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Sony's PlayStation 4 Slim meets its fatter, older cousin

We got our hands on the new PlayStation 4 Slim to see just how much thinner it is compared to the first generation PS4.

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Sony shrunk down the PlayStation 4 Slim and the result is noticeable from the get go. It's thinner, has a slightly smaller footprint and does away with the ugly glossy plastic in favor of a sandpaper-ish exterior. The controller also gets a tweak with an LED light added above the touchpad and a slightly lighter color tone for the buttons.

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From the top, both PS4's look almost the same size, but the older PS4 is actually a bit wider.

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There's about half an inch of difference between both consoles.

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Both PS4s have the same ports: HDMI, LAN and USB. But the Slim doesn't have optical audio.

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The bottom panel of the Slim looks pretty neat. If you're using the console vertically, you'll see the PlayStation symbols found on your controller adorning the sides.

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The power button is a lot more noticeable now.

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The front USB 3.0 ports are further apart compared to the first PlayStation 4, and you can now connect the DualShock 4 controller via a USB cable to the console for better response times when gaming.

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At first glance, you'd be hard pressed to find any difference between the current controller and the newer one that comes bundled with the Slim.

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Here's the newer DualShock 4 controller alongside the older model. Can you figure out which is which?

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The sandpaper like finish on the PS4 Slim is pretty nice to look at, and helps give it a better grip if you're moving it around.

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Lastly, you'll note that the PlayStation logo is actually sideways, which is odd if you're laying the console down horizontally. But it does help you figure out the right way to position the PS4 if you plan on placing it upright.

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The new controller now sports a lighted strip above the touchpad, and features slightly lighter tones for the buttons.

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