Over 40 million people own the PlayStation 4. Sony's betting that the remaining 6.96 billion people on planet Earth are holding out for a new version.
This new PlayStation 4, dubbed "Neo" (as a codename), is more powerful than ever. It's capable of powering games in a 4K/UltraHD resolution — roughly four times the resolution the PS4 is currently capable of pushing.
Sony's only said so much about the new console, but reputable rumors from multiple sources paint a clearer picture of what we can expect from PS4 Neo. We've gathered that all together right here.
DON'T PANIC: The original PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Neo share a game library.
The games you already own for PlayStation 4 will continue to work on PlayStation 4 Neo. There are no games that are only available on the new system. PlayStation 4 Neo is, "intended to sit alongside and complement the standard PS4," according to Sony's head of PlayStation, Andrew House.
To that end, it'll make games look better (higher resolution). But don't expect any PlayStation 4 Neo-exclusive games.
It's more powerful than ever before, but not the most powerful game console in the works.
PlayStation 4 Neo, internally, is slightly different than the current PS4. It's not a gigantic jump in power, but it is a notable lift. Here's the full rundown, care of leaked specs:
- It's got the same main processor, but it's been tweaked to run slightly faster.
- It's got a new graphics processor that's far more capable than the current PS4's graphics processor (just over twice as powerful).
- It's got the same amount of memory, but it's also been tweaked to handle more equations.
All of which is to say: No, you don't need to replace your current PlayStation 4 with Neo. And if you're looking for a major jump in game console hardware, the new Xbox One ("Project Scorpio") coming in 2017 is the one to buy.
Games (and movies) can be played in 4K/UltraHD resolution — the next step for television.
4K and UltraHD are the next evolution of television. Like standard definition was to high definition, such is high definition to 4K/UltraHD. Neo can produce both games and movies in 4K.
You'll want a nice 4K/UltraHD TV to really take advantage of those prettier games. If you've already got one, that's fantastic! But you're in the minority — less than a quarter of American households have them.
4K/UltraHD TVs currently cost somewhere in the range of $500 to $1,000 (and up, of course), depending on size and options and which company you go with — Samsung's TVs cost more than Vizio's TVs, for instance. They aren't outrageously expensive, but you'll pay a lot more for a new 4K/UltraHD TV than you will for the standard HD equivalent.