Sony Confirms More Powerful PS4 in Development, But It Won't Be at E3

Codenamed PS4 Neo, the new 4K-capable machine is on the way and will be sold alongside the standard system.

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A more powerful version of the PlayStation 4--referred to previously as everything from the PS4.5 to PS4K to PS4 Neo--is indeed in the works, Sony has confirmed. However, it won't be showcased at the upcoming E3, as was widely expected.

The new system is codenamed Neo and will feature improved graphics and support for 4K resolution, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Andrew House told the Financial Times. A release date was not announced.

"It is intended to sit alongside and complement the standard PS4," he said. "We will be selling both [versions] through the life cycle."

A price for Neo was not announced, though House said it would be higher than that of the standard PS4. However, he didn't say the existing PS4 would remain at its current $350 price, which would leave open the door for the Neo to assume that $350 spot.

House also didn't share the specific hardware it will be equipped with, making it difficult to get a sense of how much it will cost to Sony to produce. Whatever the case, the new system will not be sold at a loss out of the gate.

Neo won't be unveiled at E3, as Sony is looking to ensure it has "a full range of the best experiences on the new system that [it] can showcase in their entirety."

There's no word on any changes to the standard DualShock 4, pictured above
There's no word on any changes to the standard DualShock 4, pictured above

He also offered reassurances that existing PS4 owners won't find themselves unable to play future games.

"All games will support the standard PS4 and we anticipate all or a very large majority of games will also support the high-end PS4," House explained.

One concern that has emerged among reports of more powerful PS4 (and Xbox One) hardware is the burden that will place on developers. House claimed it will only require a "small but manageable" amount of work to get a game working on both the old and new PS4 consoles.

"The consumer is attuned to a different cadence of innovation in technology thanks in great part for the upgrades cadence on mobile phones or PCs," House said of this new strategy to offer a more powerful version of the same system.

Reports of the system first emerged in March, and have been followed by a number of other rumors regarding its power and the fact that dev kits were on the way to developers.

Microsoft's E3 press conference is scheduled for this coming Monday, June 13, where it may choose to reveal its new version of the Xbox One. If a previous report is accurate, that system will be significantly more powerful than this new iteration of the PS4.

Sony's E3 press conference takes place on June 13 at 6 PM PT.

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FonsiCastroL

I can see console developers updgrading the machines for more future generations to come, I agree with it, but, the right thing to do at least in my opinion would be that they received the old console in an exchange for a discount on the newer machine

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TacticaI

"The consumer is attuned to a different cadence of innovation in technology thanks in great part for the upgrades cadence on mobile phones or PCs," House said of this new strategy to offer a more powerful version of the same system.

In other words, more people are spending their money, more often on incremental upgrades in these other segments, so why not consoles? I don't know if I'm just being cynical or what, but until we have more information, I am not a fan of this approach.

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bigbadcrawford

Who thinks the NEO will do 4k native gaming, on par or even close to the GTX 1080? I think it won't. Harsh raj below thinks it will and that thinking otherwise makes someone retarded.

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JoeSchmoe

@bigbadcrawford: You think a GTX 1080 can do serious 4K gaming at 60fps+? We're not there yet methinks.

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TacticaI

@bigbadcrawford: Claims to spend 4,000 on recent upgrades to game @4K, but then claims in the next sentence consoles will probably support native 4K gaming by the end of next year. I can't believe you entertained that bullshit.

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bigbadcrawford

@TacticaI What the lying donkey fails to realise is in India you don't pay in dollars. You would pay in rupees. Lol.

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bigbadcrawford

@TacticaI: lol So true. I think Frodo is a fantasist.

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Snail60

Totally of topic, but... what is the game at 1:00 in the video? The one with the Dragon.

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CBMFellows

@snail60: Deep Down.

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p1p3dream

This is a pretty dumb idea. Every time a console maker tries to do one of these 0.5 version upgrade consoles it crashes and burns and turns out to be kind of a waste of R&D money for the company. Sega CD, Sega 32X, Super Nintendo CD, and many other weird obscure things you've probably not heard of because they all fell on their faces. Sony isn't exactly in a position to just waste money on stupid shit, I'm really surprised the management green lighted this crazy concept.

