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PlayStation 4K rumors keep mounting: 4K Blu-ray capacity and 2X GPU enhancement expected

by on March 31, 2016
 

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.

The rumors for the 4K PlayStation 4.5 indicate 4K Blu-ray disc capacity

The rumors for the 4K PlayStation 4.5 indicate 4K Blu-ray disc capacity

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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  • Ivan Rivera
    April 1, 2016 at 11:26 am

    Twice the GPU capacity isn’t enough for good 4K gaming quality. The current PS4 can barely do 1080p well. If it does come with extra GPU muscle, it might be able to run some games at higher resolutions internally (not quite 4K) and scale it to UHD res for the display.

    If someone can build a console with the equivalent of an R9 Fury Nano GPU, then that might be worth looking at for true 4K gaming capability.

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  • 4kdog
    April 5, 2016 at 6:04 am

    Guys the chances of Sony releasing a console with 2x the GPU power are very slim, and it is very likely that this will just be a 4k media content upgrade. The GPU may get a small boost to account for VR, but to play 4k games it would at good frame-rates it would need to be 4x more powerful than it currently is (as 4s is 4x the resolution of 4k)… and that would even then provide only the same details levels as now in 1080p, just in 4k.

    In short: if you apply basic logic instead of focussing on clickbait then 4k gaming doesn’t make any sense, and It would be nice to see writers really think about that kid of thing and show some analytical thinking when writing these articles,

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  • 4kdog
    April 5, 2016 at 6:05 am

    “as 4k is 4x the resolution of 1080p”, I meant.

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  • me
    April 25, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    I thought 4k viewing is really just 1080p x 2 … 2160p baby!

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  • meToo
    May 3, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    The pixel count is doubled in TWO dimensions.

    Since 2×2=4 the pixel count of 4k is 4x of HD so 4x the work to render/display it.

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  • Hottigro
    May 26, 2016 at 11:45 am

    4k is not hard for the current hardware. The limitation is in the hdmi 1.4 port.

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  • Cory
    June 6, 2016 at 10:09 am

    You must be eating crow with those nearly-confirmed reports of the PS4K using an underclocked RX 480.

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