Sony has finally confirmed that an upgraded version of PlayStation 4 -- the PS4 Neo, as it is being called by the Internet -- is currently under development.
In an interview
with Financial Times
, Sony Interactive Entertainment president Andrew House referred to the much-discussed console as the “high-end PS4″. Unfortunately, it wasn't be shown at E3 2016.
He also revealed that it won’t replace the regular PS4 and fact be more expensive than the current $350 model:
“It is intended to sit alongside and complement the standard PS4. We will be selling both [versions] through the life cycle.”
Confirming the rumors, the PS4 Neo will support ultra-high definition (UHD) 4K resolutions and will supposedly be targeted at “hardcore gamers” and consumers with 4K TVs.
Now, as for why the upgraded console, won’t be shown at E3 2016, House explained:
“We want to ensure we have a full range of the best experiences on the new system that we can showcase in their entirety.”
Releasing multiple hardware versions of a console will not only make many existing PS4 owners unhappy, but it would surely also make it harder for developers to create games. With regards to the latter, the executive said the extra work needed will be “small but manageable,” adding:
“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.”
“The consumer is attuned to a different cadence of innovation in technology thanks in great part for the upgrades cadence on mobile phones or PC.”
Apparently, Sony saw an opportunity to offer “some additional benefits” to both consumers and developers with the PS4K. Unlike the regular PS4 at launch, it will not be sold at a loss.
What do you think about Sony’s decision to sell two different versions of the PS4? Will you get the 4K PS4 Neo if you already have a regular PS4?
Share your thoughts in the comments below.