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Sony claims 4K PS4 “Neo” won’t shorten PS4 life cycle

by on June 23, 2016

Stephan Jukic – June 23, 2016

Fans of the Sony PlayStation game console shouldn’t worry too much about a shorter PS4 lifecycle regardless of the news about the impending arrival of the new PS 4K Neo next generation console.

Worldwide head of Sony gaming development, Shuhei Yoshida has recently stated that the new “high-end PS4 [the 4K Neo] is still a PS4, so the life cycle is not going to be shorter”.

In other words, the new console is going to integrate smoothly with the games of the older console and vice versa to a large extent. In any case the PS 4K Neo is not the full next generation gaming console that we can expect from Sony. This device will more likely be the PS5, slated for release at some point in 2018 or 2019. The PlayStation 4K is more of an update to the current PS4 than anything else, even if it comes loaded with quite a few new features.

Sony is planning on releasing the PS 4K at some point in 2016 or early 2017 but the company and Yoshida are close lipped about release date details, at least so far. Yoshida himself states that Sony simply isn’t ready to speak further about the PS 4K console quite yet, that the company will reveal more when “we have enough information on preparation”.

The upcoming 4K PlayStation Neo will definitely benefit 4K TV owners and gamers alike, with expected features like enhanced GPU and CPU power, a new smart design, a more compact body and 4K video playback capacity which includes access to streaming UHD content and the ability to play back 4K Blu-ray media discs, making the PS “Neo” into what will likely be Sony’s first effective UHD Blu-ray player as well.

As for the Sony PS 4K’s main rival, the Microsoft Xbox “Scorpio” console that we can also expect in 2017, Yoshida has said that he was surprised by Microsoft’s announcement of the 4K-capable Scorpio and that he finds it “super interesting”.

The rivalry between PlayStation and Xbox will carry over into 2017, but Xbox looks like it might win this round

The rivalry between PlayStation and Xbox will carry over into 2017, but Xbox looks like it might win this round

The Microsoft Project Scorpio device is expected by many to be the most powerful gaming console ever created when it goes on sale, with a reputed 6 teraflops of GPU and support for full 4K gaming as well as virtual reality and 4K movie content playback for the next generations of TVs that we can expect to emerge next year.

Sony’s PlayStation Neo with 4K capacity will most likely come out before Microsoft’s Scorpio console and will also almost certainly not offer anywhere near the same game processing power for actual 4K gaming. Instead, the Neo will offer its support for 4K video playback while sticking to gaming in HD resolution.

Most speculation among tech watchers indicates a late 2016 release for the Neo, possibly after key gaming industry events like the Tokyo Game Show in September.

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