Whether it’s tablets, smartphones, or consoles, manufacturers seem to be in the habit of paring down their products and re-releasing them in “slim” or “air” versions. Looking at the marketplace, it seems reasonable to assume that a PS4 Slim edition is on the way. So what’s the real scoop on the PS4 Slim? Is it real, or merely a myth concocted by hopeful console gamers and tech gurus?

First, let’s take a look at some history. In November of 2006, Sony released the PS3. A few years later, in September 2009, the slim edition of the PS3 launched. Some people claim that these facts establish a pattern, one that Sony may follow in the future.

There are a couple of issues with this theory. First of all, companies change their game plan for products depending on market demand and other factors. The PS4 Slim will only happen if Sony deems such a console to be in its best interests. When the PS3 Slim came out, it was in response to a decline in PS3 sales. The newer, more compact version of the console gave Sony the extra boost in revenue that the company wanted.