PlayStation 4K Rumours Gain Further Credence As Details On Enhanced CPU And GPU Arrive

Written by Stuart Thomas on Thu, Mar 31, 2016 5:30 PM
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More rumours are flying around about the so-called PS4K, with even the Wall Street Journal getting in on the act and verifying its legitimacy. The latest reports come from Gaffer OsirisBlack, who has had his sources con firmed by GAF higher ups. While by no means a confirmation, it adds yet further credence to the reports Sony is planning a more powerful console to bridge the gap between generations.

According to the latest reports the PlayStation 4K will have a new GPU roughly double the performance of the current PS4 graphics processor. It’s smaller and more efficient, but it will make for a more expensive console. The current price is rumoured to be $399.99, but it’s thought this could rise as high as $499.99 depending on whether Sony goes with an upgraded CPU.

For that GPU it’s looking as if it’s going to have a faster clock speed but the specifics haven't been leaked. In my head I just hope it's two PS4's taped together. It will be used to for upgraded graphics, a 4K Blu-ray player and upscaling games to 4K resolution. To repeat, that is not native 4K resolution, but 1080p upscaled to 4K for slightly sharper image quality.

Should you have a PS4K then it will be capable of playing some PlayStation 4 games with “significant differences” in the graphics compared to normal PS4. Capcom’s long lost Deep Down is touted as a launch title, alongside God of War 4 and a trio of PSVR titles in EVE: Valkyrie, Robinson and Gran Turismo Sport.

Lastly there's the release date, which this latest leaker suggests is in Q1 2017.

The thinking behind the whole process is that with the decreasing price of the base PS4 - in order to compete with the Xbox One - Sony still wants to have a full-priced console sat on store shelves.

For now it seems almost too ridiculous to contemplate this being a strategy from Sony, but with Microsoft also mooting a similar idea, perhaps the very idea of fixed console hardware could become a thing of the past? One thing that is for sure is it’s not going to foster much good will in the 40 million or so people who’ve already splashed out on a PS4 with the promise of a box that just works for the entire generation. If some games are designed specifically for PS4K their performance is surely going to struggle on the PS4, but has a tough time as it is with more demanding titles.

Whatever the case we've got one heck of an E3 coming from a console perspective. Both Microsoft and Sony could well have hardware revisions, while it's highly likely Nintendo will take the wraps off its brand new NX console. 

How do you feel about an enhanced PS4, would you make the upgrade? Do you think Sony could potentially splinter its user base? Let us know what you think!

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04:25 Apr-02-2016

People have to remember Sony is the gate keeper here. I think the most likely result here is that Sony will have a PS4 that runs games at 1440p instead of 1080p and then up scales to 2160p from there. Any games submitted for the New PS4 could easily be dismissed if they don't run on the original PS4, no market split.

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10:36 Apr-03-2016

Uh no, people will literally rage if a half-step console (i.e. PS4.5) has games that are not on the original (PS4). There is no reason why original PS4 would not be able to handle the games a PS4.5 could. It's not like PS4 has too little memory to do it, as was the case with PS3/Xbox 360 with their 512MiB usable RAM.

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12:00 Apr-03-2016

I think that's what Bushrat meant. If a new game isnt developed to run for the original ps4, it wont be released.

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19:21 Apr-01-2016

do I see why there doing this? yes there trying to keep there underpowered consoles semi relevant


do I think its a good idea? no definitely not


people use to like consoles for plug and play literally as in the ps3 and xbox 360 and older systems put in your game and play most didn't even need to install that was nice and that attracted a large gathering of players who don't want to invest time money or effort into a pc which I understand but as it stands now pc market is growing massively and its getting easier and easier to become a pc gamer and consoles are less plug and play there slowly turning into pc's with terrible optimization sometimes fps issues huge day one updates and especially now a new superior version coming out for both platforms which would piss off many people who owned a xbox one and ps4 earlier (like myself) loses trust in the consumer and a lot of it considering there wasn't that much great titles and still aren't on ether platform I feel my personal opinion I think consoles are slowly going to start dieing and die out eventually I would hate to see what the next actual generation is from Microsoft and sony especially with technology advancing so rapidly pc can at least semi adapt to it with upgrades I don't think many console users want to go and buy a ps4 then buy a ps4k then buy a better ps4k 9000 (slight over exaggeration I know lol) to go buy a ps5 afterwords same goes to Microsoft too and that is why I think the console market is going to shrink and slowly die not completely but it will never be as strong library wise as xbox 360 and ps3 were or popular

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21:01 Apr-01-2016

Yes I agree. I think the biggest failure of modern consoles are their reliance on internet services. What made consoles more attractive in the distant past was that when you bought a game it was a finished game. There were no patches, DLC, or add on content unless it came in the form of a physical expansion pack later on. The internet has enabled developers to become lazy. They know that they do not have to finish a game before it is released anymore because of online.

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17:50 Apr-01-2016

Looks like Sony will snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. This will put me off buying any new console at all.

