It know it has been a little bit since I’ve last posted anything. Nevertheless, there has been quite a bit of news in the PS4 front and so I plan to just get right to it.
I have posted in the past about rumors suggesting Sony could be planning an upgraded PS4 of sorts that will be capable of supporting 4k resolution games as well as higher frame rates. I’ve also mentioned my opinions on the idea and what Sony should do if they decided to release such a system.
Well things have heated up and very strong rumors are being released stating that Sony is going to release such a system and it is going to be code named Neo. It will have beefier specs in order to accommodate 4k gaming and better support for VR according to some rumors, but others point out that is being done in such a way that it won’t split the user base.
I still have my reservations about it, but Sony will supposedly not make 4k resolution a major requirement on the new version of the PS4. Plus the rumors are suggestion that the new PS4 mode is not a replacement for the “base” PS4 model which is what everyone has right now.
It still makes me wonder how Sony will not split the fan base, but hopefully they’ll offer some upgrade option for those who have a PS4 and want to get the newer more powerful model.
I can tell you right now that I would certainly want to get the more powerful version, but something else would have to happen first before I could get the supposed new PS4. First of all, I do not have a 4k television.
I have a 1080p LED television right now and it makes me happy with its resolution, but 4k televisions are making big inroads right now especially since prices for them have dropped dramatically over the last couple of years. They are definitely finding their ways into living rooms a lot more these days.
That will mean if I get the “Neo” PS4 then I would inevitably want to get a 4k television to enjoy the games released for the system that will support 4k resolution. That right there means I would probably have to spend $400 or more for a decent 4k tv and after having bought a 42″ 1080p Vizio just a couple of years ago, not sure I’m ready to plunk down more money for another television so soon especially having to spend money on an upgraded PS4.
If you’re wondering about the specs of what the “Neo” will be like, here is an excerpt from an article over at Gamespot that shows the possible internal components compared to the original PS4:
|CPU||8 Jaguar Cores at 1.6 GHz||8 Jaguar Cores at 2.1 GHz (Neo)|
|GPU||AMD GCN, 18 CUs at 800 MHz||Improved AMD GCN, 36 CUs at 911 MHz|
|Memory||8 GB GDDR5, 176 GB/s||8 GB GDDR5, 218 GB/s|
As you can see above, the “Neo” PS4 system will have the same amount of cores, but with higher processor speed and a stronger GPU and more bandwith for memory as well. This would certainly make it easier to have beefier graphics of 4k resolution and possibly higher frame rates.
Sony has not officially said anything about a new PS4 model or even a release date, but there are so many strong indicators that the company has big plans to released such a model and make an official statement about it soon.
As always, check back here for new updates on the possible new PS4 system that could be coming this year. It is only heating up now and I’m sure a lot more rumors and possibly something official from Sony is imminent. What are your thoughts on this?