According to the report from Kotaku, Sony has plans on releasing a new version of the PS4 with increased graphical power and games running at 4K resolution. It is unknown whether new version will be provided to all current PS4 users or you’ll just have to but the new device.
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.
New version is said to be match to powerful PCs for PlayStation VR to compete with Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Sony is currently sticking to “no comment” response, so there’s no official information as of this moment.
The circle of people who knew about this upgraded PS4 was small until recently. I first heard about the device from one trusted source, then two. Kotaku’s Jason Schreier and Stephen Totilo were also able to independently verify the existence of these hardware plans with their own developer sources, although some of the details have been vague; one source told us that the device felt “exploratory” and that it may not even be released this year.
We’ve also heard that at this week’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Sony held meetings with developers about the hardware and how it would work. As we were chasing down this story, coincidentally, Kotaku UK EIC Keza MacDonald overheard some developers casually talking about the machine while on line at GDC. They mentioned the name ‘PS4.5’ and discussed its increased horsepower, mentioning both 4K resolution and PlayStation VR.
Previously, we talked about the similar new ideas from Xbox. Phil Spencer mentioned the idea of updating console the way PC’s hardware is upgraded. It seems that your current consoles are getting too old for new games. Share your thoughts on the possible upgrades in the comments below.