Distributor accidentally leaks release date for the PlayStation 4K “Neo”

by on May 17, 2016

Stephan Jukic – May 17, 2016

As we’ve covered several times on this website here and here, Sony is almost certainly working on the 2016 release of a new PlayStation with 4K capability which can be sort of considered a PlayStation 4.5 or PlayStation 4K or the PlayStation “Neo” depending on which specific name rumors you believe.

Well aside from assorted speculative details on the specs for this almost certainly upcoming new PS platform, we’ve also now apparently got a concrete release date leak from one of Sony’s distribution partners.

According to the latest, the website shared information out of a press release from the consumer technology distributor Innelec Multimedia in which confidential information about the release of the PS4K may have accidentally been included.

According to the French website, the PlayStation 4K “Neo” (apparently what it’s being called by insiders at Sony), will be unveiled officially to the consumer public sometime between April and September of 2016.


Now, that information is still a bit vague even if it’s a “confidential information leak” and we can already rule out April as a possible release date seeing as how it’s now behind us but this still leaves the possibility that the release leak is indeed real and will apply over the next 4.5 months left according to the range of possible months mentioned.

So we’re left looking at a possible May, June, July, August or September release date and if the leak is true, this means that the PS4K or PS4.5 will be hitting the shelves before the PlayStation VR, which Sony has already been officially confirmed for an October 2016 release.

What if any direct connection the PSVR and the PS4.5 will have is still unknown, other than the obvious fact that they both serve the same Sony consumer gaming market.

Now that these rumors have slipped out from the supposed Innelec press release leak, the distribution company has of course gone on the counteroffensive, releasing a formal statement in which

“Innelec denies any official information about the launch of the PS4K Neo. It is possible that during 2016/2017 fiscal developments exist on the current PS4 [but] for the moment we have no information about the nature of them.”

This more formal statement from Innelec Multimedia may indeed be true but many tech watchers seem to be unconvinced and consider the latter statement to be a cover-up by the company over an accidental slip of real PS4K release information.


So far, among the possible target dates for the release of the 4K PlayStation console, the most likely possible candidate is June, since this is when the “E3” Electronic Entertainment Expo kicks off and it’s at this event that Sony looks like it’s most likely to spring something like the PlayStation 4K “Neo”, for a subsequent shipping start date sometime between July and September. Games that have been optimized for the 4K Neo version of the PS4 would also likely emerge in those two months if all of the above pans out.

As we’ve covered previously, the PlayStation 4K/4.5/Neo is expected to come with greatly enhanced CPU, GPU, clock speed along with higher memory bandwidth, and will include support for 4K resolution at least to some degree. The most reputable current rumors about the platform also indicate support for 4K Blu-ray disc media, making the console into a sort of Hybrid gaming console and Sony 4K Blu-ray disc player.

We’ll keep you updated on any further developments for the Sony PlayStation 4K Neo as they emerge.

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  • Silvercloak
    May 18, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    Meh – So far this generation of consoles has not convinced me that consoles are a valid alternative to a computer. If anything I’m more convinced than ever that my PS4 purchase is the last console I’ll ever buy from Sony. As for the XCrock I don’t think i’ll ever buy one again.


    • Graham
      May 20, 2016 at 2:52 am

      It’s a bit more basic than that – everything about the current generation of consoles has been to take pretty much off the shelf PC components. Sure, they’ve got a dedicated OS, that optimises to the task of running one game at a time, and tries to give as much hardware over to the game as possible.

      But fundamentally, they are PCs. Sony are showing they can launch upgraded consoles, just like we can upgrade the GPU / CPU of our PCs.

      Consoles have some advantages – they are easier to set up. Easier to maintain. They are smaller. But that’s pretty much where it stops now. They are quite noisy, and I can build a quieter PC. They have relatively outdated hardware, so it’s not hugely more expensive to build a comparable machine – and with a PC you can build something much better. PC games are often cheaper and generally have much better sales. PC games have a history of long term compatibility that consoles don’t.


    • Shaun
      May 21, 2016 at 8:32 am

      I am in the process of building a brand new $3,800 desktop computer, complete with the new Intel i7 Broadwell-e, 64GB of Ram, 3 massive PCI-e solid state drives and the new Nvidia GTX 1080. That said, I LOVE my consoles (all 5 of them), and if the new PS4K includes an 4K Blu-ray player, I will be preordering it at least a month in advance. I still do not understand why people who think they are real gamers are so quick to dismiss consoles. It very much seems quite silly to me. PS: I’ve conducted plenty of blind tests with visitors at my house and 19 out of the 34 said the XB1 had graphics and picture quality that was slightly better than my PS4. Of course they were always shocked after i reveled which system was which.


  • Brad
    May 18, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    Whaaaaa? /s

    No kidding–I could have leaked that.


  • G
    May 22, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Unveiled =/= Released.

    The leak said it would be unveiled to the public within those dates. Not that it would be released.


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