Word has been spreading rapidly that the next PlayStation console called the “Neo” will be releasing this year. The home console will supposedly be designed to take advantage of 4K gaming and virtual reality support for the upcoming PlayStation VR, and it’s rumored to be out this November.
These reports come from “several sources” that leaked the news to Eurogamer.
“Several sources have indicated” this information to Eurogamer’s Richard Leadbetter. “If that is the case, it’ll be interesting to see how developers utilize its resources, and whether 4K really is the focus. And we can be equally as sure that Microsoft will be watching just as intently as it gears up for its own next-gen roll-out,” the report said.
The real question of course is how much the PlayStation Neo will cost? The Eurogamer article doesn’t say and Sony skipped on unveiling the console at their press conference during this year’s E3 festivities. Some are expecting Sony to use GamesCom in Cologne, Germany or the Tokyo Game Show in Tokyo, Japan to announce the PlayStation Neo, which would include pricing details and a more narrowed down release date. It’s also been suggested that Sony might unveil the PS Neo at a special event dedicated entirely to the new console, similar to what they did when they announced the PlayStation 4.
While this information should be taken with a grain of salt, if the PlayStation Neo does launch this year it could be a good thing for Sony and potentially a bad thing. On the one hand, launching PlayStation Neo this year means the console won’t have to compete with Project Scorpio or the Nintendo NX, which could result in more sales.