With the new PlayStation just around the corner, fans have begun to wonder if this is real life or is it just fantasy. According to Sony, the project is still on the table, and all the rumors out there point to the fact that the console should hit the market somewhere around Christmas. So, what can we expect from the new PlayStation console?
What’s PlayStation 4K?
According to tech reviewer Kotaku, the name of the new PlayStation console started out as a joke, as one developer referred to the new high-end graphics console as being the PS 4K.
Some weeks ago, the idea of a new PlayStation console was considered a fantasy. However, rumors emerged that Sony’s R&D labs are currently engaged in a project that could grant gamers a new edged when it comes to playing games on their console.
Several tech sites have made inquiries regarding these rumors. Of course, Sony dismissed all of them, stating that they do not want to comment on mere rumors. But a couple of game developers selected to work on the new project managed to confirm indeed that Sony has developed the prototype of a new generation of PlayStation consoles.
With the devs blowing the whistle on Sony, the company had no other choice that to come out clean. According to Sony’s recent statements, the project is still on the table, and the big announcement will be made in October, during the launch of PlayStation VR.
The new PlayStation 4K will sport out increased CPU power, thanks to the 14nm APU developed by AMD and high-end graphics. If the “4K” label will still be there, it means that games will be able to play their hearts out at UHD quality, which means four times greater than 1080p.
Is the new PlayStation better than its predecessor?
We would imagine so, given the fact that current PlayStation 4 console have 4k support for videos and photos but not games.
But with this new boost, console owners will be able to reap the benefits of increased firepower. However, don’t pop out open the champagne (or beer) just yet, because Sony has some issues to figure out before it can release the console.
Probably the first world problem with the new 4K version, which is also called PlayStation 4.5, is the UHD label Sony stuck on the console. With current GPU size, achieving a 2x GPU power, needed to run games in 4k, is nearly impossible if you want the console to have roughly the same size.
In layman terms, this means that if Sony wants to prevent the console’s box from getting larger, it will have to figure out a way to cram inside something of the same size, but with increased horsepower.
Another issue surrounding Sony’s new console is that many customers don’t know if this if the 4k works as a hardware update, or if you actually have to buy another one in order to play games in UHD quality.
Moreover, we would expect that the new PlayStation console would support HDMI 2.0, HDR and HDCP 2.2. The PlayStation will also be able to Netflix 4k streaming and even a 4K Blue-ray player.
Regarding the actual games, it would seem that there are a couple of issues Sony must sort out before launching the actual console. Naturally, when a new generation of gaming consoles is released, there is that little problem called compatibility.
Sure, it will be fun to play games on our big screen TV in 4K qualities, but what about those old games we really loved? Well if Sony doesn’t launch something similar to Xbox’s backward compatibility software, we will have to have to wave by-by to older titles like Killzone and perhaps Uncharted 3.
Where do we go from here?
You may want to hold on that thought of buying a high-end PC to go with your Oculus Rift or with your HTC Vive VR devices. As promised by Sony, the new PlayStation console will not only feature extra horsepower, but it will be able to demonstrate that PCs are far from winning the glorious master race.
With the 2x GPU power, the new console will be able to take full advantage of portable VR devices such as Rift of Vive without putting a strain on the graphic card.
Also, it is good to keep in mind that Sony said it will continue to produce PS 4 and PS Vita consoles, even after VR and 4K are released. So, if you’re not interested in purchasing the console after it is released, you can always go back to your store account and search for game bundles.
So, what are looking at in term of price? One thing is for certain: the new PS console will be anything but cheap. Given the fact that Sony wants to take advantage of the new generation of APUs and that the console will have 4k support for almost everything, we are looking at a starting price tag of 500 bucks or even more.
Meanwhile, for the latest scuttlebutt on Sony’s newest console, you might want to create a PlayStation account. It’s free of charge, and you can also check out the latest titles. Probably the most accessed title so far is Wolfenstein: The New Order, the sequel of the game released back in 2009.
Moreover, PlayStation’s official website offers some pretty decent discounts on bundles for PS4 and portable consoles like the PlayStation Vita.
Most of these aspects we mentioned in our makeshift lists are pure speculations, some of them confirmed by official sources. It is most likely that Sony will post an update about its newest console, somewhere around October.
This means that if all things go according to plan, we should be able to get our hands on 4K somewhere around Christmas, so, better put away some cash.
So, why do we want the new PlayStation console? Because our whole perspective on gaming will be changed once we engaged in a beautifully rendered 4K quality environment. Just keep in mind that you might have some issue with older games, but, Sony probably has that aspect in mind, and it is working to solve it.