There were rumours that Sony may announce a PlayStation 4 Slim alongside the upgraded Neo console, and it may just have leaked. Potentially. In this age of 3D printers and elaborate hoaxes, these photographs of a console shell can't be taken as definitive proof – but they look pretty darn authentic from where we're sitting.

Okay, so the system itself looks like it's made of marzipan, but the fact that we have multiple shots of its shell, rear, bottom, and box at least lend credence to the images. We've also heard from a couple of people that it may release in a matter of weeks. The packaging shows that this is a 500GB unit, and it also advertises games like Horizon: Zero Dawn and Gran Turismo Sport on the back. The PEGI rating suggests that this appeared somewhere in Europe.

It looks absolutely tiny in comparison to the existing unit, which is already pretty small. The light across the top has been removed in favour of a much simpler exterior, which just includes the PlayStation symbol on matte plastic. The bottom meanwhile uses feet based upon the brand's iconic shapes. It's unclear if you'll be able to swap out the hard drive anymore. [ Update: New images show that there may be hard drive bay towards the rear on the left-hand side of the system ]

We're not sure what to think of this right now. It certainly looks real, and we're due a leak if the console's going to be announced on 7th September. However, it does have the appearance of badly baked cake, doesn't it? We'll keep you updated as and when we learn more about this, but in the meantime let us know what you think.

Update (20:45PM BST): Twitter user Shortmaneighty2 has managed to purchase one of the consoles, and has validated its authenticity. You're looking at the PS4 Slim here, folks.

Update: (21:00PM BST): Shortmaneighty2 has kindly provided us with a ton of photographs comparing the new PS4 Slim console to the original unit.

[via gumtree.com, neogaf.com]