slim PS4’, wouldn’t the code have gone from ‘CUH-1003A’ to ‘CUH-2003A’, instead of to ‘CUH-1006A’ ?

    This new PS4 model will be different, but not hugely.

  • Ant

    I thought they had said they would never allow media to be played from external drives? That’s what was said at launch, has something been announced since then?

  • Ryan

    I just wish they would get to adding external storage capability along with some basic media file playback. DLNA etc.. they keep talking about this stuff, but Xbox One has now added more new features that are actually pretty good at this point.

  • PS not PC

    They better not make my Day 1 PS4 second rate this early on. If I wanted my hardware to be obsolete by the end of the week, I would build a gaming PC >_<

  • My guess – They’ll drop the price of the current model to $350 just to crush Microsoft and sell a 1TB model for $400 to rub it in.

    • Josh101

      I agree with this being an updated model only by means of storage. Sony wouldn’t fracture the userbase by providing updated GPU’s and CPU’s. The whole point of a console from a hardware developer like Sony is subsidizing the chips by purchasing in bulk.