"PS4K" Offers Ultra HD Graphics, Wouldn't Replace Current PS4
Nope. Not a fan.
But it's happening, nevertheless. Last week, we learned about the supposed inevitability of a more powerful PlayStation 4 console and now, we've got more information on Sony's console plan.
According to a new report in the Wall Street Journal, Sony is indeed prepping a more capable PS4 machine; it will produce "higher-end gaming experiences" and unsurprisingly, this includes virtual reality. The new system will apparently feature "enhanced graphics and power" and will actually not replace the existing PS4, as games made in the future will (hopefully) function on both hardware versions. As it says in the report:
"Existing PlayStation 4 owners would need to buy the new model to take full advantage of the enhanced graphics and power. Though it is likely that the current model and the coming one would share the same software catalog."
Furthermore, we can expect the official announcement before PlayStation VR lands in October, presumably so new PSVR owners can get the most out of their new purchase. Of course, this would mean they'd not only have to spring for the new virtual reality device - priced at $399 without the required $59 camera - but they'd also have to get the new upgraded console. That may not go over well with gamers, which we were worried about from the start.
"PS4K," as it has been unofficially named, will sport "ultra-high definition resolution graphics," though we don't know much else (no rumored price point, for instance). Would it make any sense to even have this new console if you don't have an Ultra HD or 4K HDTV, for example? And what if developers start making games only for the new model? How soon will the current PS4 start to feel obsolete? Way, way too fast for my taste, that's for damn sure; it really is a PC culture now.
Anyway, don't be surprised to hear this announcement at E3 in June. And don't be surprised to hear from a lot of teed-off PS4 owners when it happens.
3/28/2016 9:09:02 PM Ben Dutka