Update 2 (4/19/16): Last night, Eurogamer confirmed Giant Bomb’s information, stating that they have access to the same documentation. Eurogamer confirms in the article that the PS4 and PS4K/Neo SKUs will coexist in the market and play all of the same games. Their analysis shows a 1.3x CPU boost, a 2.3x GPU boost, and a 24% increase in memory bandwidth. One curious part of Eurogamer’s story is that the dev kits will be shipping with the same, Blu-Ray drive rather than a UHD-Compatible drive. If this limits the console’s ability to play 4K Blu Ray discs, it takes away one of the biggest selling points for me. With development kits heading out to studios and Sony riding into E3 like Jack Sparrow, hopefully we won’t have to wait much longer for a full reveal.
Update (4/18/16): Giant Bomb has confirmed some new details about the “PS4K” through its sources. First of all, the console is code named “Neo.” Some leaked specs show that Neo will have a faster CPU clock speed and a significantly improved GPU. Although the Neo doesn’t require 4K native rendering for games, Sony will encourage developers to aim for it. The hardware will upscale to a 4K display resolution for games that aren’t able to hit it natively. The leaked documents also show that Neo will exist alongside the original PS4 and that Sony will place limits on developers to prevent Neo-only games or features. All games must reside within the same space on PSN as well. In other words, no special Neo-only game modes or multiplayer servers. Based on this leak, it sounds like Sony’s path will align with at least some of my must-haves below. Do these leaks help to sell you on the PS4K? Let us know in the comments below!
Original Post (4/15/16): Over the past month, rumors of a mid-cycle hardware upgrade to the PS4 have been popping up all over the internet. It all started at GDC when Kotaku started hearing from their sources about the potential hardware revision. At the time, much of the story focused around better performance for PlayStation VR games as well as displaying games in 4K resolution. As a result, the hardware became dubbed the “PS4K.”
Since the story initially broke, gamers have been hungry for more info on the mysterious new PlayStation. Many current PS4 owners feel like this will force them to upgrade hardware earlier than the typical console cycle would mandate. Others are excited by the thought of buying into a premium PS4 experience. Among the divisive forum discussions between these groups, one question seems to be coming up more often than the rest: Can Sony release a mid-cycle hardware refresh without destroying the good will it has built under the PS4 brand?