PlayStation 4.5 in Development, Features Upgraded GPU – Report

To support 4K, though it may not arrive this year.

Posted By | On 18th, Mar. 2016 Under News


Sony is apparently working on increasing the power to the PlayStation 4 and will release a slightly upgraded version of the console in the future.

Several developers told Kotaku at GDC 2016 that this “PlayStation 4.5” would have more processing power, support for 4K and an upgraded GPU in order to better support the upcoming PlayStation VR. While details were still somewhat “vague”, more than one development source spoke to the publication. One even believed that it was more of an “exploratory” concept and that the console wouldn’t be out in 2016.

A Sony representative told Kotaku that it didn’t comment on rumours so that’s pretty much the official line on an upgraded PS4. It wouldn’t be the first time a manufacturer looked into upgrading its console, though this PlayStation 4.5 would be one of the more drastic upgrades we’ve seen yet.

What are your thoughts on such a console, should it come to pass? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • fllysurfer

    This makes zero sense… this would fragment and enrage current PS4 owners. This would only make sense in relation to PS5 plans.

    If Microsoft is trying to kill the console market by announcing anual upgrade cycles similar to smartphones (another stupid tendency) but say it will create anual upgrade cycles for it´s consoles, why should Sony follow suit and “jump of that bridge” also?

    • sgt_hammertime

      from what it sounds Microsoft is trying to do is make their games and apps adaptable to the device just like it is on PC where games would change quality depending on what sort of hardware its running on.

    • fllysurfer

      Yes it does but the implications would also imply a fragmentation of a user that is typically used to system equality. In other words, it causes alienation. I think its a bad move for Sony and Microsoft if they introduced an upgradable sku scheme.

    • sgt_hammertime

      I think it would be a good move as it would speed up the advancement in gaming. I also believe that most users would upgrade as new and more powerful consoles are released on a timely cycle of, lets say, 3 or 4 years instead of 8. sure there would be some fragmentation but fragmentations are in all things you can’t escape it but you minimize it as much as possible.
      wait, what do you mean upgradable?

    • Knowles2

      I don’t think their going to be any big great leaps in quality of graphics any time soon that casuals will notice, for the simple reason that the cost of production of games themselves are increasing whilst the amount paid for game is stagnant. Something got to give and I believe that will the quality of the graphics and other elements remaining fairly stagnant.

    • HAppY_KrAToS

      It perfectly makes sense.

      So far, in the video game history, manufacturers were able to release a ‘slim’ version, by using a smaller cpu, by reducing heat , etc etc.

      Only this time, the cpu is actually an APU, which means the cpu and gpu and other controllers are on the same die.

      thus, if Sony wants to use a smaller cpu, the whole chip will have to be redesigned.

      So, why not upgrading the cpu, with a 2016 model, that could see the frequency go up to 2.5 or 3 GHz, instead of the current 1.6ghz AND AT THE SALE TIME , upgrade the graphic chip, that, compared to the 2012-2013 version, could get a frequency bump as well, and could receive some extra controllers, like a 4k video encoder/decoder, among other upgrades, that could end up needing 20 to 40% less energy. .. and less energy means less heat.

      Because it would not be possible to decrease the cpu size without ‘touching’ all the other parts, why not use that requirement, to do some little upgrades here and there?

      Also, the future of the cpus is scalability and multi-multi-multi cpus and cores.
      Next amd cpus should start with 16 cores, and quickly reach 32 or more cores.
      Because it’s easier to have 50 cores at lower frequency, than 4 or 6, at extremely high clocks.

      For sure, the PS5 will be a system with a base cpu and gpu, and gamers will be able to buy some ‘PS power’ boxes, that, once connected to the main system, a game should be able to use that extra 50, 80, 100, 150.. or even 200% power (boxes will have different prices and power output), to be able to display better graphics, textures, etc. The more we buy those boxes, the more power the syst em will have, the better graphics will be.

      Also, since 2007, people got used to spending 200-700 bucks, every 6 months, on a new iPhone or iPad or device. And because every 6-9 months, graphics on those devices get better and better, thanks to a much faster cpu/gpu,

      Why should Sony have to wait 10 years, to sell another console to the public?

      I imagine Sony was expecting to sell like 60-70 million consoles, by 2018-2020.
      Well, 3 little years after release, Sony is close to 50 million units sold. And with all the fantastic titles like uncharted 4, by the end of 2016, they will have sold close to 60 millions!

      That’s why it would be stupid, to release a ps4 slim, cheaper, by Nov 2016, to release an ultra slim, by 2018, when they could be selling a new model, this year.

      I don’t want to wait another 5 years to see better graphics. If, by November 2016, I can buy a ps4.5, and have 2-3 times more power, PLUS 4k blu-ray vídeo playback,

      I say YES.

    • Knowles2

      Most people in the UK at least don’t spend 600 quid up front for phone, they are on monthly contracts, 20 to 30 pounds a month.

    • Annie Orozco

      I am getting a salary of 5800 dollars each week. Over a year ago I was in a horrible condition , jobless and no bank credit …sfi Thanks to one of my friends who showed me a way where I was able to gather myself and making average of 55 d/h. So it can change your life as it has changed mine. Why not try this.

    • Alistein

      If it is done well there’ll be no fragmenting. The model Spencer gave was that of a cell phone which I think is just right. MS won’t implement this until next gen as it’s too late now and probably not probable this gen.

    • Knowles2

      The issue is that rarely works perfectly on the PC.

  • red2k

    This is a kickout to their actual fans it’s unreasonable.

  • Truth™ PSVR 960×1080®



  • Knowles2

    I will believe it when I see it. I wouldn’t be surprise if this actually PS5 being plan for a 2018/19 release or even a 2020 release.

    • Cenk Algu

      with PS2 graphics yes it is smooth.

    • Knowles2

      The graphics are better than PS2 from what I seen so far. RIGS: Mechanized Combat League for example. Eve Valkyrie.

    • Cenk Algu

      Lol a friend of mine tried the DC and he said the game looks like a PS2 game.The PS4 is like a Wii on VR!

  • Cenk Algu

    Where is this Mr.XRat?

    • Mr Xrat

      Anyone with a brain can see the holes in this story. 🙂

    • Truth™ PSVR 960×1080®

      That buyers remorse on your $400 brick kicking in again Ruggarell?

    • Cenk Algu

      There is no holes in this reality smart boy.It is Kotaku.They never lied so far.Everything they told came true.They cant keep VR alive with current PS4’s hardware power.That’s why they have to update the console but heyy you are a clueless kid!

    • Mr Xrat

      Hahaha, Kotaku is solid all of a sudden. Better luck next time. 🙂

    • Cenk Algu

      You are very young and have no idea who Kotaku is.Kotaku is the most solid place on Earth.Accept it or not everything came true what they said so far haha!

  • Russland Nachrichten

    it makes not sense for the people who cant afford it

  • fllysurfer

    Easier to believe that 4k support for video BR as a new reader than 4K gaming. Even high end PC strugle on that front.

  • hiawa23

    I don’t see how this fragments anything. PC games are designed to run on PCs with the highest hardware to the lowest, so why can’t this also be done for Xb1 PS4 games? The games only need to be able to run on the previous X1 PS4 hardware, and the new hardware only needs to be able to run previous games, and those who have the more powerful consoles enjoy all the bells and whistles, and those with the previous model enjoy the basic games like we have now.

    I like how some think MS is trying to kill anything, and Sony is following. Maybe this was the goal for Sony and MS all along, to make incremental console changes instead of releasing new hardware every 5-8 years.


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