We’ve been hearing numerous whispers about the release date for the PS4K Neo (or whatever it will eventually be called) and all of them point to it being on the shelves at the same time as the PlayStation VR.
The latest rumblings come from French retailer Innelec Multimedia who released the following statement (translated from the original French language version):
2016-2017 The current year should be marked for the video game world by the arrival, in the first half of our fiscal year, an evolution of the Sony PS4 console with the Neo 4K with new features and that the placing on the market in October 2016 virtual reality helmet Sony VR.
The company has since completely retracted the statement (although the press release is still available on multiple sites), saying that they have absolutely no idea what a PS4K is and when it will be out.
Nope, never heard of it. PlayStation Meow? That it? Je ne sais pas Monsieur!
Whilst we’re talking about the 4K there’s another idea doing the rounds; The current dev kits do not have the 4K blu-ray drive which is rather odd, Sony are creating a 4K machine that can’t play 4K movies. However, the current thinking is the specs for the dev kits don’t have the drive because it doesn’t need it – all PS Neo games have to fit on a standard blu-ray, so why bother shipping dev kits with a drive that won’t be used? The chances are that the final retail version will have a 4K blu-ray drive, Sony are just keeping costs down on dev kits.
The Neo will (allegedly) have the same 8 Jaguar Core CPU as the PlayStation 4 but running at 2.1 GHz rather than the PS4’s 1.6GHz, whilst the GPU gets an upgrade to an improved AMD GCN, 36 CUs at 911 MHz. All games will be required to run in a ‘base’ mode, which is for all current PlayStation 4s, and a ‘Neo’ mode, which will give better resolution and better frame rates. We’re expecting Sony to officially unveil it at E3 in about a month’s time.