It turns out Sony has slipped out an updated PS4 Pro model without actually telling anyone about it.
Don’t be expecting some kind of souped-up extra powerful PS4 Pro, though. It looks like the only difference with this new model is that it runs a few decibels quieter than a previously updated version Sony released in 2017, which itself ran quieter than the 2016 model, according to a report from Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry.
I can kind of see why Sony didn’t feel like they needed to announce this, to be honest.
Digital Foundry tested the new console with God of War, and noted a six-to-seven-decibel noise reduction from the original 2016 launch model, which apparently comes courtesy of a new type of power supply.
This shiny new power supply uses the standard figure-eight style input that you can also find being used in the PlayStation 4 Slim, Xbox One, and Xbox One X.
Digital Foundry dubbed this subtle new PS4 Pro ‘a discreet living room console’. If you’re really desperate to swap out your current PS4 Pro for this new version, you can identify it by looking for the CUH-7200 model number on the packaging.
It’s believed that these CUH-7200s are currently only being distributed as part of the Red Dead Redemption 2 PS4 Pro bundle for now, but if you’re after the quietest PlayStation around and one of the best games of the year, then you might as well go for the bundle.
Sony announced last month that the PlayStation 4 has sailed past 85 million sales worldwide in its lifetime. Will this new, extra quiet PS4 Pro model help the console shoot past 100 million by the end of the year?
No, probably not.
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Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.