It has long been rumored that Sony has been working on a new and upgraded version of their current generation console, the PlayStation 4, capable of reaching display resolutions of up to 4K and those rumors can now die down as an executive at Sony has confirmed the machine’s existence.
Andrew House, the president and group CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, confirmed the new machine’s existence in an interview with the Financial Times.
Unfortunately, for Sony fans who are waiting to get the tech giant’s new home console in order to upgrade their visual experience, the device will not be at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) despite the confirmation coming mere days before the event.
House’s confirmation came after months of rumors and speculation arose, claiming that Sony was working on a version of the PlayStation 4 given the codename “Neo.” House confirmed that the PlayStation Neo will indeed be capable of outputting displays for both video games and regular videos at up to 4K resolution, and that it will be released and run right alongside the base version of the PlayStation 4.
“It is intended to sit alongside and complement the standard PS4, we will be selling both [versions] through the life cycle,” said House of his company’s plans to continue supporting the current owners of the base version of the PlayStation 4.
The confirmation of the “Neo” and its capability for higher quality graphics means that games for the PlayStation platform must now be developed with essentially two versions, one for the base and one for the “Neo” with settings that can run up to 4K resolution, or at least be developed with the capability to be set at 4K resolution.
House said that “all or a very large majority of games will also support the high-end PS4” which suggests that Sony plans to have developers include 4K support into the base game instead of creating a separate version. Some also believe that all games for the platform will run on the Neo, but that does not necessarily mean that they will all have 4K support.