Sony Confirms PlayStation 4.5, Asks Gamers to Wait Beyond E3
Just when you thought Sony’s PlayStation 4 could not get any better, it just did. Yes, Sony has finally announced the launch of their next “big thing”, after the PS4. Nicknamed Neo, this version will be displayed and sold along with the PlayStation 4. The bad news? We will have to wait a rather long wait for it.
First, let us get to the good bits.
The PS4.5/Neo will support 4K resolutions along with a few other performance upgrades but before we bring you the details on that, let us tell you that the true thrill lies in PlayStation Group CEO and President, Andrew House’s anticipation that a large number of games will support the standard as well as the high-end PS4 system.
And that’s not all. The PS4, as well as its upgraded counterpart Neo, will support the new PlayStation VR headset too. So now you can enjoy high-end video gaming and not just play the game but virtually be in it. With a performance that boasts of enhanced graphics and a 4K output, the PS4.5/Neo looks like it’s all set to rule the gaming world.
So what exactly are the performance boosts we can expect in the PS4.5, especially in comparison to its predecessor?
- The Neo comes integrated with 8 Jaguar Cores at 2.1 GHz CPU, while the PS4 has 8 Jaguar Cores at 1.6 GHz CPU
- Neo’s memory is boosted up to 8 GB GDDR5 , 218 GB/s, from the PS4’s memory of 8 GB GDDR5, 17 GB/s
- Lastly, Neo has a GPU with an improved AMD GCN, 36 CUs at 911 MHz, while the PS4 GPU comes with AMD GCN, 18 CUs at 800 MHz
While the price of the new and improved unit has not been disclosed by Sony, we anticipate that it is likely to cost slightly more than what a PS4 costs. Andrew House, mentioned about the cost being higher but it wasn’t apparent if he meant that it would be sold at a higher retail than $350, which is what a PS4 is priced at right now; or if it would just be higher than the cost of a PS4 at the time of its actual launch in the market. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see on that one.
There’s some bad news on the launch front though, as Sony has withheld the launch of this new console. It wouldn’t be displayed, opposed to the expectations of eager video-gaming fans, at the E3 which is scheduled to be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. When asked for a reason for the delay in Neo’s launch, Andrew House stated that Sony did not want to reveal the PS4.5/Neo until the console was ready and equipped with a “depth of experiences.” Until then, eager gaming fans would just have to wait.
Simultaneously, Microsoft launched its new Xbox One version of its own and their comparatively powerful unit “Scorpio” will go in a head-to-head competition with Neo.