Rumors have been swirling for a while now that Sony plans to introduce a new, more powerful model of the PlayStation 4. Courtesy of Giant Bomb and EuroGamer, those details are now out in the wild. It’s called Neo.
Giant Bomb broke the news yesterday evening, revealing that the supped up PlayStation 4 is currently headed out to development studios under the pseudonym of “Neo”. While the beefed up model of the PlayStation 4 will come with the standard hard drive disk it’s older brother currently comes equipped with, the Neo’s overall clock speed, GPU, and memory bandwidth will all see pretty significant upgrades. Here is an image comparing the original PlayStation 4 specs with those reportedly coming to PlayStation 4 Neo:
How does Sony plan to release two consoles into the market? Giant Bomb states that “starting in October, every PS4 game is required to ship with both a “Base Mode” which will run on the currently available PS4 and a “Neo Mode” for use on the new console.” Sony has no intention of splitting its console base into two markets, nor should they. You can expect games on Neo to run at better frame rates with better visuals. While Neo mode games don’t have to incorporate the feature, the beastly new console is fully ready to run at 4K.
While games coming in October and later must utilize the Neo option, that’s not necessarily indicative that the new PlayStation 4 will release during that window. The rumored price point as of now is $399.99, but nothing concrete has been revealed in that regard. With PAX East coming next week, and these reveals coming now, it’ll be interesting to see if Sony is ready to show their hand with Neo. We’ll find out next week.