Will "PS4K" Cause Anger Or Excitement In Current PS4 Owners?
Whether we want it or not, it appears "PS4K" will become a reality.
Even though it might be a ways off (reports are that the new upgraded system is still in the prototype phase), one wonders how PlayStation 4 owners will react when Sony makes the announcement.
It will depend on a lot of factors, of course, and we really don't have enough details just yet. How will Sony deliver this updated machine? How much will it cost? How exactly will it make games look better? How much better? Will it be worth the expense for current owners to upgrade? Will developers start taking advantage of the more powerful hardware, thereby sort of coercing all of us into an upgrade? Will it feel like we're playing with an "old" system? Perhaps the last question is the kicker:
When PS4.5 or PS4K or whatever it is comes out, will it seem like a new PlayStation; like an entirely new generation? If it doesn't, how exactly will it entice consumers to get it? And if it does, how are PS4 owners expected to feel if, perhaps a mere three years into the generation, they're expected to shell out another $300 or something like that to keep their entertainment center fully updated? Now, if cost isn't a consideration for you and you're a hardcore gamer, chances are, you're probably reading this news with excitement. Hell, the games are gonna look and play even better! Awesome!
There's that argument, too, I suppose. But console owners aren't used to these "half-upgrades," so-to-speak. When a new piece of hardware comes out, they expect a very significant leap in technology. That's what we should all expect after 5, 6, even 7 years with the same console, right? But how much of a leap can we expect in only a few years? On top of which, if it really can't handle true 4K resolution, what's the point? How excited can we really get? One wonders if Sony is doing this in response to Nintendo's upcoming console, and we also hear rumors of an upgraded Xbox, too. Maybe Sony just doesn't want to be left behind.
I really don't know but it'll be interesting to see how PS4 fans respond to this. If Sony announces it at E3, for example, I wouldn't be surprised in the least to hear a loud chorus of boos in the audience...
3/24/2016 8:56:34 PM Ben Dutka