Sony could be working on an upgraded version of its PlayStation 4 console, a “PS 4.5”, according to Kotaku. This new version will have an increased graphical power, enhanced PS VR experience and will run games at 4K resolution, that’s about 4 times the resolution of the current PlayStation 4 system.
For now it is unclear if current PS4 owners will be able to upgrade or if they’ll have to buy an entirely new device to benefit from this upgrade. Kotaku also reports that Sony has started briefing developers concerning the new development;
Based on conversations with developers who have spoken with Sony, this ‘PS4.5’ will include an upgraded GPU both to support high-end 4K resolution for games and add more processing power that can enhance the games supported by PlayStation VR, the headset Sony will launch this fall. It’s unclear if ‘PS4.5’ is an official name or just a nickname that developers have been using. One developer jokingly called it the ‘PS4K’ while telling me about the device.
When contacted Sony refused to make a comment on this;
We can’t comment on rumors or speculation
But if its true, it will add more to the way games are played, an upgraded PlayStation 4 system such as this will match up against high end PCs.
Microsoft is also working on something similar to this, as a matter of fact Phil Spencer spoke about introducing iterative improvements to the Xbox One hardware during a spring showcase for Microsoft games.
We look at these other ecosystems out there like mobile, tablet and PC and we see that they have a very continuous evolution cycle in hardware, whereas between console generations most of the evolution is making it cheaper and potentially making it smaller.
Like all other speculations, one isn’t certain of the outcome of this yet, lets keep our fingers crossed.
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.