- Jan 23, 2007
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We know PlayStation 4.5 is real - but why is Sony making it? • Eurogamer.netSo what do we know about the rumoured PlayStation 4.5? In the wake of last week's post-GDC outing of the hardware by Kotaku, we have independently established that it's real and that Sony's R&D labs have prototype devices, and we also have more than one source referring to it as PlayStation 4K, the name we'll be using for now. And this is where things become slightly strange - because while more GPU power is being offered to developers, realistically it is nowhere near enough to provide native 4K gaming at the same quality level as current 1080p titles. The full extent of the spec is a current focus of enquiry for us, but realistically, it is simply impossible to cram the equivalent of today's top-end PC graphics hardware into a console-sized, mass-market box.
Everything we've heard positions PlayStation 4K as a machine capable of playing current and next-generation ultra HD media, while also offering support for other aspects of the 4K spec, such as high-dynamic range and a wider colour gamut - aspects of the 4K spec that could be introduced to gaming. However, in terms of additional computational power, we've got be realistic about what Sony can deliver with a mid-generation refresh.
Sony is sitting pretty with this console generation. PlayStation 4 is effectively the lead platform for developers on multi-platform titles. A potential danger in making PS4K too different from the older model is that developmental resources would be split, and software quality for the existing PS4 could slip. PS4K has to walk a tightrope - it has to offer something new to the core enthusiasts that propelled the original model to success, but at the same time, a 40m-strong userbase can't be left behind.
Maybe people are jumping the gun with normal development and R&D? And why wouldn't I springboard off ideas with some key developers to help me further my design for the future?
Did it? Did it really?
How many clues does he have to drop?
O! beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on - W. Shakespeare