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Sony confirms new “high-end” PlayStation 4

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The existence of an upgraded PlayStation 4 has been rumoured for ages now. Since Kotaku spilled the beans a few months ago, the rest of the internet Is pretty certain we’ll be seeing a brand new, upgraded PlayStation 4.

Sony has confirmed it. Speaking to the Financial Times, Sony’s Andrew House said that the PlayStation 4 is getting a higher-end upgrade.

“It is intended to sit alongside and complement the standard PS4,” he said. “We will be selling both [versions] 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,” he said.

So when will we see it? Not next week at E3.

“We want to ensure we have a full range of the best experiences on the new system that we can showcase in their entirety,” House said, dashing hopes we’d see a brand new console shown off.

And why is it happening in the first place? You can blame mobile phones – at least in part.

“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,” Andrew House said.

Interestingly, Sony will sell the new PS4 at a profit, skipping the loss-leader tactic we usually see with console launches. House also says the new console shouldn’t provide too much extra work for game developers, whos should only have to do a “small but manageable” bit of extra work.

There’s no word on release date or price – or if there are any sorts of trade in options.

Last Updated: June 10, 2016

16 Comments

  1. Admiral Chief Maximum Effort

    June 10, 2016 at 14:19

    Nice, upgrades, hehehe, kinda like a PC

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  2. Umar

    June 10, 2016 at 14:19

    Noob question…so Andrew said they are targeting people with 4k TVs looking for higher resolution content….That doesn’t necessarily mean the new console is actually targeting 4K resolution right?

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    • Admiral Chief Maximum Effort

      June 10, 2016 at 14:22

      Right, just hitting 1080p with 60fps now only

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      • Umar

        June 10, 2016 at 14:25

        Yeah, he just said for those people that want HIGHER resolution content on their 4K TV

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    • Donato

      June 10, 2016 at 14:24

      Well I would wager a guess that unless they charge R15k for it there would be no chance of 4K games

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    • Geoffrey Tim

      June 10, 2016 at 14:25

      Doubt it…thought if it is based on Polaris, it is within the reealms of reality

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      • Umar

        June 10, 2016 at 14:29

        AMD? Man….I wonder how long they’re gonna sit on this now. Speculation is gonna run amok…Not that it didn’t already.

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    • Ghost In The Rift

      June 10, 2016 at 14:32

      Think the new PS4 is targeted mostly for the PS VR.

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  3. 40 Insane Frogs

    June 10, 2016 at 14:30

    And so the hamster wheel falls upon the console nation… 🙁

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    • Francois Knoetze

      June 10, 2016 at 14:31

      very sad day indeed

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    • Pariah

      June 10, 2016 at 14:33

      It’s been coming since the start of this generation dude.

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  4. Francois Knoetze

    June 10, 2016 at 14:31

    Difference is the consumer with their already expensive catalogue of games can’t financially find it viable to upgrade every 3 years like a cellphone unless there is a contract available. Well I can’t at least. If this is going the way of pc I might as well get a pc. park it next to my tv and use an xbox one wirelesss remote.

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    • 40 Insane Frogs

      June 10, 2016 at 14:53

      I couldn’t have said it better – if this is our future then we might as well become PC gamers. It’ll be cheaper in the long term

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  5. 40 Insane Frogs

    June 10, 2016 at 14:40

    Comeon Nintey save us from the new status quo!!

    https://timenerdworld.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/smg-mario-2.jpeg

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  6. Alien Emperor Trevor

    June 10, 2016 at 14:40

    Imagine having a low-end PS4. *coughcough* 😀

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  7. WitWolfy

    June 11, 2016 at 06:29

    Excuse my French…But fuck this generation, wtf!? So every year or so we’re gonna get new consoles now?

    So they’re basically selling us the same hardware twice!!! Might as well sell all my current gen games and just go full on pc.

    No BC but better hardware!?!?! This must be some kind of sick joke I tell ya.

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