Nowadays, all the major companies are announcing their new hardware, consoles and gadgets years before they actually make them available on the market. Not only that, they are always teasing the public with a photo of the upcoming console or gadget, some random gameplay footage running on that certain device, but usually give little to no information or specs regarding it, thus leaving all of us guessing how it would be and what new features and improvements it will bring. That’s mostly what er’re doing with the PS 4.5, PS4k, or PlayStation 4 NEO. See? they can’t even tell us the name for sure.
Sony have confirmed that the PS 4.5 will be releasing sometime around this holiday season, but have not said a single word about it at this year’s edition of E3. What we know, and that’s more like a no brainer, is that it will improve game graphics and performance of already existing games. There will be no new games made exclusively for the PS4k. The frame rate is said to improve drastically when you run demanding games on this new console.
The PS VR will be released in October, and Sony say the PlayStation 4 NEO will be totally compatible with it. Now, here are some numbers. Memory wise it is believed to jump from 8GB GDDR5 @ 176 GB/s to 8GB GDDR5 @ 218 GB/s, CPU from 1.6 Ghz to 2.1 GHz and GPU from AMD 18 CUs @ 800 MHz to AMD 36 CUs @ 911 MHz.
PlayStation 4 NEO will fully support 4K
Sony also say the PlayStation 4 Neo will have full 4K support, so it makes sense to buy it if you own or plan to buy a 4K TV. We don’t know anything for sure, but many say it will support 4K streaming on Amazon Video and Netflix. As for the price, Sony have already slashed that of the PS4 by 50$ to 350$. So the’re expected to slash it again by the same 50$ to 300$, before the new PS4.5 will release at around 450$.
With Nintendo also announcing the new NX console for next year, it will be interesting to see how the battle shapes, how much of our guesses about the PS4.5 will be accurate and what new features and improvements we might not know about they will surprise us with.