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Otterbee

IMHO, I think this is not good. As much as they can say this won't segment their community, I have a feeling that as time goes on, it will. I think the *theory* is that developers will be able to code a game for both systems, and then when played on the newer system it will take advantage of the more powerful hardware. Practically speaking, I think they'll find that's not going to happen. Next thing you know, it'll end up like the 3DS and the new 3DS, where there will be games that only play on the newer hardware. And that's just bad business.

I'm certainly not interested in the new PS4 hardware upon initial release. I typically get about 5 years out of a console before it goes t*ts up on me. I'm still on my original PS4, day one system. So, when/if that one gives up the ghost on me, and I have to buy a new one, then I'll just buy the new one at that time. Assuming it has been released. Who knows, it could be that this PS4 goes before the new hardware is released...then I'll really have a difficult decision to make.

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Gomtor

@otterbee: Even if they make games for both, it will be developed for the new system and ported to the old system, leaving us with sub-par games.

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jumalan75

Both consoles sucked for next gen... Hope they push each other's specs for their remakes... I'd like to go back to Xbox again if their Scorpio is VR ready and teraflopping all over the place....

But Xbox sucked way more. Games and power... End of argument

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bigbadcrawford

Also anybody who thinks the next Xbox will be capable of 6 teraflops is talking crap

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crazysav69

@bigbadcrawford: You know how big Microsoft is right?
They can do whatever they feel like doing.
In fact they could even take a big fat shit and bury Sony to be never found again.
MS can literally dump money into a profit less 6 teraflop console continuously.
Sony, unfortunately for them, doesn't have this luxury.

Not sayin' I have an XBoner, but just sayin' the truth.

PCMR

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JoeSchmoe

@crazysav69: True, but money can't buy everything; they might not be able to beat the physical limitations of the die at 14nm. Hence, the 6TF target may be for 2018-2019 in 11nm, while Sony does a release before in 14nm for VR, and one again in 11nm a couple years later.

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bigbadcrawford

@crazysav69: xboner alert

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bigbadcrawford

@crazysav69: who cares how big a company is unless you are set to gain financially from it. Its like if I buy kellogs cereal and you buy a smart price equivalent, I dont brag about how my cereal company could bury yours in its own excrement, do I? Why do you feel the need? Are you an insecure person?

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crazysav69

@bigbadcrawford: I'm stating a fact, you're a Sony Fanboy and operating on emotion rather than logic.
Microsoft has dumped lots of money into profitless endeavors.
e.g.: Zune, Surface, original Xbox, Microsoft Kin, Kinect XBone, etc.

So, before you, as a Sony Fanboy defend your extra special company

"Its like if I buy kellogs cereal and you buy a smart price equivalent"
It's nothing like that.
Toasty O's are by far inferior to the General Mills brand.
The Xbox and Playstation are 2 name brand systems that pretty much cost the same.
It would be like me saying I buy Buy an Amazon Fire TV over a Playstation to save money.

"I dont brag about how my cereal company could bury yours in its own excrement, do I?"
I'm simply stating how much larger Microsoft is as a company than Sony is.
It has nothing to do with either the sales or the quality of the Video game consoles produced by those companies.
Good luck trying to bury Kellogg or General Mills.

"Why do you feel the need? Are you an insecure person?"
I think we all are sometimes, but never around Fanboys.

PCMR

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JoeSchmoe

@bigbadcrawford: Why? This is interesting.

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bigbadcrawford

@joeschmoe: look at expensive PC hardware at the moment. 6 teraflops console hardware would be expensive at a price point for console consumers it wouldn't do well. I think 2.5 teraflops would be a more realistic upgrade. Microsoft could afford it thats not in question, but its ridiculous for the console market in the near future.

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JoeSchmoe

@bigbadcrawford: I thought you were going to refer me to an article about die size issues. Physical limitations could be an actual limitation to TF potential as it was for both XBone and PS4 at launch.

My guess is Sony never planned for PS4K to to release this year; their stuff was legitimately leaked. If MS claims it can get 6TFs then perhaps it's during to jump down to 11nm around 2018-2019, while PS4K releases a year or two earlier in 14nm process. If Sony does a 11nm 6+TF revamp, this could become a war of escalation...