Last week, rumors arrived regarding a PlayStation 4.5 or, as some were calling it, a PlayStation 4K. This PS4K was set to serve as a mid-generation hardware refresh for the PS4, and it would include more processing power and a stronger GPU pushing the console to play games in 4K resolution.
Today, Eurogamer and Digital Foundry have “independently established that it’s real and that Sony’s R&D labs have prototype devices.” That is, the PlayStation 4K (which these new sources have claimed it is named currently), is far enough along that prototypes have been developed. However, their sources indicate that the stronger GPU realistically “is nowhere near enough to provide native 4K gaming at the same quality level as current 1080p titles.” What does the “4K” name mean, then? We’re not sure.
The sources indicated that the PlayStation 4K will be able to play “current and next-generation ultra HD media.” Its stronger hardware will allow for “high-dynamic range and a wider colour gamut.”.
Beyond adding their own confirmation to the PlayStation 4K, Digital Foundry and Eurogamer use the story to explore why console makers are okay with the idea of a mid-cycle hardware refresh. It’s an interesting read, and you can check it out in the source link below.
For now, what do you think of the idea of a PlayStation 4K?