PlayStation 4K NEO Australian Release Date, Specs, Price and other rumours [UPDATED] PlayStation 4K NEO Australian Release Date, Specs, Price and other rumours [UPDATED]
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Rumors have been swirling and talk is heating up: what is Sony’s “Neo” or “PS4K”, and when will they announce the PlayStation 4K release date?

UPDATED: June 20, 2016

Several sources of indicated to Eurogamer that PlayStation 4.5 will indeed launch in 2016.

Several sources have indicated to me that PlayStation Neo launches this year, despite its E3 no-show. If that is the case, it’ll be interesting to see how developers utilise its resources, and whether 4K really is the focus. And we can be equally as sure that Microsoft will be watching just as intently as it gears up for its own next-gen roll-out.

Source: Eurogamer

 

UPDATED: June 11, 2016

Sony has confirmed the existence of PlayStation 4.5.

“It is intended to sit alongside and complement the standard PS4,” he said. “We will be selling both [versions] through the life cycle. We want to ensure we have a full range of the best experiences on the new system that we can showcase in their entirety. All games will support the standard PS4 and we anticipate all or a very large majority of games will also support the high-end PS4.”

  • Andrew House, President and Global Chief Executive of Sony Interactive Entertainment

Source: FT.com

ORIGINAL REPORT

  • PlayStation 4K is expected to launch just ahead of PlayStation VR in October (via WSJ), opening the door to multiple bundles and packages leading into the busy Christmas period.
  • The base PlayStation 4 500GB model in Australia retails for $449. Reports have pinned the PS4K Neo at US$399. A direct conversion would put the console at around A$517, which seems low. A more believable price point would be in the $650-$700 range. That is of course based on whether it’ll be a 500GB or 1TB HDD. The latter you would expect would attract a higher RRP.
  • GameStop executive believes (via Gamespot) both the PlayStation 4K and Nintendo’s new console, codenamed NX, have “imminent” release dates, which would suggest a pre-Christmas launch.
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Sony is no stranger to being first-place in the console wars, having already been there after the success of the first PlayStation, PlayStation 2, the PlayStation 3 later in its life cycle, and now with the PlayStation 4, which by all reports is dominating the competition. Why then would the company be looking at releasing a new console, even if it is just a redesign, a mere two-and-a-bit years into the PS4’s life? Rumours have been swirling about a new console design, dubbed “PlayStation 4K” and “PlayStation 4.5” by industry insiders and gamers, and talk is heating up about the new console now reported to be codenamed “Neo” within Sony.

The Basics

There are a variety of different reports coming from multiple different sources about the so-called PlayStation 4K or Neo (let’s call it Neo from now on because it’s cooler). Here’s what we’ve heard.

  • The console won’t be a completely “new” console in that it’s the PS4’s successor.
  • It will be more “powerful” than the current “base” model PS4.
  • New games must ship with both a “base” mode option and a “Neo” option, which reportedly displays the games at a higher resolution, higher framerate, and with a higher player count for online connectivity.

Specs

Giant Bomb has a fresh report stating the NEO will feature a higher clock speed than the current PS4 model, although it will ship with the same-size HDD.

CPU
Original PS4 – 8 Jaguar Cores at 1.6 GHz
NEO – 8 Jaguar Cores at 2.1 GHz

GPU
Original PS4 – AMD GCN, 18 CUs at 800 MHz
NEO – Improved AMD GCN, 36 CUs at 911 MHz

MEMORY
Original PS4 – 8 GB GDDR5, 176 GB/s
NEO – 8 GB GDDR5, 218 GB/s0

What these specs essentially mean is that games made specifically for the Neo model will be able to run with a more stable frame rate and with higher visual fidelity. Games aren’t required to output in 4K resolution, but it is available to developers.

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The Giant Bomb report states that Sony is flexible with developers on whether or not they offer 4K resolution, but that the company is completely uncompromising on framerate: any games for Neo must meet or exceed the framerate the game reaches in base mode.

Features

The Neo will more or less be the same console as the PS4 from a UI and feature perspective, with the only difference being resolution and framerate output. The report says there will be no Neo-exclusive games, meaning anyone with a base-model PS4 will be able to play games released in a PS4 Neo era.

Further to this, developers will not be able to offer Neo-exclusive features in their game, or break up the community between game version, meaning PlayStation Network players will be able to play with each other irrespective of whether they’re playing a base or Neo version of the game. The interesting thing here is that base mode games may only be able to host a four-player cooperative match, for example, whereas a Neo-mode might be able to host eight players.

PlayStation 4K Release Date And Games

The report claims that games made in the October release window will need to come with a Neo mode. Games in the September release window will need to be patched, but games released prior to that will be at the discretion of the developer.

This doesn’t necessarily mean it will be released in October. Sony might want to give developers more time in the transition and upgrade to 4K. That said, releasing a new/upgraded console ahead of the Christmas period, and offering “enhanced” versions of the likes of Uncharted 4, Call of Duty and No Man’s Sky makes the PlayStation 4 a far more appealing console than it already is.

We’ll update this article as we find out more.

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    MicDaMan

    April 26, 2016 #1 Author

    Ok I have a 4K tv in the bedroom already so Im lucky in that area. But Im not running out on launch to grab a new PS4 just to increase the frame rate. I mean the PS4 on my 60″ in the lounge is flawless.

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      Master Fenix

      April 26, 2016 #2 Author

      I find their intention here interesting. It’s pretty clear that they’re trying to push their 4K TV market.

  • Salamander Ham

    April 27, 2016 #3 Author

    “Sony is no stranger to being first-place in the console wars, having already been there after the success of the first PlayStation, PlayStation 2, the PlayStation 3 later in its life cycle, and now with the PlayStation 4”

    Just to clarify the PS3 was never in first place during it’s run. The Wii sold over 100 million units to the PS3’s 83 million and the 360 was second with 84 million. So Sony was third last generation. The Wii was released in 2006 same year as the PS3 and a year after the 360’s 2005 release. The PS2 is the best selling home console in history with 155 million sold just above the Nintendo DS.

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      Master Fenix

      April 27, 2016 #4 Author

      In the author’s defense I don’t think the Wii really stole any of the PS3’s audience, and it eventually overtook the 360 so it won that generation if we look at the 360 and PS3 being in direct competition with one another. It was the most sold console for a while there as the Wii waned and the 360 slowed down.

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    Severus

    April 28, 2016 #5 Author

    Yeah, I think Neo will be a good enhancement for FFXV, I just hope SE takes advantage of it.

    In Nintendo’s defense, the Wii was never really in the “console war”, I’ve always seen them as “their own” ever since Sega consoles died..
    Just sayin’ [wink]

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    capt_oats

    June 12, 2016 #6 Author

    Hmmm I might be tempted to get this if the price is right. Also another contributing reason is my current PS4 keeps spitting out discs while I’m playing it which is really frustrating. [dunno]

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    Barters81

    June 12, 2016 #7 Author

    I think its bullshit to be honest.

    If I wanted to be doing this I’d have not left the PC master race.

    A part of me bought the PS4 as it had better specs than the Xbone. So yeah I’m a console spec whore. But now, by supporting PS by purchasing on day one, I feel a little betrayed. Sure I don’t have to buy it, but I was sold the lie of buying the best spec’d console for this generation……evidently it isn’t.