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18:41 Apr-01-2016

Eh, so, you activate your Bull Sh*t? Please, most people will buy it to play exclusive games on PS4 at high Graphics with the VR anyway.

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16:09 Apr-01-2016

Bf4 very cheap premium. On origin

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11:52 Apr-01-2016

I thought Downscaling makes a sharper picture. Doesn't upscaling 1080 to 4K just make it a blocky stretched out image? 4K takes an ENORMOUS amount of power, I wonder how they will do it in 500 dollars.

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15:43 Apr-02-2016

Maybe not for 500 dollars

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11:08 Apr-01-2016

y'know, when this comes out and if i still have a bit of money after i upgrade my pc i may buy the reduced cost original ps4

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09:22 Apr-01-2016

So glad i did not spend a dime on a console....

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19:15 Apr-01-2016

I regret purchasing a xbox one so far this generation with Microsoft and sony not sure whether to improve it or keep it as is the issue I see with it is these devolopers will have to make the game work with the origionals and these new ones so its ether the game will be limited too the original one visual wise unless its 4k and the newer ones are using it or they'll have to wright different code for each version to make one achieve this and the superior one achieve that and at that rate with different hardware they may as well go to pc and make games there lol

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08:18 Apr-01-2016

console upgrade traditionally fail. even the ones that "most" people like and think work great, fail horribly. the closest thing to a non failed upgrade was the rdram pack for the n64. it changed or added to certain games that could be played without it. the only game needing it was donkey kong (cuz of a bug in the game) but it was packaged with it.
console specific vr is going to be a very small niche and thats why sony is looking to expanding the capabilities to pc.

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08:23 Apr-01-2016

a upgraded console to give faux 4k graphics is going to be console killer. thats like a supergameboy or a neptune. oversaturation of the market and a divided userbase. when the ps3/xbox 360 had different "models" it was all the same hardware, except the hard drive size. having an upgraded cpu/gpu is going to be like the jump from the saturn to the dreamcast. technically superior but a burn to developers and console owners. if ms doesnt follow suite, they could grow in userbase from the people that jump ship. but on the other hand you could end up with people from xbone jumping ship to the new system. only time will tell but i have a feeling it isnt going to end well.
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05:49 Apr-01-2016

I just don't see this being a good idea for Sony. Honestly they should have just kept it to one console.

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03:49 Apr-06-2016

Or they could realize it's time to shorten the lifetime of consoles due to rapid improvements in gaming industry. Instead of 7 years, 5 years.

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02:50 Apr-01-2016

They better offer a good trade in policy for the old models or there will be a lot of pissed off Sony PS4 owners out there.

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05:09 Apr-01-2016

I already found one in the store I work at today. LOL

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09:11 Apr-02-2016

Yea, wouldn't be surprised if they did a "pay the difference" trade in thing.

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02:16 Apr-01-2016

The console market simply won't handle the stress of higher ticket consoles- let alone ones built for even more expensive VR headsets. The price of upgrades that would make either a PS4 or Xbox One capable of 4K are simply too high.

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00:11 Apr-01-2016

a PS4 can only be called a PS4K if it would run native 4k and not upscaled. Otherwise that's false advertisement (at least to me it is). Other then that I believe 'PS4k' is a horrible solution for people who already own a ps4.

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00:27 Apr-01-2016

Not necessarily. If it can handle 4K video then technically it's "4k"

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00:36 Apr-01-2016

I would disagree since the ps is still primarily a gaming device. Maybe I wouldnt call it false advertising per se, but could definitely be misleading depending on how they do it.

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01:50 Apr-01-2016

Well the PS4 can already handle 4k video so...

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04:56 Apr-01-2016

Yep. That is why the current models say 4K ready. They are already capable of 4K video playback through services like Netflix, YouTube, ect... However my question is who in the h*ll has good enough bandwidth for 4K video streaming?

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06:04 Apr-01-2016

Romania. Non government regulated market = best market in the world for internet.

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11:12 Apr-01-2016

@LeadStarDude


the very small amount of people with google fibre

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13:59 Apr-01-2016

Well you don't need a super fast connection, I have 35 mbps and that's good enough for 4k streaming, though I don't use my PS4 for that, I just use my TV

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17:26 Apr-01-2016

Well the fastest internet in my area is 6Mb/sec which is barely good enough for 1080p. That is about the average speed in the state that I live in, & we are in the dead center of the US. Our infrastructure is terrible. :(

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04:44 Apr-01-2016

If a TV can show static pictures in 4K but not video signal is legal to label it as 4K TV?... NO it s false advertising.

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11:21 Apr-01-2016

sorry, i know what you mean but if a tv could show 4k static pictures that means the tv's res is 3840x2160 which does mean it's 4k

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00:00 Apr-01-2016

The whole 4k thing is just marketing (since it cant play games at native 4k). So is the naming (if they dont call it the ps5), coz it is a new console however way you cut it.
I dont think this is as much of a game breaker as most people think. Those who dont care about graphics will keep the ps4.

