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Head-to-Head: Should you buy a PlayStation 4 Neo?


Sony is expected to unveil a new, updated PS4.5 (aka PS4 Neo) console at E3 on June 13th. If the rumoured spec bump and addition of a Ultra-HD Blu-Player are true – would you consider buying one?

In a the first of a new series called 'Head-to-Head', Deputy Editor Andy Vandervell (@andyvan) and Editor Evan Kypreos (@EvanKypreos) argue it out, but which side are you on?

Andy says…

Yes, if the price is right.

Considering the PS4 Neo will most likely feature a UHD Blu-Ray player, if the console launches for around £400, I think it’ll be pretty good value.

I’m excited to see what developers can do with the extra power of the new console too – hopefully it’ll mean we see better graphics and smoother frame rates, and I think the upgrade is essential for the future of PlayStation VR.

My only concern is about Sony and Microsoft’s long-term plans. Are we going to have to upgrade again in 2 years? How many of these incremental console upgrades will we have? I’d like Sony to explain all that at E3 2016 so I can make an informed decision.

Evan says…

Not yet, there are just too many unknowns.

Will developers really want to create two different versions of their game? Will the PS4.5 be required to play future Playstation VR games? Am I going to miss out on games and features if I don’t upgrade?

Andy mentions smoother frame rates, but what if you’re playing a competitive multiplayer game and the other player is running a faster version of the game on the new PS4.5 – surely they’ll be at an advantage which means I’ll have to upgrade.

There’s also the cost to consider. I bought my PS4 only a couple of years ago for £400 and already they want me to buy another one? If Sony offers some sort of console-upgrade programme where you can trade-in your PS4, I think I might consider it, but that’s a big if.

Would you buy a PS4.5? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @trustedreviews.

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