The “slim” PlayStation 4 now houses a 1TB hard drive in North America, which means that the region is finally catching up with the rest of the world. The upgraded Slim subs out the old 500GB but the price of the system remains the same at $299.99.

This puts the #Ps4 Slim on par with the #Ps4 Pro, storage-wise, which launched with a 1TB hard drive. It’s good news for owners of the regular PS4, given they’re likely to run into storage limit at least once. This also means fans will be likely able to score a lower price on the 500GB version shortly, as retailers will probably decide to get rid of old stocks quick to make way for the upgraded console.

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1TB PS4 Slim is a permanent upgrade

A representative for #Sony told Polygon that the 1TB upgrade would be permanent, adding that the company has already stopped shipping 500GB units in U.S. and Canada. “1TB is the standard storage size moving forward in the US and Canada,” the rep said. On the other hand, Sony will continue to offer 500GB consoles in Latin America.

September last year saw the launch of the redesigned PS4, which initially had an internal storage of 500 GB, at least in North America. Europe, however, had some game bundles that offered a 1TB PS4 Slim. Meanwhile, in Japan, a 1TB Glacier White model was launched in February.

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The announcement coincides with last month’s 4.5 firmware update, where it added support for USB external hard drives and new features to make gameplay even more engaging.

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“With this update, you have the option to store content to an external HDD. Just plug a USB 3.0 HDD into your PS4, and voilà, you now have more space on the console,” Sony previously announced

Also, PS4 Pro owners have been granted the Boost Mode that benefits unpatched legacy games. This feature should make older games take full advantage of the console’s remarkable CPU capacity. According to John Koller, VP of PlayStation’s brand marketing, Boost Mode will provide frame rate stability for some games running at 30HZ or 60HZ. “Depending on the game, the increased CPU speed may also result in shorter load times,” the Sony exec said.

Meanwhile, prime competitor Xbox One S has not received an upgrade yet, although users can pay an extra $50 to double the base 500GB hard drive. Microsoft’s console is priced at $299.99 as well (and so is the Nintendo Switch), so fans shouldn’t be surprised should rival consoles follow Sony’s lead.