As rumors swirl of a potential PlayStation 4.5 and an Xbox 1.5, we can all but rule out the latter. Phil Spencer, the head of Microsoft’s Xbox division, isn’t interested in offering an upgraded Xbox One. He wants a substantial successor, not just a small iteration.
When asked about a potential Xbox 1.5 update, Spencer answered, “I’m not a big fan of Xbox One and a half. If we’re going to move forward, I want to move forward in big numbers,” Spencer clarified that he doesn’t have any inside knowledge about PlayStation’s plans or the rumors currently circulating, but he added, “For us, our box is doing well. It performs, it’s reliable, the servers are doing well. If we’re going to go forward with anything, like I said, I want it to be a really substantial change for people–an upgrade.”
Rumors of an upgraded PlayStation 4 with an upgraded CPU and 4K support first surfaced in mid-March during GDC 2016.
The report stated Sony at met with developers during the conference to discuss the console. Some developers where overheard mentioning the PS4.5 on the show floor in conversations.
Not long after the rumor surfaced, Digital Foundry independently established Sony’s R&D labs had prototypes of the console. More than one source confirmed its existence and referred to the console as PlayStation 4K.
Another source speaking with the Wall Street Journal said to expect PS4K to be announced before PlayStation VR launched in October. The source also stated the console would be a separate SKU offer with games “likely” backwards and forward compatible.