All three of the major console manufacturers in the current market have intentions of upgrading their hardware and promoting new consoles, with Nintendo having their NX, Microsoft’s Xbox One Slim and Project Scorpio however there have been recent rumours to suggest that Sony have intentions of bringing out their upgraded PlayStation 4 this year, under the name 4.5 or Neo.
The console was recently confirmed by Sony themselves, but it wasn’t shown during E3 unlike the arguable competitor of Microsoft being the Xbox One Slim. The newest addition to the long list of consoles Sony has produced will be capable of upscaling the current PS4 titles to 4K as well as a promising future for the upcoming PlayStation VR headset.
However with Sony deciding not to show off their latest console at E3, many thought it was an odd move and even more so when Microsoft showed both of their new consoles with some specifications to get us all a little bit more excited for the future of console gaming. So from Microsoft actually giving us something to discuss about and see during their E3 slot, is it a risky move for Sony to bring out their competing console this year?
While the PlayStation Neo was initially a competitor for the Xbox Scorpio, it may be the wrong step forward for Sony as their main selling point for the console is 4K gaming which is still somewhat obsolete in today’s society, with the market of 4K televisions and monitors being very niche.
That being said however, the new rival of the PlayStation Neo (the Xbox One S) may be taking a better step forward by offering 4K video playback as opposed to 4K gaming. A 4K compatible graphics card will probably cost more than a PlayStation 4 entirely and perhaps it’s too early to be pushing such an advanced age of graphical changes with the future still to come.
The PlayStation is certain to be a lot more powerful than we’ve seen previously without a doubt, and with the way games are headed this year and next, I’m sure it’ll pay off in the long run by having such a huge advantage over the Xbox One S, but this puts another few question in perspective:
Will Microsoft use what they’re going to see with the release of the PlayStation 4.5 and make an additional console to counteract it?
My answer? Probably. Now, we already know that they’re making the Scorpio and that the Xbox One Slim is soon to be released, and we’ve been given the specifications of the console so we’re aware of what to expect from it. Sony have probably taken what Microsoft have dished out and improved their upcoming console with the intention of keeping a strong player base, that of which still tops the chart against the two. But Microsoft could very easily make an additional improved console alongside the Xbox One S but would it be economically beneficial? Probably not.
Are Sony using this as a means of releasing an even more powerful console later on to battle the Xbox Scorpio?
Maybe. Sony have always managed to keep their fans happy with whatever they throw in the loop, and this is certainly one of the more rambunctious things to do, perhaps one of the smartest things post E3 considering they kept quiet about their future console during the event. Initially I’d assumed that the PS4.5/Neo was to be the contender against the Xbox Scorpio but now it’s making me wonder if they have another card up their sleeve, or they know that the Scorpio can’t match the performance of their own console.
At the end of the day, both companies have been around for long enough to see that this is a competition. All the gamers care about is how much we’re going to enjoy the console, and the benefits we’ll see from choosing one over the other. Yes, the PS4.5/Neo will have 4K benefits but will that be something we need for a 2016 release? Possibly, but more than likely not. Will it be beneficial in the future? Yes of course, 4K gaming is a growing market and the prices of monitors and TVs are slowly reaching the same price as a decent Ultra HD TV. However the Xbox One S is an upgrade that fans of the current console need to stay in the loop for a fairly decent price, without 4K gaming qualities – maybe neither were needed, and focus should’ve been kept on the future projects instead.
This is just my opinion however, and we’d love to hear from you down below in the comments whether or not you think this move on Sony’s end is going to benefit them or if it’s going to be a financial crisis.