After Microsoft officially released Xbox One S earlier this month, Sony too is set to unveil their?upcoming 4K-capable PlayStation 4 Neo console at PlayStation event on September 7th.
Reports from ArsTechnica say that the company has sent out invites to a ?PlayStation? meeting taking place in The PlayStation Theatre, New York on September 7 at 3pm ET (8pm UK time). The company is being elusive about the details, saying only that it will ?share details about the PlayStation business? and it is unclear if Sony will announce a release date or price for the new console.
The new device codenamed Neo has been going under the moniker PS4K or PS4.5 since Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Andrew House had confirmed the 4K PS4 upgrade in an interview with the Financial Times back in June.
?We will be selling both [versions] through the life cycle,? House said. To reassure owners of the current console, he added, ?All games will support the standard PS4, and we anticipate all or a very large majority of games will also support the high-end PS4.?
PS4K Neo Specifications
The PS4 Neo is s said to support 4K games and other media. Earlier report from gaming website GiantBomb detailed the specifications of PS4 Neo, which includes a boost in new console?s CPU clock speed, more and faster GPU cores, and higher bandwidth memory.
The Neo is said to be based on the AMD technology and includes an all-new eight-core 64 bit processor with 2.1Ghz clock speed. The console also supports 8GB of GDDR5 RAM with an improved AMD GPU with 36 Compute Units (CU) running at 911MHz, and a memory bandwidth bump up to 218GB/s.
It is not known whether Neo will sport a 4K Blu-ray drive like Microsoft’s Xbox One S, but given the company?s movie ties and the 4K-capable hardware, it seems highly likely.
Price and Release Date
Sony?s plans to announce PS4K now came as a surprise to many as the company is launching its PlayStation-only VR (PSVR) headset in October. It seems with Microsoft?s 4K Xbox One S and plans for Xbox Scorpio, Japanese tech giant may want to take on its competition.
Since PSVR is releasing October, it remains likely the PS4 Neo could debut later in starting of 2017. The price of the new console too remains unclear but it is likely the company will follow the footsteps of Microsoft and present a more reasonable price for its upgraded console. The current PlayStation 4 is priced between $300-$350 and we can expect PS4K to be priced between $300 minimum.