Ahead of the start of the Electronic Entertainment Expo, Sony President and CEO Andrew House confirmed the long-rumored PlayStation 4, codenamed Neo, to be sold alongside the standard PS4.
Speaking to the Financial Times (subscription or Google-Fu required), House clarified that this is not a replacement for current PlayStation 4 hardware; it will only provide an enhanced experience for games that will largely work on both consoles.
“It’s meant to sit next to the standard PS4 and complement it,” he said. “We are going to sell both [versions] throughout the lifecycle… All games will support the standard PS4 and we expect that all or a very large majority of games will also support the high-end PS4.”
House added that it would take minimal work for game developers to support both versions of the hardware. That suggests most regular PS4 games would just see a graphical upgrade when running on the Neo, perhaps using higher resolution textures and 3D modeling detail.
The report doesn’t go into much technical detail about the PS4 Neo, which is said to have a higher clock speed and double the number of compute units in the GPU, as well as faster RAM. The new “high-end” system will reportedly support “ultra-high definition 4K resolution,” but it’s unclear if this target is for games or just non-interactive video content.
The announcement comes just ahead of the gaming industry’s annual E3 marketing blitz, but House said the PS4 Neo won’t be featured at the show because “we want to make sure we have a full range of the best experiences on the new system.” have that we can fully show.” House didn’t go into details on pricing, but he said the device would be more expensive than the current $350 PS4. The upcoming PlayStation VR headset will work on both original and Neo PS4 devices.
Confirmation of the PS4 Neo has come as Microsoft is rumored to be preparing a similar mid-cycle update for the Xbox One, which could potentially include VR capabilities.