According to a report by Kotaku, Sony are currently developing a more powerful version of the PlayStation 4, dubbed the PS4.5. The report claims that developers have inside knowledge on the machine, and that it will allow for 4k gaming with an amped up GPU.
“Based on conversations with developers who have spoken with Sony, this ‘PS4.5’ will include an upgraded GPU both to support high-end 4K resolution for games and add more processing power that can enhance the games supported by PlayStation VR, the headset Sony will launch this fall. It’s unclear if ‘PS4.5’ is an official name or just a nickname that developers have been using. One developer jokingly called it the ‘PS4K’ while telling me about the device.”
It will be interesting to see how this is integrated, and whether current PlayStation 4 owners will be able to upgrade, or if they will have to shell out for a brand new console upgrade. The idea is certainly an interesting one, and with Microsoft recently talking about a potential upgrade for Xbox consoles in the future, could this be the new trend in console gaming? The last gen lasted roughly eight years and while both the 360 and PS3 were great, technology advanced a lot since then and it will only advance more so in the coming years.
Mid-generation upgrades aren’t new to consoles either. If anyone remembers the 4mb RAM cart for the Nintendo 64, or even Sega’s horrid 32X add-on for the Sega Megadrive/Genesis. We’d rather not speak about the latter, but these are two examples of upgrades to existing hardware.