E3 2016 is approaching fast and wild rumour season is in full effect. In the case of the fabled Sony PS4K, we might have stumbled upon some juicy gossip just crazy enough to be true.
A poster on the NeoGAF forums purportedly obtained information from an unnamed meeting, claims the console will arrive packing twice the GPU power of the current PS4 console.
According to the user, dubbed OsirisBlack, the PS4 will have also a 4K Blu-ray player and will be capable of upscaling non 4K games, essentially making this a PS5.
During the post, which already has current PS4 owners reaching for pitch forks & torches and marching on Sony HQ, it was also claimed there’ll be games that specifically target the PS4K.
The rumour monger says these games will still work on the PS4 but (deep breaths here, PS4 owners) “with considerable sacrifices made to performance.” Essentially making this a PS5 with backward compatibility.
Among these specially-made games for PS4K are ‘GOW4’ which is thought to mean God of War 4, while PSVR owners will benefit from a enhanced version of EVE: Valkyrie at launch.
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According to the forum poster, retail price could be $399.99, but Sony may decide to fit the console with an even faster CPU that would add another $100 to the asking price.
Adding more insult to potential injury for the 36 million owners of the 2.5 year old PS4 “there is currently no plan for any type of trade in program for current PS4 users.” However, the poster says that could change.
All in all, we’d still take this information with enough salt to make it safe to drive up (and down) Everest in a clapped out Ford Fiesta.
A machine offering twice the GPU speed stands out as being the farthest fetched idea, while it’s difficult to imagine Sony being that cruel to current PS4 owners by releasing a veritable PS5 under a mid-cycle moniker.
It would also destroy the goodwill Sony created with the aggressive and accessible pricing of the PSVR.
However, it has to be said, doubts prevailed over whether the current set-up will ever be enough to run the PlayStation VR platform in a manner than can challenge Oculus and HTC.
Regardless of the questionable legitimacy of the claims, PS4 owners are up in arms.
“The lack of a generous upgrade path is a real bummer. I am not pleased,” wrote Glix, while foxbeldin added: “So the worst outcome I imagined” and those are just the ones we can publish.
Would you be baying for Sony’s blood if this comes to fruition? Or are you now glad you held off on a PS4? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.