A report from yesterday revealed additional details about Sony’s rumored PS4.5 codenamed “NEO”. Now the console is obviously better than the current-gen PS4, but perhaps in a bid to not alienate or anger their current customers, Sony reportedly has a rule in place that prevents developers from developing games specifically for the PS4.5.
This means that all games will still need to be designed for the PS4 in mind, it’s just that with the PS4.5, it will be able to squeeze more out of the game. It sounds like it would pretty fair for gamers, but it could also mean more work for developers who would essentially need to test the game out on both consoles. A tweet from Colin Moriarty of Kinda Funny Games has revealed that developers aren’t too thrilled about it.
According to his tweet, “A trusted source tells me most developers are not happy with PS4.5, and having to develop around it. Extra cost, planning, other nonsense.” This seems to stem around the fact that both the PS4 and PS4.5 need to be supported at the same time instead of an either or situation.
Like we said, it’s fair for gamers who bought the current PS4 and don’t have the money to trade-up, but it is more work for developers. Of course these are just rumors at the moment so we can’t say for sure what the deal Sony has with its developers, but with E3 taking place in a few month’s time, hopefully we’ll get the details then.