New details have emerged about the rumored PlayStation 4.5. According to some leaked documents the upgraded console currently has the codename NEO and will feature a higher clock speed than the original PS4, an improved GPU, and higher bandwidth on the memory. Also according to this leak, starting in October every PS4 game is required to ship with both a “Base Mode” which will run on the currently available PS4 and a “NEO Mode” for use on the new console.
Here is a chart showing the differences between the two models:
|CPU||8 Jaguar Cores at 1.6 GHz||8 Jaguar Cores at 2.1 GHz|
|GPU||AMD GCN, 18 CUs at 800 MHz||Improved AMD GCN, 36 CUs at 911 MHz|
|Memory||8 GB GDDR5, 176 GB/s||8 GB GDDR5, 218 GB/s|
Games that run in NEO mode will be able to use the hardware upgrades (and an additional 512 MiB in the memory budget) to offer increased and more stable frame rate and higher visual fidelity, at least when those games run at 1080p on HDTVs. The NEO will also support 4K image output, but games themselves are not required to be 4K native.
Sony has apparently offered suggestions to developers to help them reach 4K resolutions for NEO mode game builds. If you have a 4K TV than the NEO will apparently upscale the game to fit that format. Sony has apparently told developers though that the frame rate of the games in NEO mode must match or exceed the frame rate of that game running on the base PS4 model. Both systems will live side by side and will use the same PSN store, same online communities, and feature the same user experience.
Sony is committed to keeping the player bases connected so there won’t be any exclusive NEO games. There will also not be any NEO exclusive gameplay options or special in game features such as a level editor or exclusive character or something.
The leaked documents don’t state that the NEO will launch this year but developers are not allowed to release NEO games until the NEO itself launches. If the developers want they can choose to patch their old games to run a NEO mode.
If all of this is true and take it all with a grain of salt for now then it is good news that there won’t be exclusive things for the NEO games. Many gamers including myself would hate to miss out on say a God of War 4 because we don’t have a NEO. Hopefully we learn more soon. What do you think of this recent information? Tell us in the comments below.