Earlier this year, rumors began to fly that Sony would release an upgraded version of the PlayStation 4, a console often called the PS4.5 or the PS4K by fans and press. Today, multiple sources have confirmed for us details of the project, which is internally referred to as the NEO. No price was provided, but previous reports indicate that the NEO would sell at $399. At time of publishing, Sony has not returned our request for comment, but we will update this story if the company responds.
The NEO will feature a higher clock speed than the original PS4, an improved GPU, and higher bandwidth on the memory. The documents we’ve received note that the HDD in the NEO is the same as that in the original PlayStation 4, but it’s not clear if that means in terms of capacity or connection speed. Starting in October, every PS4 game is required to ship with both a “Base Mode” which will run on the currently available PS4 and a “NEO Mode” for use on the new console.
I’m not sure what to think of this. It just feels like this wouldn’t go down well with consumers who just bought a regular PS4, and developers would have to actually worry about all of this, do additional testing, possibly extra coding, and so on. It feels needlessly convoluted, especially since the PS4 isn’t that old to begin with.
Meanwhile, Microsoft claims it isn’t interested in doing this, but you can bet your vanilla red pinky that Microsoft would follow suit in a heartbeat if this turns out to be a success.
As someone who never owned a console, can someone explain the appeal of a console compared to a PC?
It seems to me that the PC wins on almost every possible angle one might have.
– cheaper: software and nowadays even hardware.
– upgradable: just replace the RAM or GPU when you need it.
– extendible: different controllers, cameras, gadgets
– more versatile: can also be used as a HTPC, server of web browsing machine.
– more choice in software.
Only disadvantage I can think off is that the PC isn’t really a ‘turn-key’ living room device, though nowadays PCs are just as small and fast bootable as a console.
This upgrade is making the point for PCs too I think as it shows that consoles are often behind the curve on the hardware front a few years after they are initially released.