We’re never too happy to report on stuff that’s coming from unnamed sources as it means we can’t guarantee the accuracy, but on this occasion we’re going to report it anyway.
GiantBomb has allegedly received information relating to the unannounced PS4.5. According to the source, the PS4.5 is code-named Neo and will be a bit more powerful than the original PS4. The report goes on to say that Sony is adamant that developers cater to both new console owners and those who own the original PS4. Apparently Sony is demanding that games running on the Neo PS4 have to run the same or better than they do on the original PS4, but they must not have any extra features in games that will leave original owners left in the cold.
Furthermore, there will not be any game made exclusively for the Neo PS4, though increased performance is expected as games must ship with a “Base Mode” for the original PS4 and a “Neo Mode” for the new console. It’s expected that games run in Neo Mode will benefit from the hardware gains with better graphics, higher frame rates and even 4K output, though native 4K support isn’t mandatory.
Below is a comparison of the original PS4’s specifications and the Neo PS4’s.
CPU: 8 Jaguar Cores at 1.6 GHz
GPU: AMD GCN, 18 CUs at 800 MHz
Memory: 8 GB GDDR5, 176 GB/s
CPU: 8 Jaguar Cores at 2.1 GHz
GPU: Improved AMD GCN, 36 CUs at 911 MHz
Memory: 8 GB GDDR5, 218 GB/s
We’re not entirely sure what all the numbers mean, but higher numbers must be good, right? Still, this is just a rumour at the moment and we’re not taking anything as gospel until Sony announces something officially.