Ever since rumors surfaced a few months ago about Sony developing a more powerful PlayStation 4, the gaming world has been thrown into a speculative frenzy over what features this new console would entail, such as 4K support, and an upgraded CPU and GPU. ll those rumors can now be put to rest, as Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Andrew House has confirmed that Sony is indeed developing a more powerful PS4 console.
Speaking to the Financial Times, House explained that the new unit will be more expensive than the $350 PS4 and will be sold alongside the existing model, giving consumers a choice of price points. House also confirmed that the machine will be targeting 4K display owners, but reiterated that all PS4 games, past and future, will still run on a basic unit.
“It is intended to sit alongside and complement the standard PS4,” House told the paper. “We will be selling both through the life cycle…All games will support the standard PS4 and we anticipate all or a very large majority of games will also support the high-end PS4.”
House also didn’t share the specific hardware it will be equipped with, making it difficult to get a sense of how much it will cost to Sony to produce. Whatever the case, the new system will not be sold at a loss out of the gate.
Neo won’t be unveiled at E3, as Sony is looking to ensure it has “a full range of the best experiences on the new system that [it] can showcase in their entirety.”
The Sony executive was also keen to justify what some have seen as a dangerous fracturing of the PS4 platform, a move which has already roused significant upset amongst owners of the current model. Customers, particularly early tech adopters, are used to rapid iterative hardware development, he believes, thanks to smartphones.
“The consumer is attuned to a different cadence of innovation in technology thanks in great part for the upgrades cadence on mobile phones or PCs.”
The release date for Sony‘s upgraded PlayStation 4 has not yet been revealed at the time of writing, but we’ll keep you posted on any news and announcements related to the console.