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[Rumor] PlayStation 4.5 set to release with 2x better GPU

First released back in 2013, the PlayStation 4 is rumored to be set for a major hardware upgrade sometime this year.  The source of the rumor is a NeoGAF user named OsirisBlack posting what he claims is information about an upcoming 4k-capable PlayStation 4.

Here’s the details of the inf from the rumor:

Price and Trade-Ins

The price is currently $399. There were discussions about including a better CPU, which would raise the price to $499, a price that is guaranteed to be the maximum amount one might have to pay for the upgraded console.

There are currently no plans for a trade-in program for PlayStation 4 owners, but that could change.

GPU and Blu-ray Player

The GPU is twice as powerful as the current PlayStation 4 and much faster. It runs at higher clock speed and is much smaller than the original.

It will have a 4K Blu-ray player and upscale games that are not 4K-native. (This is not to say that newer games will run 4K-native.)

Media Player Application

There is talk of a “VR Lounge” for the Media Player application, which will be getting a substantial upgrade.

Dev Kits and Existing Games

Developers already have development kits for the new PlayStation 4 and are making games that will directly target and take advantage of its higher specs. These games will work on the current PlayStation 4, but with considerable sacrifices made to performance.

Current games will not receive any performance upgrades by being played on the newer system. Any upgrades that come would do so via game-specific patches released by developers. When asked if this was going to happen, the response was, “It’s a possibility but doubtful with the exception of a handful of games.”

Launch Games

The following games will directly take advantage of the new PlayStation 4 at launch:

  • EVE: Valkyrie (PlayStation VR)
  • Robinson: The Journey (PlayStation VR)
  • Gran Turismo Sport (PS4, PlayStation VR)
  • Deep Down (PS4)
  • GOW4 (presumably God of War 4) (PS4)

Looking at the console’s history, a hardware revision was made last year with the PlayStation 4 model CUH-1200, which is a quieter, less power consuming model with a 1 TB drive.

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