After reports of upgraded console leaked last month, Sony decided to confirm the upcoming 4k version of PS4 as 'Neo.' It is expected to be unveiled before the launching of PlayStation VR. As the name suggests, it will contain 4k graphics and other features that will surely elevate the gaming experience of players. Here's what we know about PS4K release date, specs, and updates.
Sony's upgraded PS4 console will feature 4K resolution. It is an ultimate high definition console that offers a resolution of 3840 pixels x 2160 lines. The Verge reported the increased power of Neo PS4 would make it easier to run graphic-intensive VR games. The upcoming version is expected to feature 8 Jaguar Cores at 2.1 GHz, Improved AMD GCN, 36 CUs at 911 MHz, and a memory of 8GB GDDR5, 218 GB/s. It is also said that it will have a higher clock speed than the original version.
Furthermore, PS4 games will be required to support both "Base Mode" for original PS4 and "Neo Mode" for the new console starting in October. According to a Giant Bomb report, games that will be in Neo mode will have the chance to use hardware upgrades. The upgraded hardware will also help the gameplay to have higher visual fidelity and stable frame rate.
However, it is reported that game is not required to be a 4K Native. Sony confirmed that there will be no Neo-only games. The tech company will also not allow developers to separate Neo users from original PS4 players on PSN. They repeatedly stated that there will be no special unlockable or exclusive gameplay option for Neo players. Hence, the upgraded console will not overthrow the original PS4. It has also said that Neo PS4 will exist alongside the current console. They will be enabled to connect and use the same user environment. The new upgraded PS4 will have the same online communities, same user experience, and the same cross media bar.
With that being said, the upcoming console will just offer enhancements on graphic and hardware capabilities.
As for other updates about Neo PS4, it is rumored to arrive in October. According to Wall Street Journal, the 4k machine will be on gaming shelves before the PlayStation VR lands on October 31. The price is not yet confirmed, but some tech websites reported that it would be retailed for $399.