Sources: The Upgraded PS4 Is Codenamed NEO, Contains Upgraded CPU, GPU, RAM
We heard back in March that an upgraded PS4 might be in the works, and now the PS4.5 rumors have gotten a bit juicier. Reports from Giant Bomb indicates that the "PS4.5" is codenamed "Neo" and features upgraded CPU, GPU, and RAM. No price was provided, but previous reports indicate that the NEO would sell at $399.
According to Giant Bomb, the Neo will come with a faster clock speed, an improved GPU, and faster memory. It says the HDD will be the same as the current PS4, though it's not been confirmed if that means the capacity or disk speed is the same. Every PS4 game will be required to ship with two different modes - one where the game will run on the current PS4 and one that will run on the upgraded console. The Neo mode will utilize the superior hardware to increase and stabilize frame rates, while also offering higher resolutions. 4K output will be supported, but games won't be required to run at 4K resolution. Those who own 4K televisions should expect to see their games upscaled to fit the resolution, though everyone should expect to see an increase in frame rate. The report claims that Sony requires games in Neo mode to run at a higher frame rate than they would on the original PS4.
You could check out the Neo's specifications below:
|CPU||8 Jaguar Cores at 1.6 GHz||8 Jaguar Cores at 2.1 GHz|
|GPU||AMD GCN, 18 CUs at 800 MHz||Improved AMD GCN, 36 CUs at 911 MHz|
|Memory||8 GB GDDR5, 176 GB/s||8 GB GDDR5, 218 GB/s|
Despite the upgrades, this new console will not replace the PS4 and will instead exist alongside it. There will be no Neo-only games and Sony will not let developers separate Neo users from those playing on original PS4. That also means Sony won't let developers offer exclusive options or unlockables for Neo players. This includes peripheral support, which means it won't offer exclusive VR modes, either.
If this "Neo" version of PS4 is indeed true, I'm not certain if I'm going to buy it once it comes out. I just bought my PS4 last May 2014 and I don't feel like replacing it anytime soon. Not unless if my PS4 got broken or something, then that could be the time that I'll buy this "Neo" version of PS4. How about you guys? Will you buy this "Neo" version of PS4 immediately if it will be released this year?
Related Game(s): PlayStation 4
4/19/2016 3:32:11 AM Drew Constantino