Sony officials have confirmed that the upgraded version of the company’s flagship console PS4 won’t affect its life-cycle. PS4 and PS4 Neo are expected to be sold and used within PS4’s life-cycle.
PS4 Neo, on the other hand, which is also known as PS4K, will target users that want a more high-resolution content or are keen on hardcore games. Sony hasn’t announced yet when the new console will be rolled out.
Shuhei Yoshida, head of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, said in a recent interview that the PS4 won’t be replaced by its fancier alternative. He explained that the high-end version is still basically a PS4 console, while PS4 remains PS4.
Yoshida pledged that the new console will have zero impact on the older PS4’s life-cycle.
The announcement should be reassuring, as there are more than 40 million PS4 users worldwide. Plus, these PS4 owners are not very eager to give up the wealth of bundles associated with their beloved console. So, the last thing the Japanese company would want is to upset those users.
Yoshida’s statements are in line with last fall reports showing that games designed for PS4 will have to be compatible with an incoming console and have two different operating modes.
Sony has already instructed developers to refrain from designing games that are only compatible with PS4 Neo. The peripherals including PS VR will also have to run on both platforms.
The company hasn’t disclosed a price for the new console, but experts believe it should revolve around $399.
Andrew House, the global CEO for Sony Interactive Entertainment, confirmed in a recent interview that PS4 Neo absence at E3. House also couldn’t tell an approximate price for the device. But he said that it would be slightly more expensive than the $350 version of the console.
House added that the upgraded console is designed to “complement” and “sit along” the existing one. He noted that the company won’t pull from shelves PS4, and both consoles will be sold through the life-cycle.
The company also said that PS4 new will be fit for users with 4K TV sets and high-resolution game fanatics. According to reports, PS4 Neo will also have twice as much processing power as current PS4 and have an improved GPU.
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