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Sony's More Powerful PS4 To Be Announced Before PlayStation VR Launch (polygon.com) 67

An anonymous reader quotes a report on Polygon about Sony's alleged PlayStation 4K, which Kotaku reported about earlier: Sony's more powerful version of the PlayStation 4 -- also known as the "PlayStation 4.5" and "PlayStation 4K" -- is expected to be announced prior to the launch of PlayStation VR this October, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal (paywall link). The upgraded PS4 will reportedly be able to play 4K resolution content, according to the report, and deliver "a richer gaming environment, including a high-end virtual-reality experience."
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Sony's More Powerful PS4 To Be Announced Before PlayStation VR Launch

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  • YAY! (Score:3, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 28, 2016 @12:27PM (#51793469)

    At least now we're admitting to duplicate postings up front now. An improvement... /s

    What's worse... this isn't even an announcement. It's speculation about an announcement.

    Correction to article: "a richer gaming environment, including a high-end price."

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 28, 2016 @12:59PM (#51793721)

    Is that you never have to worry about upgrading them and you know that everyone has exactly the same version of the hardware.
    You also know that every game will always work on your console.

    • by EvilSS ( 557649 )

      Is that you never had to worry about upgrading them and you knew that everyone has exactly the same version of the hardware. You also knew that every game would always work on your console.

      FTFY

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Only a company as stupid as Nintendo would be foolish enough to release a hardware revision midway through a console's lifespan that upgrades core specifications, causing fragmentation amongst its userbase. Sony would never do that with PlayStation.

  • My $600 graphics card can barely handle 4K. And they're going to do it in a $400 console. Sure.

    Does anyone really believe this will be anything but a glorified 1080p upscaler?

    • It'll be 4k upscaler and maybe they can do 4k blu ray playback. This will NOT be a proper 4k gaming experience most modern PC gaming rigs struggle with 4k at a decent framerate.
    • By that I mean that the GPU will be able to create a 4k framebuffer and render at 4k if it likes, and the outputs will be filly 4k capable.

      However you are correct that it'll be seriously lacking in power. so as a practical matter, 99%+ of games will be rendered at a lower resolution and then upscaled. This is actually already the case to some extent. Many games cannot run at 1080 and hit their framerate target on the hardware today, so they are rendered at a lower resolution internally. For example Battlefi

    • by tlhIngan ( 30335 )

      My $600 graphics card can barely handle 4K. And they're going to do it in a $400 console. Sure.

      Does anyone really believe this will be anything but a glorified 1080p upscaler?

      Well, look at the wording. "Play 4K resolution content". No where does it say it can play video games in 4K, but it can play 4K content. Streaming or likely, 4K UHD Blu-Rays (which require drive capable of reading UHD BDs). And adding PSVR support into it.

      Plus, it's not necessarily $400. Sony may very well keep the PS4 at $400 and rele

  • Sure you might be able to use PS VR with the current gen PS4 but I would put money on them pushing this hard for a decent experience. In the mean time I'm going to Japan to open a pitchforks and torches vending business. I have a feeling it's going to be very profitable very soon.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      2 x 1080p 4K

      Sony PS4K will probably support native 4k menus/load screen, UHD (4k video content, at least by streaming, possibly UHD Blu-Ray as well), native 4k 2d gaming, 4k upscaling of 1080p/720p video or gaming, and 2 x 1080p or 2 x 720p VR (probably just the latter).

      • Incorrect, 4k resolutions is 4x that of 1080p not twice.

        resolution of 3840x2160 is not twice that of 1920x1080

        • by TypoNAM ( 695420 )

          I see where he's coming from based on his confusion:
          [1920, 1080] * 2 = [3840, 2160], or written as:
          [1920, 1080] * [2, 2] = [3840, 2160]

          3840x2160 is four times the resolution (or size) of 1920x1080 because two dimensions are being multiplied by two, not jut one and so he's not taking into account the other dimension.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    If they don't offer a trade-up, many current PS4 owners are going to be angry. People expect their console to be good for a whole console generation, not half of one.

    • A trade up isn't going to be enough... If new games stop working on my existing PS4 half way through a generation, then this will be my last PlayStation...

      Sony can do what they want, but I expect 10 years of use out of a console these days. The PS3 did that, it still serves us well upstairs, because there was never a PS 3.5.

      If they want to come out with a PS5, that's fine, but this is much too early.

  • by lexman098 ( 1983842 ) on Monday March 28, 2016 @02:34PM (#51794399)
    Hopefully the 4k playstation will be able to output in 1440p instead. My TV does 4k at 30Hz or 1440p at 72Hz (HDMI 1.4), and my graphics card (yes reasonably priced) can more or less drive those 2 options just fine. Guess which option I prefer to play games with.
  • These "rumor based" articles are stupid. The media outlets should know better, especially given Sony's history with PSfoo hardware.

    More likely this "4K" PS4 will be like the later model PS2's that could do progressive scan (early models couldn't), or the later model PS3's that can bitstream a couple more high quality surround audio formats., with ZERO changes to the gaming capabilities.

    So I'm figuring what we'll see is a PS4 Slim that supports 4K blu-rays and nothing more.

  • Great, but will it ever come with anything that will ever use the Eye? I feel like that thing should be a class-action lawsuit, almost (yes, I was one of the original purchasers who bought a bundle that came with an Eye)
  • PS VR that they are releasing soon will benefit from 90+ FPS (it can go as far as 120Hz, Oculus only does 90)
    4.5 games will run on older PS4, but with lower FPS.
    All in all, it's about VR.

    The interesting part is, exactly HOW they are boosting current PS4 hardware, is it still 28nm process, or is AMD far enough with 14/16nm. AMD recently demonstrated Polaris based low range (960 levels) GPU with very impressive perf/ration (at least two times better than 960).

  • Thank you Sony! I really hope they put out ad's making fun of the Xbox One and how it cant do full 1080p let alone 4K.

    Microsoft loves sitting in their asses and doing as little as possible on the Xbox line, I really hope sony forces them to start making better hardware and faster releases of updates with more power.

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