•  Sony is set to Patch PS4 games to allow 4K and HDR gaming.

Sony is set to Patch PS4 games to allow 4K and HDR gaming. (Photo : YouTube/ The Verge)

A new PlayStation 4 with a slimmer case design has reportedly showed up in leaked photos on an auction site's product listing. The photos of the game console that could be the Neo/PS4K model reveal a thinner PS4 with rounded edges compared to the square edges of Sony's original system. Meanwhile, the console's packaging box shows it has a 500-gigabyte hard drive, and the hardware seems to be missing the optical port.

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The console's box also seems to be from Europe or Arabic areas. In June Sony announced a more powerful PS4 codenamed Neo. However, the Japanese conglomerate did not provide details about the console's design so it is unclear if the leaked photos show the Neo game system.         

Neo will upscale current PS4 games to 4K resolution, and support the PlayStation VR headset that hits the retail market in October.

The Neo model will reportedly be unveiled at a September 7 event at 3 p.m. ET, according to Polygon. It will take place in New York City's Times Square.   

Sony reported in May 2016 that it had sold 40 million PS4 units world-wide. It hopes to sell 20 million units by the end of this fiscal year in March 2017.

Microsoft is in second place in the console war and has reportedly sold 20 million Xbox One units. Nintendo has sold just 12.8 million Wii U units worldwide.  

Microsoft released its Xbox One S earlier this month. The console is 40 percent smaller than the original system, lacks a large power brick, and supports 4K streaming video and ultra-high-definition (UHD) Blu-ray discs. The new controller also functions with other Bluetooth devices.       

In related news, the Washington state-based company also has plans to launch its Xbox Scorpio console during the 2017 holiday shopping season. Xbox marketing head Aaron Greenberg recently shared that the software giant envisages the more powerful console as a "high-end product", according to GameSpot

The Microsoft executive pointed out that PC gamers often spend thousands of dollars on a 4K gaming rig. He implied that Scorpio could be priced below $1000 after being scaled-down for the console industry.

Xbox One had a $500 price tag at launch. Microsoft slashed the price to $400 after removing Kinect from the console bundle.

Greenberg reported that Xbox Scorpio will include virtual reality support and other new features. It will also work with Xbox One and Xbox 360 games and controllers.

Here are some PS4 Neo rumors: