Rumoured for the last couple of months, it looks like the possibility of a PlayStation 4.5 or ‘PS4k’ as it is commonly known, will become a reality. Various sources have come around offering different outlets some information on the upgraded Playstation, which is said to be known as ‘Neo’ internally.
According to Giantbomb, “The NEO will feature a higher clock speed than the original PS4, an improved GPU, and higher bandwidth on the memory. The documents we’ve received note that the HDD in the NEO is the same as that in the original PlayStation 4, but it’s not clear if that means in terms of capacity or connection speed. Starting in October, every PS4 game is required to ship with both a “Base Mode” which will run on the currently available PS4 and a “NEO Mode” for use on the new console.”
More importantly, there won’t be any ‘Neo’ only games. Every game released for the upgraded PlayStation must work with the existing PlayStation 4 console. Developers will be able to boost their games with the readily available upgraded gear but their games must also work and play correctly on the established system which continues to sell like hotcakes worldwide.
Giantbomb also state in their article that “Throughout the [source] documents, Sony repeatedly reminds developers that the frame rate of games in NEO Mode must meet or exceed the frame rate of the game on the original PS4 system.”
An official name has yet to come about for it, so we’ll stick with Neo in the meantime, which is also interesting considering what the PlayStation VR was called before it had its official retail title. Yes, that was Morpheus, and it seems someone at Sony is a big Matrix fan.