It’s official, the PlayStation 4.5 “Neo” is coming and with 4K UHD support
Stephan Jukic – June 10, 2016
After quite a whirlwind of back and forth rumors on the PS4.5 and 4K support, speculation and leak announcements, many of which we’ve covered here on 4K.com in the past weeks, much of the doubt can finally come to an end. The PlayStation 4.5 or Neo or PlayStation 4K as it’s been called over the past several weeks by different writers, has been confirmed by Sony Interactive Entertainment, and yes, it’s coming with 4K UHD support.
On Friday June 10, Sony Interactive president Andrew House, told the Financial Times that a “high-end” version of the existing PS4 is definitely in the works and that it would be coming with 4K ultra HD resolution, more powerful graphics support and some heavily improved processing power as well.
According to House, the upcoming PS4 upgrade ““It is intended to sit alongside and complement the standard PS4. We will be selling both [versions] through the life cycle.”
The new PS4 upgrade is indeed code-named “Neo” by Sony developers and House stated that he believes it will attract a following of hardcore gamers at first. Furthermore, the Sony Interactive President confirmed that the new version of the PS4 will cost more than its current flagship predecessor, which retails for $350 as of this writing.
One part of the rumors leading up to this official Sony confirmation that doesn’t pan out however is the PS “Neo” 4K’s release date. According to House, upgraders will have to wait a little longer than they might like to really get a more detailed look at what will be inside “PS Neo”. Instead of showcasing their new console at the upcoming E3 2016 event next week, Sony will wait for a still unannounced period of time before unveiling the PS 4K, mainly because the company wishes to “ensure we have a full range of the best experiences on the new system that we can showcase in their entirety”, according to the Sony Interactive president.
It has also been clarified that the successor console to the current PS4 will offer full support for almost all games which are also supported on the existing PS4 and vice versa. Both consoles will also offer support for the PlayStation VR headset system which is coming in October of 2016.
House also explained that development of new games for the new 4K console is in progress right now and will require a “small but manageable” amount of extra work before these also highly anticipated games are ready for what is supposed to be a mostly seamless release.
However, while Sony has confirmed the PS4.5’s existence and 4K support for the console, there is still plenty that the company isn’t yet revealing about the upcoming console. Sony hasn’t given any firm release date for the PS4 Neo and they also haven’t stated a specific retail price for the device. Furthermore, details on the exact processing power, GPU specs and other hardware specifics remain hazy. One set of source documents, courtesy of the website Giantbomb.com do however indicate an upgraded octa-core processor running at 2.1GHz and an enhanced GPU along with faster RAM.
Additionally, we have no clear information about the specific nature of the 4K UHD specs around the upcoming PS4K “Neo” console. This means uncertainty about its connectivity, the extent of its 4K capacity (will it cover only 4K video streaming and possibly offer a 4K Blu-ray disc player) or if the new PlayStation will also support HDR 4K video and gaming.
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