PlayStation NEO also known previously as PS4.5 is likely to be named PlayStation 4K when it launches according to Sony trademarks filed previously in this console generation and marks the first time video game consoles receive a completely new hardware which does not make the previous one obsolete nor create exclusive titles for itself. Instead, the new PlayStation 4K (or PlayStation NEO depending which name Sony runs with at launch) will be used to give the choice of a higher spec machine to run all future PS4 games at a higher graphics and performance setting.
This is similar to what’s been going on in the computer gaming world for years. A friend has a better Gaming PC than you, but you still both buy the same exact game, running the same code and even joining each other online – all backwards / forwards compatible, but with two different levels of quality in terms of graphics and performance. That’s what PS NEO and Xbox ONE Scorpio are offering. It marks the first time we’ve seen a halfway point for a game console generation.
Will I still be able to play all of the PS4 / Xbox ONE games I currently own on the new hardware?
Will there be any exclusives for the PS4 NEO or Xbox ONE Scorpio?
No, Microsoft and Sony have made strict standards to forbid this.
So I can still play all of the new PS4 / Xbox ONE games without buying the new hardware?
Will there be exclusive levels / features for the NEO / Scorpio versions of games?
No, the game doesn’t have a different version – and Sony / MS have forbid exclusive features. It’s simply a better graphics / performance mode.
Why is this needed if nothing is exclusive?
There are gamers who would switch to PC Gaming or simply become dissatisfied with the quality level of games without this upgrade.
Is it true these systems are capable of 4K Graphics?
At this time it appears that a major marketing point will be that NEO / Scorpio support 4K graphics, however it is unlikely that this will be Native 4K and instead gamers can expect graphics higher than 1080P or equal to 1080P which are beyond what PS4 / Xbox ONE can handle and then are UPSCALED to 4K. As it stands, even the most expensive gaming computers costing thousands of dollars in parts fail to reach 4K for most games.
When will this new hardware release?
Currently the Scorpio is expected to release some time in 2017, while the NEO should be available by October 2016.
What about that OTHER New Xbox ONE?
It should be noted that there is also a new Xbox ONE hitting which is NOT the Xbox ONE Scorpio and this unit will be doing 4K upscaling for movie and television shows and boasts some other features, but will probably confuse a lot of people into thinking it’s the same as the Scorpio. This was a little shady of the marketing team who have thus far failed to make it clear to consumers that this is simply another regular Xbox ONE they are calling “Xbox ONE S” – it does not contain increased power, it isn’t the Scorpio. Buyer beware!
As more information becomes available RealGamerNewZ and many other video game news / editorial publications will be speaking on the future of this games console generation and its new mid-way hardware. We encourage readers to stay vigilant in learning as much as possible before considering purchase. While this staff views this new hardware as a good thing for the industry, it needs to be understood what the consumer is investing in before dollars are dedicated to this.