There have been a number of rumours over the past few days of an upgraded PlayStation 4 model that will be able to play games and movies in 4K resolution. Kotaku and Eurogamer were the first to report the news with multiple sources backing up the claims, and now the Wall Street Journal has also reported that a new PlayStation 4 with “enhanced graphics and power” will be hitting the shelves.
The new console is rumoured to launch before PlayStation VR (read: an E3 reveal) and it is said that “it is likely that the current model and the coming one would share the same software catalogue.” The WSJ also reports the new console is “to capture gamers willing to pay for a richer gaming environment, including a high-end virtual-reality experience.”
If games are to work on both versions of the PS4 then developers are unlikely to make many improvements to the PS4K versions other than resolution and, possibly, frame rates, at least until there is a sizeable install base for the high end console.
Of course you will need a 4K TV to make use of the new console and sales of those are still rather low. There are very few 4K broadcasters, at the moment standard blu-ray is the only HD format you can buy in most shops, and there is the problem of space. You can’t really have a 4K TV smaller than 52″ as the smaller screens means the advantage of having such a pixel dense display starts to diminish.
Sony did tout a 4K video service that “will work with PlayStation 4″ three years ago, but we’ve not heard much of that since, possibly because each move would be 100gb.
With enhanced graphics and a new UHD Blu-ray drive the PS4K, if it exists, is not going to be cheap, and with Sony fans shelling out £350 for PSVR it seems an odd time to be asking them to spend even more cash on upgraded PS4K consoles. Personally I have no interest, my 52” HDTV – which I bought for a a ridiculous sum of money to go with the my launch model PlayStation 3 back in 2006 – is still working perfectly and I have no desire to go to 4K.
Would you be tempted to upgrade? Let us know in the comments.