Sony Reportedly Working on New PS4 That Delivers ‘Ultra High-Definition Resolution Graphics’
Here's an interesting piece of news that the glorious ‘PC Master Race' would most definitely hiss and scoff at: According to reports by The Wall Street Journal, Kotaku, and Eurogamer, Sony is currently in the midst of developing a new PlayStation 4 that's capable of running games in ‘ultra high-definition resolution graphics' – or in other words, 4K resolution.
Eurogamer believed that the new PS4, codenamed NEO, will be running on the same Jaguar octa-core processor that's powering the existing PS4, but with a faster clock speed of 2.1GHz – which translates to an increase of 31 percent. The processor isn't the only thing that has been carried forward though, as the NEO will allegedly be trotting along with the same 8GB of GDDR5 memory as its predecessor, but supplemented with a 24-percent boost in bandwidth for good measure. As far as its GPU is concerned, it is believed that Sony will be relying on AMD's latest GPU technology, Polaris, to power the NEO, considering that the 36 compute unit count of the GPU listed on its leaked specification sheet doesn't tally with any of AMD's existing GPU offerings.
All these upgrades should theoretically allow the NEO to run games in 4K resolution, and also ensure that it'll have sufficient firepower to support the PlayStation VR headset that will be making its debut this coming October.
In addition to that, The Wall Street Journal also reported that the NEO will not be replacing the existing PS4. Instead, it'll be sold alongside it as a more potent alternative. They also highlighted that it is likely that both consoles will be sharing the same software catalog, so you won't have to worry about your current collection of PS4 games being incompatible with the new PS4. According to Sony's internal documents, you should be expecting higher and more stable frame rates, improved graphics fidelity, and additional graphics features while you're playing your legacy PS4 games on the NEO, provided that developers are willing to issue a compatibility patch for them.
If you have games that don't natively run in 4K resolution, the NEO will do the job of upscaling them. According to a source who's involved with the NEO's development, there are already game developers who have received NEO development kits, whom are currently working on games that will take advantage of its additional muscle. He added that these games will work with the regular PS4, albeit with ‘with considerable sacrifices made to performance'.
Regrettably, no one knows for sure when the NEO will be making its debut, or how much it would cost. It is rather unlikely that the new PS4 would be released in Q4 this year, seeing that the launch of the PlayStation VR is taking place within that timeframe – Sony definitely wouldn't want the NEO to steal all of its thunder. But then again, come to think about it, there's really nothing wrong for Sony to deliver a double whammy by introducing the NEO together with the PlayStation VR, which will undoubtedly leave fans around the world with their minds blown.
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