Earlier on we spoke about a rumor from Kotaku stating that an upgraded PlayStation 4 is being planned by Sony Computer Entertainment. The new PS machine will have an increased graphical power and will be capable of playing current and next-generation games at 4K spec, that’s about 4 times the resolution of the current PlayStation 4 system.
Eurogamer has confirmed this report, stating that Sony’s R&D labs have a prototype of the PlayStation 4.5, the device has been referred to as PlayStation 4K by several sources. According to Eurogamer, the PlayStation 4K is likely to use recent generation of microprocessor, the new 14/16nm microprocessor manufacturing technology, these microprocessors are known for their great computational power and are better than the previous 28nm microprocessor. With this recent microprocessor technology, one could expect the the PS 4K to be a smaller version of the existing hardware.
Here are 3 different options presented by Eurogamer from the one featuring the most powerful and expensive PlayStation 4.5 to the cheapest possible upgrade.
Option #1 – A new and more powerful PlayStation
- An APU with a higher-end Polaris would push graphics on – a 2x performance boost in GPU power compared to PS4 is achievable in a console form-factor. Possibly more – we really need to see the desktop PC equivalent parts first.
- By default, Polaris has support for 4K, HDMI 2.0, HDCP 2.2 and HDR.
- Console would not be cheap owing to the size of the processor – conceivably on par with PS4’s £359/$399 launch price.
- Possibly higher depending on how much Sony pushes the boat out in terms of processor size and memory allocation.
- This PS4K could co-exist with a cheaper ‘PS4 Slim’ based on the older APU, again using 14nm/16nm technology.
Option #2 – PlayStation 4 evolved
- We’d see a new PlayStation playing host to the same titles as the current one, but with visual improvements.
- Conceivably, older games may run more smoothly by default, or could be patched to access the newer hardware.
- Resolution could be pushed beyond 1080p and could look good on a 4K screen, but native UHD visuals for triple-A titles are off the table.
- Wouldn’t be as expensive as the first option.
- State-of-the-art 4K media support, but harder to sell to all but the most hardcore gamers.
Option #3 – Minor enhancements
- Full compatibility with 4K screens, including next-gen media.
- Complete ‘no worries’ compatibility with existing PlayStation 4 library.
- HDR support for gaming on 4K displays – even if gaming resolution remains at 1080p.
- Opportunity to lower cost as 14/16nm chips become cheaper.
- Unlikely to alienate the existing userbase – any performance upgrade would be more ‘nice to have’ as opposed to essential.
Microsoft’s Phil Spencer spoke about introducing iterative improvements to the Xbox One hardware during a spring showcase for Microsoft games, with the company planning an upgraded Xbox One, Sony wouldn’t want to be left behind, especially as it intends to remain ahead in terms of performance among consoles. PlayStation 4K would probably be released next year, who knows, it could also be showcased during E3 or Gamescom this year.
Would you prefer PlayStation 4K to a high-end gaming PC? let us know what you think.
Sony Corporation was founded by Masaru Ibuka, Akio Morita. The Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation is headquartered in Kōnan Minato, Tokyo, Japan. Its diversified business includes consumer and professional electronics, gaming, entertainment and financial services. It’s latest console, the PlayStation 4 (PS4) is a home video game console developed by it’s subsidiary, Sony Computer Entertainment. It was launched on November 15, 2013 in North America, and November 29, 2013 in Europe, South America and Australia. It competes with Microsoft’s Xbox One, as part of the eighth generation of video game consoles.