With the noted exception of whatever the Regginator and Shiggy have in store for us with next year’s Nintendo NX, we probably can’t expect to see any next-generation home consoles any time soon. With Xbox One game playing capabilities rumored to be coming to Windows 10 PCs, this could be the end of an era… but not before Sony goes out with a higher resolution bang in the form of the PlayStation 4.5, because the company has now officially confirmed the Sony PS4K.

Also dubbed the PlayStation 4 Neo — since we’re still not entirely sure they’ve decided on a final name for it yet — the Sony PS4K will be just like the existing PS4 except that it will support 4K video. To be able to render upgraded games with four times the resolution, Sony will be boosting the performance of the new console with more powerful bits.

The exact specs have not been announced, but there was a leak in April indicating that the PS4 Neo would get a CPU with 8 Jaguar cores clocked at 2.1 GHz (compared to 1.6 GHz on the current model) and an improved AMD GCN GPU with 36 CUs at 911 MHz (vs 18 CUs at 800 MHz). They’re reportedly sticking with 8 GB of GDDR5 RAM, but the speed has been boosted significantly from a mere 17 GB/s to a much peppier 218 GB/s.

Both the current PS4 and the new PS4K will support PlayStation VR and the plan is to sell both versions of the console side-by-side “though the life-cycle.” And before you get your hopes up about seeing the new system at next week’s E3, Sony has no plans to show it off there. Probably because they have no games to take advantage of the new features and boosted power yet.

Via The Independent

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