PlayStation 4K rumors keep mounting: 4K Blu-ray capacity and 2X GPU enhancement expected
Stephan Jukic – March 31, 2016
As we’ve already covered previously, there are lots of rumors swirling around about a new and upgraded PlayStation 4K edition coming out some time in mid-2016 or possibly later, though also quite possibly even before the expected October release of the PlayStation VR that Sony has publically announced.
Now, even more and more detailed information has come forward to us from a forum post at the NeoGAF forums website and it describes a device that definitely leans towards being a greatly enhanced PS4 with allowances for 4K games and possibly even 4K Blu-ray media playback.
According to the “PS4K information (~2x GPU power w/ clock+, new CPU, price, tent. Q1 2017)” post on the NeoGAF site forums, the price we can expect for the new PlayStation 4K will rise from $399.99 as it currently stands to a $499.99 MSRP. Furthermore, the forum poster claims that their source from an unspecified meeting about the upcoming PS4 upgrade guarantees a price no higher than $499.99.
Furthermore, there is mention of a CPU upgrade and no plans for any sort of trade-in program for users of the existing and three year old PS4 console. However, this might change as these discussions of a PlayStation 4K console develop further into a consumer reality for this year.
Most interestingly, the NeoGAF forum post also mentions that the upcoming PlayStation 4K will have a 4K UHD Blu-ray player and will also upscale certain games from HD resolution to 4K, though these last two details are only vaguely mentioned.
Furthermore, there was talk of a sort of “VR lounge” for the media player app, which is also supposed to get a considerable update.
According to the post, the PlayStation 4K will also receive a twofold increase in the power of its GPU –possibly to 4K processing levels-– along with overclocking capacity and is slated for release in the first quarter of 2017.
On the other hand, the details we’re getting from the forum post at NeoGAF are rather vague and there is also the simple fact that Sony’s supposed plans don’t quite square with their previous policies on new console releases, going all the way back to the first PlayStation in the beginning of the 2000’s.
If the PS4K or PlayStation 5 or however it ends up being called indeed comes out in late 2016 or early 2017, it will be emerging after only three years of the PlayStation 4’s status as Sony’s best gaming console. Previous timeframes for new PlayStation releases have run to 5 or 6 years and development of a new console is indeed a time-consuming process, particularly for such a greatly enhanced console like the one we’re getting the outlines of.
However, 4K technology is indeed becoming a serious part of the gaming landscape and consumer technology development tends to grow almost logarithmically so the considerably more powerful 4K PlayStation may indeed be on the horizon for this year.
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