After the news about a PlayStation 4.5 in the works broke out, the gaming world has not stopped speculating on the specs and features of the new console; and if most reports are true, PS4.5 will, indeed, be a magnificent gaming console.
PS4.5, according to several reports, is a major upgrade to Sony’s existing PlayStation 4 with the upgrade enabling the game console to support 4K resolution for games. The new game console, also highlighted, is being developed in preparation for PlayStation VR, which would demand more graphic power.
“VR demands a lot of power,” Tech Radar ‘s associate editor Hugh Langley wrote in a report. “And if Sony wants to offer the big, impressive VR games we all dream of playing, it will probably need more grunt power than the current PS4 can offer.”
Accordingly, Gizmodo UK editor Gerald Lynch said that if PlayStation 4.5 is what rumors say it is, it will then help provide “presence” in the virtual world hosted by PlayStation VR. Because although PlayStation VR can currently match the refresh rate and motion tracking front of Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, it is much less impressive visually.
“A PS4.5 might give the console a GPU and CPU boost, which would allow it potentially to power a more advanced headset and cater for more visually-complex VR experiences. It’s not guaranteed, but it could possibly open the door for 4K Blu-ray and 4K gaming, too,” Gerald Lynch said.
Meanwhile, Red Bull posed a rather interesting question in its report: “Will the PS4.5 be the PS4K?” Because according to the report, a 4K-ready console is extremely expensive compared to current prices. And knowing that Sony is known for keeping things smaller, cheaper and quieter, it seems unlikely that it will be producing PS4K.
“The PS4 is already an extremely capable console, and for many the attraction of 4K resolution games and premium virtual reality are simply not affordable propositions at the moment,” Huffington Post UK technology editor Thomas Tamblyn said.
Langley, accordingly, remains skeptical about PS4.5 supporting 4K gaming. He said, “It’s unlikely that we’ll be getting full-blown 4K resolution gaming at 60 frames per second. It’s just not technically feasible right now.”