More sources have stepped up and confirmed that Sony really is planning a mid-cycle hardware refresh with the PlayStation 4. Internally, and potentially even externally down the line, the company is calling it the PlayStation 4K.
The PS4K will, according to Wall Street Journal‘s sources this time, be a “more powerful version” of the PlayStation 4. It’s designed to “handle higher-end gaming experiences, including virtual reality…”
That marks three sites with their own sets of sources, for those keeping track. The other two are Kotaku and Eurogamer. The latter actually had some really interesting tidbits about the PS4K. Here’s what we wrote then.
Today, Eurogamer and Digital Foundry have “independently established that it’s real and that Sony’s R&D labs have prototype devices.” That is, the PlayStation 4K (which these new sources have claimed it is named currently), is far enough along that prototypes have been developed. However, their sources indicate that the stronger GPU realistically “is nowhere near enough to provide native 4K gaming at the same quality level as current 1080p titles.” What does the “4K” name mean, then? We’re not sure.
The sources indicated that the PlayStation 4K will be able to play “current and next-generation ultra HD media.” Its stronger hardware will allow for “high-dynamic range and a wider colour gamut.”
The Wall Street Journal says that the PlayStation 4K will be announced before PlayStation VR’s release this coming October. We’ll have more on this refresh as it comes.