Sony reportedly prepping "PlayStation 4.5" with upgraded GPU for 4K gaming, better VR

By Shawn Knight ยท 47 replies
Mar 18, 2016
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  1. Sony is reportedly working on a more powerful version of its PlayStation 4 console. Dubbed the PlayStation 4.5, the new device will feature an upgraded GPU to enable 4K resolution gaming while simultaneously offering more oomph for its virtual reality platform according to multiple developer sources as first reported by Kotaku.

    The publication said it wasn't sure whether existing PlayStation 4 owners would be able to upgrade their console with the device or if it's an entirely new console. What's more, it's unclear if PlayStation 4.5 will indeed be the official name of the device or if it's just a temporary internal codename.

    Today's PlayStation 4 is capable of outputting 4K resolution pictures and videos but doesn't have the ability to push 4K gaming.

    The idea may sound a bit crazy at first but it's much more plausible than you might think.

    Modern hardware is evolving at a rapid pace and with gaming becoming more mainstream than ever and the continued threat from PC gaming, the traditional 7+ year lifecycle of a console seems incredibly unlikely. Just think, seven years ago, BlackBerry was still relevant, Palm was launching its Pre and Nokia put out the N97. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will be turning three later this year and compared to PC hardware, they're already quite dated. Will they last another four years without help?

    If the PlayStation 4.5 does arrive as some sort of add-on, it wouldn't set a precedent. Remember the Sega CD and the 32X? Sure, those devices ultimately failed but one could argue that they were ahead of their time as gaming wasn't nearly as popular as it is today.

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Not for me. I've got better and more important thing to waste money on than some crummy game console.
    Edito, H3llion, veLa and 2 others like this.
  3. Scshadow

    Scshadow TS Evangelist Posts: 511   +152

    Interesting, been wondering when I'd pull the trigger on current gen console, but yet another good reason to hold out for a bit. I guess I was really waiting for a slim redesign but something like this coming out after I bought a PS4 would've driven me nuts.
  4. LiveResistance

    LiveResistance TS Booster Posts: 85   +64

    Wow. Its hard to believe they are already 3 years old. I have a PS4, but honestly, it's just collecting dust. Would much rather play/purchase games through Steam. I'm looking forward to Uncharted 4, but that's about it.
    richcz3 and wastedkill like this.
  5. Emexrulsier

    Emexrulsier TS Evangelist Posts: 574   +72

    I have a PS4 and many flagship titles (battlefront, fallout4, GH), but still mainly play on my pc. My PC can comfortably play 4K gaming, infactabout an hour ago I was playing Skyrim, 4K with everything max about 45fps ... more than playable. I doubt the PS4.5 could do that even with updated hardware.
    wastedkill and CBTex like this.
  6. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,046   +681

    Lol Thanks for the laugh.
    jauffins and Tibeardius like this.
  7. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,741   +3,758

    4K is a distant distant third to (#1) games that are actually fun, (#2) games that aren't buggy.

    About 325 miles away from that, you have resolution.
  8. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,269   +437

    I can't really see some kinda add on external gpu. They will make more money buy selling you a brand new console.

    And I'm pretty sure this is 4k at 30fps an important detail they leave out and probably on purpose.
  9. Nero7

    Nero7 TS Maniac Posts: 276   +105

    It wonders me why consoles don't take the SLI/Crossfire idea. Release the console with one GPU and then much later sell a second GPU. Ofc it would have to be made with this in mind from the start (size & power and so on).

    Pretty much why I stuck to my PS3 as the PS4 is the same thing just with more graphical power and the two or three interesting exclusive games weren't worth it.
    Reehahs and wastedkill like this.
  10. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,269   +437

    Probably because of heat and power consumption.

    It would also require them to put a much better cooling system in which will raise price of the console.
    sacballa and wastedkill like this.
  11. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 1,580   +720

    I highly doubt it will be an add-on... will be a new console with some sort of "trade in rebate" for existing owners (which won't be worth it).

    I wonder just how they can make it 4k ready without making it insanely expensive... You really need MINIMUM nvidia 970 equivalent for even passable 4k gaming... and that's almost the cost of the console right there...
    robb213, wastedkill and poohbear like this.
  12. amghwk

    amghwk TS Addict Posts: 211   +86

    Sigh...another VR headline again

    I really want to see the excitement over VR next year...including by Techspot.
    Arturo likes this.
  13. poohbear

    poohbear TS Addict Posts: 151   +84

    If this is true...will AMD be making their GPU for them? AMD stock has skyrocketed the past month on hopes for its VR capabilities. If this news proves true & they're gonna make a deal with AMD I only see their stock soaring further!
  14. Hammayon

    Hammayon TS Enthusiast Posts: 67   +14

    If you look at some of the games on PS4 and how they run at 60 fps already, games need to be optimized with engines that run well VS new hardware. The game companies than make their games run well on current generation of hardware as long as they put the effort in optimizing the game. Instead of 60 they can even do 40-50.
  15. IceRock

    IceRock TS Rookie

    GTX970 is almost 2 years old, it's from the current generation. The next generation is just a few months away and AMD promised that it will bring VR/4k capable GPUs to a lower price, this would mean in the 200-250 dollars range and also a lower power consumption. So a 450 dollar console with a custom GPU from the next generation that can handle 4k should be possible.
    Reehahs likes this.
  16. Albertojedi

    Albertojedi TS Rookie

    Like if somebody with its brain right in would care for 4K gaming.
  17. OortCloud

    OortCloud TS Addict Posts: 173   +56

    Interesting. Wonder if titles would start to come out with 2 levels of graphics . One for the old 4 and one for the 4.5, or would the 4.5 just have some exclusive titles? Also is this 4.5 really just a 4 with the box they are shipping to make VR possible inside the console?
  18. gtx680resilient

    gtx680resilient TS Rookie

    My i7 2700k oc'ed at a modest 4.5ghz is still more than enough. I can't wait for Pascal though and 4k gaming is overrated. Ultrawide 3440x1440 21:9 gaming is where its at. I even heard they are coming out with a 100fps monitor with that rez
  19. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 1,580   +720

    If they're building it NOW, that means they've already chosen a GPU... I doubt it's a new gen one...
  20. real7777

    real7777 TS Rookie

    Should name it 4.4 or 4.4k
  21. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,046   +681

    Before you even get into the cost of the upgrade, consumers would have to have a reason to buy a 4K TV to go with a console. What about content? How many people are really going to ditch their current 50" TV, for a one that maybe supports a handful of games and some YouTube videos? 1080p to 2160p is quite the jump.

    Sony is about to release their VR headset, so if this upgrade will improve it, are they also saying it's (resolution) not as good as it could be? This has to be a rumour.

    Sony and MS would be fools to "upgrade" their current systems now.
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2016
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  22. Justint3z

    Justint3z TS Rookie

    How much money do you spend on your most expensive hobby? Gaming is no different than any other hobby out there.
    gingerbill and sacballa like this.
  23. Justint3z

    Justint3z TS Rookie

    Would be a total waste of money. They are better off waiting another 2-3 years and go with the ps5 which will have to go up to 4k gaming if it wants to compete with PC's, same with Xbox.
  24. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,747   +3,712

    Confronting someone suggesting it would be a waste of money. And then suggesting it would be a waste of money yourself. Hmmm!!
  25. Reehahs

    Reehahs TS Guru Posts: 575   +316

    Or just PS4K...
    gingerbill likes this.

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