Fellow gamers and PlayStation fans, we have some great news for you today. It looks like an upgraded PS4 is indeed being worked on by Sony as reports previously suggested, and the project is code-named PlayStation 4 NEO. The good news is not PS4’s code-name, however. Multiple sources have confirmed the existence of this project with Giant Bomb and that is the good news.
According to Giant Bomb’s report, the ‘upgraded PS4’ aka ‘PS4.5’ aka ‘PlayStation 4 Neo’ will feature a CPU with higher clock rate, an upgraded GPU as well as improved RAM with higher bandwidth. It will also support 4K output.
PlayStation 4 NEO: Games to feature Base mode and NEO mode
Starting October, every PS4 game will be required to ship with a ‘Base Mode’ which will run on existing PS4 and a ‘NEO Mode’ for the upgraded console. Games running in ‘NEO mode’ on PS 4 Neo will have access to the upgraded hardware and will deliver greater visual fidelity, suggests the report further.
The PS4 NEO report however makes it clear that while NEO-ready games can be released from October, the upgraded console might not arrive at the same time. Not to mention that Sony is all set to launch its PlayStation VR in October this year.
Current PS4 and new PS4 NEO to coexist
The documents acquired by Giant Bomb reveals that NEO and the existing PS4 consoles will coexist and PS4 will not be replaced by PlayStation 4 NEO. There will be no exclusive -NEO-only games, and developers will not be able to separate NEO players from PS4 players on PlayStation Network (PSN). Both consoles will also share the same UI.
PlayStation 4 NEO Tech Specs
- CPU: 8 Jaguar Cores at 2.1 GHz
- GPU: Improved AMD GCN, 36 CUs at 911 MHz
- Memory: 8 GB GDDR5, 218 GB/s
This is all we know so far about the rumored ‘upgraded PS4’ aka the ‘PlayStation 4 NEO’. More details are likely to surface over the coming weeks and we will be waiting for Sony to make some confirmations.
Meanwhile, let us know what you think about this whole PlayStation 4 NEO idea. Feel free to add your comments below.