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PS4.5 will feature a new GPU, CPU and have no exclusive games

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PS4.5 gets more details

The PlayStation 4.5 is a hot topic thanks to a leak from Kotaku a few weeks ago, and the fires have been stoked once again with more information apparently being procured by the lovely people over at GiantBomb. The PS 4.5, or PlayStation NEO as far as the leak goes, is sounding like a far more involved console upgrade than previously expected, which is leading Sony to take some precautions with it.

Firstly, what makes the NEO tick? The PS New will apparently feature the same 500GB HDD as the PS4 (which is the one part of the console that probably no one would be sour over upgrading), but feature a brand new CPU, GPU and additional RAM. The new GPU will offer around half a gigabyte more video memory to PS4 developers, which makes a big difference to massive open-world titles that need to keep loads of textures and models loaded in at a time. So, like 90% of most videogames now.

The PS NEO will also reportedly feature faster memory bandwidth and higher CPU clock speeds, all of which combine to provide the console with one thing in excess: Power. This additional power is reportedly going to be used to provide more stable experiences for games at higher visual fidelity, as well as make 4K upscaling (and possibly native 4K gaming) possible. Sounds great, but what does it mean for the 40 million existing PS4 owners?

Sony is apparently well aware of the implications of splitting their user base, and as such is trying to impose restrictions on developers already. PS4 games will now ship in two variants, namely “Base Mode” and “NEO mode”. The latter will be a better, smoother and generally more visually pleasing version of the base version, but Sony is apparently adamant that developing a NEO version can’t affect the quality of the base game. That’s to avoid the situation unfolding on the New3DS right now – where games running on the base 3DS just aren’t cutting it.

It’s a tough sell to developers though, who will now have to put in additional effort into a new version of a project just for a new market. Contrary to popular belief, making sure that a game runs up to scratch on two platforms isn’t as simple as tweaking some settings. Getting the most out of the PS NEO will take extra development time, and if it can’t stray too far from the base version it will be interesting to see which developers take the plunge.

It’s still an incredibly confusing strategy by Sony overall though, especially if reports are true in suggesting that the console could be out by the end of the year. It’s optimistic to think that Sony could fairly support two different consoles and keep fans on both happy, but the reality is that this staggered strategy could do more harm than good.

Last Updated: April 19, 2016

92 Comments

  1. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    April 19, 2016 at 07:54

    OMG, Neo is an anagram for One. PS4 ONE!
    *cries in the corner

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief in New York

      April 19, 2016 at 07:58

      There there, it will be ok

      Reply

    • Ir0nseraph

      April 19, 2016 at 08:01

      XD

      Reply

    • HairyEwok

      April 19, 2016 at 08:19

      So basically this is like the first version of many to come XD

      Reply

    • RinceThis

      April 19, 2016 at 16:25

      lol

      Reply

    • Ghost In The Rift

      April 23, 2016 at 16:33

      Together Neo and Morpheus will win the war…..Yeah that just happen’d…..

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        April 25, 2016 at 08:02

        Where’s Trinity though?

        Reply

        • VampyreSquirrel

          May 5, 2016 at 13:15

          The Vita… The unholy child of the PS4 and PSP… therefore, a Trinity 😛

          Reply

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            May 5, 2016 at 13:37

            XD

  2. evilsheepclone

    April 19, 2016 at 08:04

    Cost?

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief in New York

      April 19, 2016 at 08:04

      Same as medium range gaming PC

      Reply

      • Pieter Kruger

        April 19, 2016 at 10:32

        To hit 4k?

        Reply

      • Fox1 - Retro

        April 19, 2016 at 10:34

        R10k then.

        Reply

        • CypherGate

          April 19, 2016 at 10:42

          Around R13 000 give or take how pathetic our Rand is.

          Reply

  3. Gareth Lagesse (eXCheez)

    April 19, 2016 at 08:07

    I don’t believe it, to be honest. Not to mention that the name is too similar to their main rival.

    Reply

  4. Ir0nseraph

    April 19, 2016 at 08:08

    I guess I will wait and see on this one, no need to be a day one purchase and if the game library of enhanced titles is as lacking as the original PS4 launch there really is no need to upgrade for a while.

    Reply

    • HairyEwok

      April 19, 2016 at 08:21

      But if you upgrade now you will be able to play those base PS4 games so much smoother… You may even hit 60fps *gasps*

      Reply

      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        April 19, 2016 at 08:21

        @720p…

        Reply

        • HairyEwok

          April 19, 2016 at 08:22

          shhh don’t shatter their dreams.

          Reply

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            April 19, 2016 at 08:26

            XD

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 19, 2016 at 08:58

            LOLOLOLOLOL

      • Ir0nseraph

        April 19, 2016 at 08:22

        O really what have I been missing out on 😛
        *goes and pre orders …

        Reply

  5. Greylingad[CNFRMD]

    April 19, 2016 at 08:12

    Playstation 4? Nee Ou…

    Reply

  6. Umar

    April 19, 2016 at 08:13

    I don’t know if this is real, but I believe that we are going to get a PS4 revision, whether we like it or not. I don’t know, time will tell if this will work out.

