Rumors have been swirling around for a while now, suggesting that Sony may soon offer an upgraded version of the Playstation 4, which some are referring to as the Playstation 4.5. Now they’ve taken on even more momentum, as the Wall Street Journal has independently ‘confirmed’ that Sony has plans for an improved iteration of the PS4.
Although Sony and other console makers have often released “new” versions of their consoles, they’ve generally been nothing more than slimmer, sleeker, and aesthetically updated devices with the same basic internals. The PS 4.5, on the other hand, will reportedly provide provide better graphics and more under-the-hood power than the original, but will likely be fully forward and backward compatible with the Playstation 4.
What does this mean exactly? Basically the entire Playstation 4 library would run on the new PS4. Additionally, games optimized with the “improved” PS4 in mind would still play on the regular ole’ PS4, just at lower settings. If true, Sony appears taking an approach similar to what we see in the PC market. A high-end PC today can run games at ultra-high graphic settings, while something that just meets the requirements might be running at medium or even low settings.
Although this move sounds a bit strange, recently Microsoft made comments suggesting they might be taking a similar approach in the future. As for Sony, the new and improved Playstation 4 is rumored to debut ahead of the Playstation VR this October and it’s likely that the upcoming Playstation VR unit has at least a little something to do with this upgrade, allowing the PSVR to be more competitively positioned against the PC-drive Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.
Those who already own the Playstation 4 shouldn’t be worried though. Reportedly the Playstation VR should still run on older Playstation 4s, just at lower settings than might be possible with the revamped model.
Source: The Wall Street Journal
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