New PS4 model incoming… but it’s not the PS4 slim yet.
Straight from the intertubes comes the news of a new series of PS4, models CUH-11xxA (the current models are CUH-10xxA).
The US FCC (Federal Communications Commission) just certified the new model yesterday, bringing attention to Sony’s new PS4 to the eyes of the people in the US… but it’s not completely new, as this PS4 hardware revision had been certified in Indonesia two weeks ago (model CUH-1106A).
Today’s model certified by the FCC is CUH-1115A (a peculiar number since the US region code for the PS4 should be 01, not 15). Gaming site Dualshockers investigated the certificates’ documentation, and report that the only main difference seems to be in the Wifi component, in particular the Wifi Antenna.
|02||Australia / New Zealand|
|03||U.K. / Ireland|
|04||Europe / Middle East / Africa|
|06||Singapore / Malaysia|
|08||Russia / India|
DualShockers say the Planar Inverted-F antenna (PIFA) is being replaced by an Inverted F Antenna (IFA). Google and a few papers on the net tell me PIFA is better than IFA on pretty much every metric, so I’m assuming the decision to change here is driven by cost, not by the quality of the Wifi signal. What I can say, as a user, is that my current PS4’s Wifi is definitely not as good as that of the PS3, so I’m not sure using a worse component is going to help with that… then again if I was a hardware expert I would… oh, well, I’m not so I’ll shut up, but feel free to let me know in the comments what that change could mean in terms of Wi-fi efficiency.
Besides the Wifi component being replaced, there doesn’t seem to be much change in this upcoming PS4 model. A PS4 slim would see a change in the major version number (CUH20-XXA) rather than the minor version, so I wouldn’t expect any major change in the design or functionality of this CUH-11xxA revision.
The PS4 Dev wiki has close to no information on the device yet, but its history tells me I could have written this article 10 days ago.