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

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.”

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