Rumor: Upgraded PS4 dubbed NEO, will not split consumer base0 Comments
The rumors about the upgraded PlayStation 4 are getting louder by the day, but it seems that we may have some confirmation on what the new console will have. According to GiantBomb’s sources, the project is internally referred as the NEO, which is an odd name. Of course, no official price has been announced, but previous reports suggested that it could be $399. As for the technical specifications, the reports show that it’s slightly better than the original PlayStation 4.
The NEO’s CPU will have a higher clock speed, improved GPU, and higher memory bandwidth. The HDD is rumored to be the same capacity as the previous version, but there's no word on whether it will be an SSD or not. Here are the comparisons at a glance:
• Original PlayStation 4
o CPU: 8 Jaguar Cores at 1.6 GHz
o GPU: AMD GCN, 18 CUs at 800 MHz
o Memory: 8 GB GDDR5, 176 GB/s
o CPU: 8 Jaguar Cores at 2.1 GHz
o GPU: AMD GCN, 36 CUs at 911 MHz
o Memory: 8 GB GDDR5, 218 GB/s
The specs are important, but that’s not the biggest news. Starting in October, every PlayStation 4 title will be required to ship with both a “Base Mode” and a “NEO Mode” for the currently available console and the NEO, respectively. There has been one glaring issue about the upcoming console, and it’s that consumers fear that Sony would split the consumer base. According to their reports, the NEO “will not supplant the current PlayStation 4, but will exist alongside of it and use the same user environment.” Both platforms will use the same online functionality and the same PSN store. Essentially, the NEO will function the same way as the current console, but will have better performance and 4K resolution support.
Sources: The Upgraded PlayStation 4 is Codenamed NEO, Contains Upgraded CPU, GPU, RAM, Giantbomb