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00:03 Apr-01-2016

Those who do care wld barely flinch at paying $400-$500 for a new console. They're still releasing games for xbox360/ps3 for petes sake! Some people just want to play games!

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22:57 Mar-31-2016

Even 1080p is a challenge for current gen! Even if they double the power, how is that enough for 4k? Even if just upscaled. How they would handle games? Some just working on ps4k? That would start a riot!

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23:19 Mar-31-2016

well was at my friends place and he is playing some division on ps4 anddd omg..... that game runs really poor 2much fps drops

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00:27 Apr-01-2016

99% of PS4 games are 1080p, though a few do have framerate issues

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22:55 Mar-31-2016

I'm hoping that instead of buying a whole new console (which I won't do) they will have a way to upgrade your PS4 for the difference of the two (which I will do) $500 consoles WILL split the consumer base.

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22:23 Mar-31-2016

Pretty severely unrelated, but what did you guys think of the PS Vita? Do you think "high end" handholds can work?

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22:51 Mar-31-2016

I liked the vita, until it randomly stopped working but yeah if there was a high end hand held gaming device that would be awesome.

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22:53 Mar-31-2016

I love my ps vita, I play Freedom Wars almost everyday, Just waiting for Persona 5 to be mentioned for the PS VITA, since all persona games have been on the psp and vita I am guessing it will be soon. sucks gravity rush 2 won't come to ps vita

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03:25 Apr-01-2016

I wouldn't hope for too many more games coming to the Vita since it's basically labeled a failure by Sony (it sold less than the wii u)

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04:43 Apr-01-2016

it actually sold more than the wii u
http://www.vgchartz.com/analysis/platform_totals/
Playstation Vital Global Sales - 13.57 // Still on going with High Sales in Japan and Europe increasing
Wii U Global Sales - 12.83 // Wii U stopped production this year


And since Sony is not stopping production of the PS Vita it is left to 3rd party games, Japan games and indie which are a lot more than what First Party games have been giving lately. What will be happening is Vita will be very known as a Portable Console for Japanese games and Indie games. Sony as in First Party games moved on toward PlayStation 4 for games

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04:58 Apr-01-2016

for me it is the most perfect device for my taste, I love playing JRPG games and mystery games, Ps vita fullfills that, Ps vita also just added XCOM, games like Dangaronpa still being made for PS VITA, Tokiden, Assassin's creed being planned again for Ps Vita, Disgaea 4 and hint from devs that the 5th game might go on Playstation 4, Vita and PC. Borderlands 2 on ps vita, Final Fantasy, Freedom Wars (The developer hinted if people want a sequel it will come ), Mighty 9, One Piece, Naruto, Dragon Ball games are now being made for Ps Vita, Digimon (pretty much like pokemon on playstation ), lego games come every year too

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03:23 Apr-01-2016

I love my Vita! I still play it all the time, however it's kinda dying on me due to lack of support from Sony. If there were more good games for the vita it would have done a lot better, and Sony would probably still be backing it quite well, but the current situation is kinda sad for such a fantastic piece of hardware

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21:34 Mar-31-2016

Consoles need to die off! The only 4k capability this will ever have is showing videos in 4k, game will probably be 1080p and a constant 60 fps, but that's it.

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00:29 Apr-01-2016

Current generation of consoles are doing just fine. PS4 and Xbox selling faster than their predecessor. PS4 is selling faster than all consoles ever released in history

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03:31 Apr-01-2016

I think the limit for AAA titles is basically 1080p/30fps, doubling the frame rate requires double the GPU power. So yeah, I wouldn't expect 4k gaming unless the game looks like crap. I would however see this a good VR platform because the PS headset is 1080, therefore allowing games to run at a higher frame rate

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09:36 Apr-01-2016

First these companies were afraid that consoles would die off this gen, so they began focusing more on mobile, but now they are all over the place!

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20:52 Mar-31-2016

I would believe the enhanced CPU and GPU, but not the 4k gaming part. It would cost too much

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21:21 Mar-31-2016

I agree , even if it is the twice the performance of the old gpu (HD 7850) it is like GTX 960 or R9 380 , PS4K will be a big lose for me. and a stupid action from sony , why they can't wait for ps5 -_-

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00:29 Apr-01-2016

PS4 uses a custom HD 7870 with performance a little above HD 7850 on paper

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23:06 Mar-31-2016

4K on a console is totally unnecessary. 4K TVs and Monitors are way too expensive to for what you would get out of them for just your PS4. And Sony needs to make sure that they are not going to split the user base.

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03:34 Apr-01-2016

what if this was their VR console and not meant for 4k? double the GPU power would mean higher frame rates in VR games and they could market it like, "The PS VR experience, without the processing box" or something like that idk

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20:45 Mar-31-2016

it's simple to compensate for the "struggle" let the ps4 games run at 30fps and he ps4k games at 60. Et voila. Or you could get a pc, just saying.

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20:28 Mar-31-2016

I sold my PS4 2 years ago for a GTX 750Ti and a Long Board. Best Decision of my life regarding entertainment.

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