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PS4 Neo "won’t create haves and have-nots", says Sony gaming boss

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Sony has pledged not to implement a two-class system for PlayStation gamers who remain concerned that the Neo console will render their original PS4 obsolete.

Speaking to Time at E3 2016, SIE Worldwide Studios Chairman Shawn Layden said that the high-end PS4 will not "create haves and have-nots".

Instead, Layden said the new 4K-enabled console codenamed Neo will offer the “same experience” as the PS4, only with enhancements in resolution in graphics.

So, essentially, not the same experience then?

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When asked whether consoles were becoming like smartphones, with new machines bought more regularly, Layden said that wasn't on the agenda – a stance shared by Xbox counterpart Phil Spencer.

“Phil and I are in agreement on that", he said. “With this move towards a high-end PS4, it’s not to bifurcate the market. We’re not creating haves and have-nots. There’s only going to be one game on sale, and it will play on both [consoles]. You’ll have the same experience, but one will be delivered at a higher resolution, with an enhanced graphical experience, but everything else is going to be exactly as you’d expect.”

Layden also commented on PlayStation VR and the range of titles and experiences coming to what he described as a “new platform for entertainment”, rather than a PS4 peripheral.

“And as we step into that frontier, we’re not entirely sure what’s going to work best. So we’re trying many different experiences against that, dozens of different approaches.

“And over time, as we’ve seen with almost any form of entertainment, it will coalesce around half a dozen or so experiences that work well in that medium.

“It probably won’t be until the second wave or third wave of titles until you see stuff that can only occur in VR.”

Are you feeling confident about the longevity of your current PS4 console? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Simon Ng

June 15, 2016, 12:03 am

It is a gravy train that Sony and Microsoft is building. Enhancement of graphics is another experience as 4k is over 2k TV.But would not be as dramatic as in movies.There should not be a price hike with the new consoles and the old PS4 discontinued.
VR is a money earner that console makers want and not just left to PC vendors.

Brian Bunbun

June 15, 2016, 6:38 pm

I'm in a unique situation here... I just got a PS4 yesterday on sale. Before it's out of the box I hear about this PS4k Neo (I should have realized there was a reason they dropped the price). Now I have to make a decision: do I open the ps4 and enjoy it, trusting that Sony isn't working on making it obsolete in a year, and hope Sony has comes up with some kind of trade-up program? Or do I take it back and wait until I know more?

Preparation Heche

June 19, 2016, 5:51 am

Huh-huh! Obsolete gaming platform!

***does gay southern preacher impression***

Hydrium

June 21, 2016, 12:03 am

I'll just stick to my PS4 and PC and once the PS4 has met the end of its life cycle I'll be done with consoles. The only reason consoles had a market in the first place was ease of local multiplayer, no installing of games and no lengthy downloads and now most games doesn't even have that opting for online play, day 1 patches and installing to hard drives for increased performance. Why would I buy a gaming machine that cannot be upgraded, very hard to mod and cannot easily support local multiplayer? It just sounds like a worse PC in every respect. Sorry Sony and MS, you've made your bed and I'll not be joining you.

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