For over a year now, it has been rumored that Sony PlayStation will be releasing an upgrade to its console Play Station 5. Now, the rumor mill tells that the company is actually launching a console called PlayStation 4.5
In a recent report published by Kotaku, PS4.5 will have increased graphical power and games running at 4K resolution. Sony may be launching the new console to compliment the launch of PlayStation VR, the headset that Sony will launch this fall. PlayStation 4.5 will pack more processing power so that it can enhance the graphics of the games that are compatible with the Virtual Reality (VR) headset. The quality of a VR game is dependent on maximum resolution so upgrading titles from 1080 pixels to 4K would make them comparable to PC-based VR games.
For the not so techie individuals, 4K resolution is around four times the pixel size of 1080 pixels, currently the standard for games on PlayStation 4 and its competitors. While the PS 4 can generate 4K photos and videos it does not have support for 4K resolution games. PS 4.5 will bring this capability into a console. Aside from resolution, developers can also have the opportunity to push for more effects and other graphical tweaks to make their games look better, courtesy of an upgraded GPU.
With an upgraded version, the PS 4 will become more competitive with PCs with virtual reality capability. It will come loaded with a higher-end GPU which can make it more competitive with the more expensive Oculus Rift and HTC Vive virtual reality headsets.
However, it remains to be seen whether current owners of the PS 4 can upgrade their current console or if they need to buy a new one separately to enjoy its enhanced graphics and other features.
As of now, this is still a rumor but if Sony is indeed developing the PS 4.5 then they must be careful not to alienate its customers and developers. For customers, an upgrade would mean buying more expensive titles. In addition, pressuring developers to create titles for both 1080 pixels and 4K resolution has eventually led to performance issues.
This is something that Sony should look into if they are indeed planning to upgrade PS 4.
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