Rumor: PS4.5, a more powerful PS4 for 4K and PSVR. | Up3: Codename "NEO" and CPU/GPU/RAM specs from Giant Bomb.
Thread DetailsLast Edited by Nikzilla90 April 19, 2016 at 09:20 AM
Quote :We don’t know whether current PS4 owners will be able to upgrade or if they’ll have to buy an entirely new device to benefit from this power boost, but from what we hear, Sony has started briefing developers.
A more powerful PS4 would also allow the machine to be more competitive with PCs in the world of virtual reality. With a higher-end GPU, the PS4 could more easily match up against the more expensive Oculus Rift and HTC Vive virtual reality headsets, which are designed to work with powerful PCs.
I wasn't impressed with any of PSVR's games during the media blowout during GDC this week (on rails, ugly, tech demos)... so a GPU upgrade is in dire need for PS4's VR. Of course a GPU upgrade would not only be used for VR, 4K (aka 2160p) renders 4 times the pixels of 1080p games. Or if developers don't see a lot of 4K TV adoption, last I heard is TV sales are on a downward curve (1080p is plenty for me), then they can use that extra GPU power to make 1080p games 60fps (resolution and framerate would be the only differences I would hope/expect between PS4 vs PS4.5 for non-VR games).
Sounds like the cat is out of the bag for Sony and Microsoft. I expect both to announce the PS4.5 and Xbox One.5 at E3 this year or else hardware sales will stagnate as gamers will wait-and-see now that these incremental console upgrade rumors are not stopping. This could hurt Nintendo's NX hardware, rumored for a 2016 launch, as Nintendo has been skimping out on hardware specs in favor of gimmicks and the gap will only widen if this is all true.
The WSJ is now reporting about this rumor whom don't report on gaming rumors unless they know it's for certain.
Quote :Updated console would be announced before virtual-reality headset
The days of waiting six or more years between videogame-console releases are coming to an end.
Sony Corp. is planning to sell a more powerful version of its PlayStation 4 machine to handle higher-end game experiences, including virtual reality, people familiar with the matter said, while continuing production of its existing console
NeoGAF forum member, OsirisBlack, posted a mod-approved leak about the PS4.5/PS4K.
Quote :Price is currently $399.99 they were discussing a better CPU which would raise the price to $499.99 we were guaranteed the price will be no higher than $499.99 (He mentioned the CPU upgrade quite a bit almost as if they haven't really decided on a final spec could be a pricing issue.) also there is currently no plan for any type of trade in program for current PS4 users but that could change.
They stated that the GPU is twice as powerful as standard PS4 and much faster. They did not say exactly how fast but that is was running at a higher clock speed while being much smaller than the original.
It will have a 4k blu ray player and will upscale games that are not natively 4k.
Also there was talk of some sort of VR lounge for the media player app which is supposed to be getting a substantial upgrade.
It was stated plainly and with no room for interpretation that there are developers that already have development kits for the PS4K and that they are making games that will directly target and take advantage of the higher specs of the PS4K. It was also stated that these games will in fact work for the PS4 but with considerable sacrifices made to performance.
It was also made very clear that current games would not be getting any type of performance upgrades by being played on the system and any benefits to older games would come via patch per game and per developer. When asked if this was going to happen the response was "Its a possibility but doubtful with the exception of a handful of games."
We were also given a list of games that will be available at launch that will directly take advantage of the PS4K where the differences are and I will quote him "Significant."
For the PSVR
For the PS4K
Deep Down (Thought this was dead)
GOW4 (This was the exact abbreviation on the sheet I can only assume its god of war 4)
All games released in October and beyond will be required to have a NEO mode (games before that will need patches for NEO mode performance increase).
Quote :Throughout the documents, Sony repeatedly reminds developers that the frame rate of games in NEO Mode must meet or exceed the frame rate of the game on the original PS4 system.