Tomorrow at 9pm local time, Sony’s hosting an event in New York where it’s expected that they’ll show off two new PlayStation 4 models. The first is the already leaked PlayStation 4 slim, which is already available to purchase in some second hand shops thanks to a bunch of them apparently “falling off a truck” somewhere in the Middle East.
The other? The also leaked, but infinitely more exciting PlayStation 4 Neo, an upgraded PlayStation 4 that’s supposed to be capable of playing existing and future PlayStation 4 games in higher fidelity, higher resolution and with better frame rates.
The system was originally uncovered by two separate branches of Kotaku after this year’s GDC in March. Later, specifications of the proposed, upgraded system emerged – showing that the system was getting a significant boost. But is it significant enough to drive 4K console gaming? Probably not. Not really. According to those specs, this is what you can expect from the PlayStation 4 Neo:
|Base PS4||PS4K Neo||Boost|
|CPU||Eight Jaguar cores clocked at 1.6GHz||Eight Jaguar cores clocked at 2.1GHz||1.3x|
|GPU||18 Radeon GCN compute units at 800MHz||36 ‘improved’ GCN compute units at 911MHz||2.3x FLOPs|
|Memory||8GB GDDR5 at 176GB/s||8GB GDDR5 at 218GB/s||24% more bandwidth, 512MB more useable memory|
After Microsoft’s announcement of its own more forward-thinking upgraded Xbox One, Scorpio, there’s been conjecture that Sony went back to the drawing board to make the Neo a little more powerful. I don’t think that’s happened, and I think the specs of the system we’ll see tomorrow evening will align quite closely with the information we currently have. I’d absolutely love to be wrong though.
What we do know about the Scorpio thus far is that it’s a beast, boasting six teraflops of power, the same 8 cores and 320GB/S of memory bandwidth – coming in at about 40% more powerful than the expected specs the PlayStation 4 Neo sports.
What we don’t know – yet – is what games (existing or yet to come) will feature support for the PlayStation 4 Neo. Future games will support running in ‘Base Mode’ and a new ‘Neo Mode’ that takes full advantage of the newer hardware. Given how incredible some PlayStation 4 games already look, I’m excited to see what the Neo is capable of.
What are you hoping to see at tomorrow’s reveal?
Last Updated: September 6, 2016