We know the PlayStation 4 is getting an upgrade. We’re not sure why, exactly, but we know it’s happening, and details are starting to come out. The system is currently codenamed Neo. Details slipped out from GiantBomb last night, and Eurogamer is confirming pretty much everything they said while adding more detail on top of it.
Developers, Eurogamer says, will “have the ability to add Neo support to their existing PlayStation 4 titles coming in September via a day one patch.” We could see games like Uncharted 4 and even some multi-platform games get big boosts after the fact. Sony’s documentation says that patched games should be able to receive higher, and more stable frame rates, improved graphics fidelity, and “additional graphics features.”
Sony isn’t specifying a release date to the studios receiving the development kit, but games supporting the upgraded console are expected to start hitting in October.
The most surprising observation from Eurogamer, though, is that there’s “no indication at all that any of the functionality found in PlayStation VR’s external processing box will make its way into the Neo hardware, nor is there any mention at all that Neo will benefit PSVR” in any way other than how it’ll benefit other PlayStation 4 games.
The assumption, as information started to leak out, was that this was an overhaul aimed at better supporting the VR headset Sony has coming, but it seems, simply, to be an upgrade. A few questions remain, such as how much this device will cost, when it will come out, and how Sony will position it while still keeping the cheaper PlayStation 4 on the market. E3 is just a couple months away though, so it likely won’t be too long before we find out.