Post Reply PS4K information (~2x GPU power w/ clock+, new CPU, price, tent. Q1 2017)
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Posted 3/30/16 , edited 3/30/16

The 4K PS4 might be officially announced soon. The existence of the upgraded version of Sony's console was previously reported by Kotaku, and today The Wall Street Journal reports that the device is expected to be officially unveiled before the October launch of PlayStation VR. As with the previous report, the WSJ says that the beefed-up version of the console will support 4K graphics as well as provide extra power for the PSVR virtual reality add-on. The new PS4 is expected to include both an upgraded processor and GPU, and the WSJ says that it's likely that both versions of the console will share an identical software catalog. There are no details on when it might launch or how much it will cost.

This type of mid-cycle upgrade for a console isn't exactly common, but Microsoft has hinted that it could do something similar for the Xbox One, with Xbox chief Phil Spencer predicting that consoles could eventually resemble PCs in this regard. "When you look at the console space, I believe we will see more hardware innovation in the console space than we've ever seen," he explained. While both Sony and Microsoft could potentially release new, slightly upgraded versions of their consoles, competitor Nintendo is going in a more traditional direction with a brand new device codenamed NX, that will replace the Wii U and is expected to be unveiled some time this year.

Price is currently $399.99 they were discussing a better CPU which would raise the price to $499.99 we were guaranteed the price will be no higher than $499.99 (He mentioned the CPU upgrade quite a bit almost as if they haven't really decided on a final spec could be a pricing issue.) also there is currently no plan for any type of trade in program for current PS4 users but that could change.

They stated that the GPU is twice as powerful as standard PS4 and much faster. They did not say exactly how fast but that is was running at a higher clock speed while being much smaller than the original.

It will have a 4k blu ray player and will upscale games that are not natively 4k.

Also there was talk of some sort of VR lounge for the media player app which is supposed to be getting a substantial upgrade.

It was stated plainly and with no room for interpretation that there are developers that already have development kits for the PS4K and that they are making games that will directly target and take advantage of the higher specs of the PS4K. It was also stated that these games will in fact work for the PS4 but with considerable sacrifices made to performance.

It was also made very clear that current games would not be getting any type of performance upgrades by being played on the system and any benefits to older games would come via patch per game and per developer. When asked if this was going to happen the response was "Its a possibility but doubtful with the exception of a handful of games."
We were also given a list of games that will be available at launch that will directly take advantage of the PS4K where the differences are and I will quote him "Significant."

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Posted 3/30/16
Oh nifty. I just hope anyone who gets these things doesn't have any overheating issues.
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Posted 3/30/16
While I don't think it likely, it would be nice if there is some sort of upgrade option for those who already have a PS4.
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