For the last month, the rumored existence of an enhanced, 4K gaming-ready PlayStation 4 has been the talk of gamers, and now a new report offers supposed details on the performance boosts and how Sony will manage the consoles.
According to GiantBomb's sources, the upgraded version of the PlayStation 4 is referenced internally as NEO, and will contain a higher clock speed, improved GPU, and higher memory bandwidth. The console will also support 4K image output.
The publication reports that from October, games released for the PlayStation 4 must ship with a 'Base Mode' for the current model and a 'NEO Mode' for the upgraded model, while games released previous to October can opt to take advantage of the new hardware with a patch. In a nutshell, games running in NEO mode will offer higher visual fidelity and a more stable frame rate - the exact specs provided to GiantBomb are below:
Original PS4 CPU - 8 Jaguar Cores at 1.6 GHz
NEO CPU - 8 Jaguar Cores at 2.1 GHz
Original PS4 GPU - AMD GCN, 18 CUs at 800 MHz
NEO GPU - Improved AMD GCN, 36 CUs at 911 MHz
Original PS4 Memory - 8 GB GDDR5, 176 GB/s
NEO Memory - 8 GB GDDR5, 218 GB/s
Furthermore, while games and their modes and features can be optimised and enhanced for the Neo console, they cannot include features that are totally exclusive to the Neo hardware and the online communities must work across hardware – and there will be no Neo-exclusive releases, either.
That way, Sony establishes that graphics and performance are the only differentiators: you’ll get the same core experience on either version of the console, but you’ll get a smoother, sharper ride if you’re willing to pay for it. The core parity likely applies to PlayStation VR games, as well, although enhanced hardware should make for more immersive experiences.
Last month, it was reported that Sony's new console will be announced before the planned October release of the PlayStation VR. The information obtained by GiantBomb offers no finite elaboration on this, stating that developers will be allowed to launch NEO-ready games before the NEO itself releases.
It’s looking all the more likely that Sony will have a brand new Playstation ready for Christmas! Get saving!
Take a look at IGN’s report on the Playstation Neo here: