According to a report released by the gaming site Kotaku, Sony Corporation is working on the launch of a new and heavily powered up version of its popular PlayStation 4 gaming console.
According to the highly speculative report, the new PS4 offshoot, informally named PS4.5, will offer some serious power through augmentations that include beefed up graphical power and gameplay that runs in 4K resolution and 4K graphic textures.
The current model of the PlayStation 4 offers a 1080p pixel size for its games but can output 4K photos and even videos. However, supporting active 4K gaming itself is more difficult and the new 4K upgrade that the report rumors would be able to handle live gaming graphics in 4K while also allowing developers to push out more effects and other graphical tweaks for superior, more realistic gaming.
Furthermore a more powerful version of the PS4 with 4K gaming capacity would naturally enough also feature a higher-end GPU, meaning a more closely matched gaming platform to heavy duty competitors like the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive VR headset system, which are both designed for powerhouse and 4K PCs.
4K graphics capacity in console or PC games can heavily improve visuals
In any case, the report also notes that it’s still unclear whether users will have to get their hands on a completely new PlayStation device or if they’ll be able to simply get an upgrade to their existing PS4 gaming consoles. There is also speculation that a trade-in service might be the case, by which gamers can hand in their older PS4 for this supposed newer UHD-capable model.
Sony itself was contacted about the PS4.5 report but declined to comment with anything more than the following canned response, “We can’t comment on rumors or speculation.”
Yet another interesting angle to these rumors of a 4K-capable PlayStation 4.5 is the issue of virtual reality.
While the existing PS4 headset for VR offers up only 1080p graphics, it also lacks the harder computing power needed for a truly in-depth and detailed VR gaming experience. And unlike the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, which work off PCs of potentially scalable processing power, the PS4 headset works only off the console technology Sony offers. In this context a new and upgraded PS4 with 4K and consequently stronger graphics processing capacity would also presumably be able to offer up a more powerful virtual reality gaming experience.
So far, all of the above is simply speculative and Sony itself has to tread carefully so as not to upset the applecart of the existing gaming ecosystem they’ve created for their customers. As for the price that a future 4K PS4.5 upgrade might go for, we would guess that it will sell for the PS4’s older price of $400, which was dropped to $350 in the fall of 2015.