you do realize that sony didn't do this "only to compete with the Wii U" right? Dude it's sony they're gonna release slimmer models regardless, hell look at microsoft, they're have 3 different styles of xbox as well with the OG, elite, and slim. Either way they're still gonna have their next gen console and it's still gonna be announced in like 1-2 years. Look at when the 360 came out a full year before the wii and ps3. It's called a race for a reason.