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So 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.
We know PlayStation 4.5 is real - but why is Sony making it? • Eurogamer.net
 

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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?
 
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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?


From a blog I found:

"This is a rumour that's grown and evolved into something of a monster. There's little doubt that Sony has a hardware refresh in the works, but what that will actually consist of is another question entirely. The earliest rumours, and not coincidentally those I think are most trustworthy, suggested that the main target of the refresh was 4K support - developers have supposedly been calling the new system "PlayStation 4K" - but didn't give any real details of what that would entail. The connection with PSVR is one that seems to have come organically from a range of assumptions by journalists or commentators online; if Sony is doing a more powerful PS4, and also doing a VR headset, doesn't it stand to reason that the more powerful PS4 is designed to drive a better experience for the VR?

Through all this, Sony has remained absolutely silent - a "we don't comment on rumours" stance that's not unusual for a platform holder, but which, in this specific case, represents a fairly momentous PR mistake. With the "PS4.5" being covered not just in specialist media but by mainstream outlets, Sony finds itself with a potentially hugely damaging story spreading like wildfire and mutating as it travels, which it has done precisely nothing to get out in front of. There is an increasingly widespread assumption that PS4 hardware sold now will be deeply inferior to what appears later this year, especially for PSVR; there's certainly disquiet among the almost 40 million people who have bought PS4s, many of whom now believe that their consoles will be outmoded only a year or two after purchase"

http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2016-04-01-sonys-making-a-big-mistake-by-not-addressing-ps4-5-rumors

Look, there's an awful lot of smoke here for there not to be fire. If there are others on the F9 that were about to purchase a PS4 like I was I would consider this to be valuable information. I'm going to wait and see what Sony announces at E3 but if the rumor mill continues to turn out stories like this then know it's in my best interest to wait until the end of the year.

Can I borrow someone's PS4 to play UC4? Anita?
 

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I'm going to wait and see what Sony announces at E3 but if the rumor mill continues to turn out stories like this then know it's in my best interest to wait until the end of the year.
You'll be sorry when you have all those knickknacks and nowhere to put them.
 

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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

Look at it this way... you still have Widge.

and if not... then at least you have the memories of him sitting on your lap @HQ.
 

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