After months of rumors, we finally have some official confirmation that there is indeed a more powerful PlayStation 4 coming, but Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Andrew House says say’s we’re going to have to wait a bit to find out more.
House spoke to the Financial Times, confirming that the upgraded hardware does exist. He said that the console, code named Neo, is directed at hardcore gamers and owners of 4K television sets – that likely means 4K video content, not 4K-resolution gaming.
The upgraded hardware won’t replace the standard PlayStation 4.
“It is intended to sit along side and complement the standard PS4,” he said. “We will be selling both [versions] throughout the lifecycle.”
As for when we’ll know more? House says that Sony wants “to ensure we have a full range of the best experiences on the system that we can showcase in their entirety,” meaning that the system won’t be at E3, and we won’t come away from the game show with a price point or release date.
House did confirm, though, that games will be cross-compatible across both.
“All games will support the standard PS4 and we anticipate all or a very large majority of games will also support the high-end PS4,” he said.
We do have a rough idea of the price point, though: Not cheap. House said that both the PlayStation VR headset, releasing this year, and the new PlayStation 4 will be “standalone profitable” at launch, meaning that each console sold will make Sony money rather than costing them a few bucks to get the system into consumer homes.
Sony’s E3 show is a few days away, but it looks like the focus will be on software, not hardware. We’ll find out on Monday, June 13 at 6 p.m. PST.