    Reply

    • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

      April 19, 2016 at 08:17

      The problem with this is that games will not only take longer to “balance” but will naturally be driven up in price… Why would you, on a supposedly set piece of hardware, bring in an upgrade that is incompatible with the older version? Stupid really, no, idiotic more so…

      Reply

  7. Admiral Chief in New York

    April 19, 2016 at 08:13

    UpgradeStation fawr punt vyf

    Reply

  8. Mistake Not...

    April 19, 2016 at 08:15

    Me: “I’m going to buy a PS4 so I only need to upgrade once a decade :)”
    Sony: “Yeah, about that…”

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief in New York

      April 19, 2016 at 08:16

      LOOOOOOOOOOOL

      Reply

    • HairyEwok

      April 19, 2016 at 08:28

      Rekt…. Dear console owners, there’s plenty of space on the upgrade boat, next stop, port broken bank…

      Reply

  9. VampyreSquirrel

    April 19, 2016 at 08:16

    Neo? Matrix reference, therefore it’s the ONE… shout out to the Xbox One! XD

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief in New York

      April 19, 2016 at 08:18

      Hammersteyn already connected that dot, slow bro, sloooow!
      😛

      Reply

      • VampyreSquirrel

        April 19, 2016 at 08:27

        Yeah I know… it’s too early

        Reply

  10. Admiral Chief in New York

    April 19, 2016 at 08:17

    How old is the Fawr now? Right, so in that short space, it has not only been upgraded once, but twice (1TB and now this)

    I’d be SUPER pissed if I bought one because “PCs need constant upgrading and are too expensive”

    Now, PC gaming is cheaper with games AND with hardware LOOOL

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief in New York

      April 19, 2016 at 08:18

      That being said, I feel for the FawrFolk

      Reply

      • Ottokie

        April 19, 2016 at 08:18

        Tell me about it xD

        Reply

        • Admiral Chief in New York

          April 19, 2016 at 08:18

          JY WIL MOS!

          Reply

          • Ottokie

            April 19, 2016 at 08:19

            Buy PS4 on Saturday rAge, get to office on Monday… hey everyone there is a new PS4 on the way!

          • Ottokie

            April 19, 2016 at 08:19

            That mistake was ninja edited! F5 you monster!

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 19, 2016 at 08:31

            TOO LATE

          • Ottokie

            April 19, 2016 at 08:37

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 19, 2016 at 08:57

            cat.exe is hanging

          • Ottokie

            April 19, 2016 at 08:58

            “Kavat has spotted you”

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 19, 2016 at 09:05

            Inaros makes short work of those

          • Ottokie

            April 19, 2016 at 09:09

            I haven’t played him at max level yet.

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 19, 2016 at 09:13

            I’m on 14 now I think, that thing is a damn tank

    • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

      April 19, 2016 at 08:20

      EXACTLY!! I am fortunate enough to own both a PC and PS4, not that I buy PS4 games anymore, unless they’re exclusives or couch co-ops, but mine is not even a year old, that makes me feel like a complete morons, because I could’ve rather invested in a GTX 980Ti or even an AMD FOOOOORRRRRRIIIIIIEEEEEE!!!!

      Reply

      • ElimiNathan

        April 19, 2016 at 11:02

        I was in the same boat. I sold my PS4 and got a GTX 980Ti

        Reply

        • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

          April 19, 2016 at 11:07

          And?! How is it?

          Reply

          • ElimiNathan

            April 19, 2016 at 11:15

            Amazing. Takes anything I throw at it. My bottleneck is my CPU at the moment I’m running the good old i5 3570k at stock speed. Either need to OC or upgrade

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            April 19, 2016 at 11:23

            *drooling ensues*

    • Umar

      April 19, 2016 at 08:20

      GO AWAY YOU MASTER RACE PERSON YOU

      Reply

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        April 19, 2016 at 08:50

        #StayUpgradedUmar

        Reply

    • Francois Knoetze

      April 19, 2016 at 08:55

      Just sayin but the 1 TB isn’t really an upgrade… Did that when I bought the thing and installed a hybrid drive on launch day.

      Reply

    • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

      April 19, 2016 at 09:04

      • Francois Knoetze

        April 19, 2016 at 09:10

        This just became my favourite gif…Frank Underwood FTW

        Reply

        • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

          April 19, 2016 at 09:11

          XD

          Reply

  11. HairyEwok

    April 19, 2016 at 08:18

    I foresee a huge rise in sales for the ps4 2nd hand. Stuffs going to flood listed re-sale sites.

