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    Default Sony is working on a ‘PlayStation 4.5’

    Sony is currently planning a new version of the PS4 with increased graphical power and games running at 4K resolution, developer sources tell Kotaku.

    We don’t know whether current PS4 owners will be able to upgrade or if they’ll have to buy an entirely new device to benefit from this power boost, but from what we hear, Sony has started briefing developers.

    Based on conversations with developers who have spoken with Sony, this ‘PS4.5’ will include an upgraded GPU both to support high-end 4K resolution for games and add more processing power that can enhance the games supported by PlayStation VR, the headset Sony will launch this fall.

    We’ve also heard that at this week’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Sony held meetings with developers about the hardware and how it would work.

    They mentioned the name ‘PS4.5’ and discussed its increased horsepower, mentioning both 4K resolution and PlayStation VR.

    Our sources aren’t sure when this upgraded machine will ship to consumers, nor how much it will cost.

    There are still lots of big questions surrounding the device.

    Will Sony allow people to trade in their existing PS4s to buy the new machine?

    How will developers cope with releasing games on multiple types of hardware?

    Could some games only support PS4.5, as is the case with the New Nintendo 3DS? When this PS4 goes on sale, will Sony continue to sell old PS4 hardware at a lower price? How can Sony manage all this without fragmenting the market?

    Right now, we don’t have the answer to those questions.

    Sony is exploring the possibility of releasing a more powerful console way before the PlayStation 5.
    Source: kotaku

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    At least they don't have to buy the new system just to play the games

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    The PS4K codenamed NEO will feature a higher clock speed than the original PS4, an improved GPU, and higher bandwidth on the memory.

    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.

    Games running in NEO mode will be able to use the hardware upgrades (and an additional 512 MiB in the memory budget) to offer increased and more stable frame rate and higher visual fidelity, at least when those games run at 1080p on HDTVs. The NEO will also support 4K image output, but games themselves are not required to be 4K native.

    The NEO will not supplant the current PS4, but will exist alongside of it and use the same user environment.

    The PS4 and NEO will use the same PSN store, connect to the same online communities, and offer the same user experience, so expect to see the same cross media bar that you’re used to. Players will be able to retain all of the purchases they made on the PS4.

    Sony seems committed to keeping the NEO and the original PS4 player bases connected.

    As such, there will be no NEO-only games, and Sony will not let developers separate NEO users from original PS4 players while playing on PSN.

    Likewise, Sony explicitly and repeatedly states that developers cannot offer exclusive gameplay options or special unlockables for NEO players—so don’t expect NEO owners to get a level editor or a special Rocket League car that you won’t have access to on your original PS4.

    That said, so long as both systems have the same feature, the NEO can run an improved version. A local co-op game that features four players on the base PS4 could offer an eight player co-op mode on the NEO, for instance.
    Source: giantbomb

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