The upcoming PlayStation 4.5 (or PS 4k) is referred to internally as NEO, and thanks to GiantBomb’s sources the specifications of the improved console are now available.
The NEO will feature higher base performance than the current PlayStation 4, including higher clock speed, memory bandwidth and graphics processing.
Although the improved console will be a more powerful version of the PlayStation 4, the hard drive specifications will remain the same.
Sony has made efforts to keep its user base unified when the new console releases, requiring that every PlayStation 4 game from October 2016 releases with a ‘base mode’ mode in addition to a ‘NEO mode’. This will allow users of the current console to enjoy new releases without needing to upgrade their device.
The NEO will support 4k output across all media, but games are not required to run in 4k resolution.
The PlayStation 4 and the NEO will use the same PlayStation Store and will both be connected to the PlayStation Network – allowing users to play games together no matter which version of the console they use.
Although Sony has not mentioned the implications of the newer console for PlayStation VR, the more powerful console should be able to deliver a higher-quality virtual reality experience than the current PlayStation 4
The NEO’s pricing is estimated at around $399.
Below are the specifications of the NEO.
|CPU||8 Jaguar Cores at 1.6GHz||8 Jaguar Cores at 2.1GHz|
|GPU||AMD GCN 18CUs at 800MHz||AMD GCN 36 CUs at 911 MHz|
|Memory||8GB GDDR5 176GB/s||8GB GDDR5 215GB/z|