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief in New York

      April 19, 2016 at 08:18

      Finally I’ll be able to play TLOU it seems…

      Reply

    • konfab

      April 19, 2016 at 08:21

      And that is a bad thing why? Lower the price of the best console this generation by tempting all the PC gamers/rich kids with 4k

      Reply

      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        April 19, 2016 at 08:27

        That’s assuming that the PC owners are not on 4k already…

        Reply

        • konfab

          April 19, 2016 at 08:30

          Whatever the NEO will cost, it will be less than a 4K PC.

          Reply

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            April 19, 2016 at 08:38

            That, unfortunately, remains to be seen…

          • Cat

            April 19, 2016 at 12:31

            It has been said to cost $399 for the new console.

      • HairyEwok

        April 19, 2016 at 08:37

        Never said that it’s a bad thing…. Why would a PC gamer want a console that does 4K when he has a PC that does 4K and all that needs doing is to do buy a remote controller?

        Reply

        • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

          April 19, 2016 at 08:39

          This^!

          Reply

        • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

          April 19, 2016 at 09:03

          How many people are estimated to have Pcs that can do 4K? Not trolling just curious

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 19, 2016 at 09:08

            42

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            April 19, 2016 at 09:11

            heh

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 19, 2016 at 09:12

            Wrapped in a towel to keep it safe

          • Ottokie

            April 19, 2016 at 09:08

            That’s a question for the first world countries.

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 19, 2016 at 09:08

            fawr-thousand?

  12. Vernon Jonker

    April 19, 2016 at 08:40

    hahaha

    Reply

    • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

      April 19, 2016 at 08:43

      HAHAHAHAHA!!!

      Would it’ve been better if it was Playstation 4 Mr.Anderson?

      Reply

    • HairyEwok

      April 19, 2016 at 08:54

      The gothic PS4 is too colourful with that neo logo XD

      Reply

    • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

      April 19, 2016 at 09:02

      THIS!

      Reply

  13. oVg

    April 19, 2016 at 09:51

    In other words, 30fps/1080p

    Reply

  14. Raptor Rants

    April 19, 2016 at 10:25

    And this is why it was stupid to use older tech in the consoles from the get go. I called it back then and it’s happening. The new consioles wouldn’t suffice in power and they’d have to update the consoles earlier to match.

    Gone are the days of consoles lasting 5 – 6years or more in a generation. To keep up consoles would need to be updated more frequently.

    Let’s not mince words here. THis isn’t a PS4. It’s a PS5. It’s just a marketing gimick to call it a PS 4.5 NEO. Original adopters are going to be PISSED.

    Reply

    • Fox1 - Retro

      April 19, 2016 at 10:34

      +100000000000

      Reply

    • CypherGate

      April 19, 2016 at 10:34

      Yeah so true. When they first announced the consoles and showed the specs I was like…. really? Thats it? We waited SO long for new consoles and this is what they gave us. I think they should have pushed back on the console department a few years until better tech came out or they should have just gone the full custom route again.

      Reply

  15. Ryanza

    April 19, 2016 at 10:34

    New CPU. New GPU. That is what you call a new PC built. Welcome to the new PS5.

    More harm than good. It’s been 4 years since PS4 was released underpowered for the year 2013.
    They need better hardware. They needed better hardware back in 2013.

    This is the future of console upgrade. I am very interested in this PS4.5, just as long as they don’t DRM the console and retail games.

    Don’t Support DRM.

    Reply

  16. ElimiNathan

    April 19, 2016 at 10:36

    Must be dreaming if they think they gna get Native 4k gaming on proper 3D games with those specs. Maybe 2D games

    Reply

  17. CypherGate

    April 19, 2016 at 10:36

    You know Sony should have waited. Just waited till Pascal came out and slam that console with a custom 1080 GTX mini version with HBM2 memory with 500gig SSD and a nice 14nm custom 6600k Skylake processor.

    Reply

  18. CypherGate

    April 19, 2016 at 10:45

    Microsoft and Sony will definitely bring out updated consoles. Why? Cause Nintendo NX is supposedly 2 times more powerful than the current PS4 and around 2.5times more powerful than the Xbox One. So to stay competitive they would do this. Well… Thats my theory lol

    Reply

  19. UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    April 19, 2016 at 10:49

    Hmmmmm not sure how I feel about this. They should at least have some kind of trade/swap thing for current PS4 owners. Just feels wrong really…

    Reply

  20. Strawman Jim

    April 19, 2016 at 11:10

    Squeeze those uders Sony… Milk your fanbase, until we all get pissed off and hope that Nintendo rises from the flames again…

    Reply

  21. Alien Emperor Trevor

    April 19, 2016 at 11:21

    So if you’re against this is your response:

    So, no? or So, nee?

    Reply

  22. Kevin Gilbert

    April 19, 2016 at 22:27

    Anyone know if the wireless card is getting an upgrade to pick up 5ghz signals instead of slow as molasses 2.4ghz?

    Reply

  23. Kevin Gilbert

    April 19, 2016 at 22:28

    Are current ps4 owners going to be screwed or is there a trade in option in the works?

    Reply

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