In an interview today with the Financial Times, president and global chief executive of Sony Interactive Entertainment, Andrew House, confirmed that a new “high-end” PS4 is in the works. To the dismay of many fans, House also confirmed that the new console will not be at E3 2016. House disclosed that the new console, nicknamed “Neo”, will be geared towards hardcore gamers, consumers that have 4K televisions, and those that want to experience higher resolution content. The Sony president and global chief executive has stated that this new console will be more expensive than the current $350 PS4, but both consoles will be sold during the same life cycle and the new console is meant to “sit alongside and complement the PS4”.
Both the PS4 and new “high-end” PS4 will be compatible with Sony’s forthcoming VR set, the PlayStation VR, slated to be released in October. House states that developers should experience a “seamless” transition between consoles and that only a “small but manageable” amount of work will be required when creating a game for both.
Further than this, there is no Sony confirmed details on what the Neo might look like or hardware specifics. However, the existence of a new PS4 console has been an open secret in the industry since Kokatu first reported on its existence. Sine then, both Eurogamer and Giant Bomb have released detailed information on the Neo. Namely, the Neo is said to have a CPU with 8 Jaguar Cores at 2.1 GHz, a GPU with improved AMD GCN, 36 CUs at 911 MHz, and an 8 GB GDDR5, 218 GB/s memory.
The fact that the Neo will not be at E3 has many questioning previous rumours that it would be out this fall. However, it makes sense that Sony would not want to release the PSVR and the Neo at the same time, since it may split consumers and be too much new hardware all out at the same time.
The Neo not being at E3 may have positive implications for Microsoft, in that it will take pressure off of them not showing the upgraded Xbox Scorpio, after rumours that it may not appear at E3 2016. Instead, they can spotlight the Xbox One Slim without it being overshadowed by the Scorpio, a more powerful console.
Stay tuned for our coverage of the #ConsoleWars next week.