PS4K Could Increase QA Costs, Possibly Fragment Console’s Market – nDreams Code Manager

There are several implications to keep in mind if a new PS4 arrives.

Posted By | On 16th, Apr. 2016

PlayStation VR

Sony is apparently very busy this year. Along with the PlayStation VR releasing in October, the company is rumoured to have a modified PlayStation 4 console in the works. Could this PS4.5 or PS4K, due to its reported ability to output at 4K resolution, may just provide the extra boost needed for Sony’s VR headset?

GamingBolt spoke to nDreams code manager Richard Fabian, currently developing The Assembly for VR headsets, about the same. Speaking from a development (and theoretical) standpoint, could a better PS4 help Sony with the PlayStation VR?

Fabian said, “A move of this scale has many implications, both positive and negative. Market fragmentation is of particular concern to most developers; adding on another required platform for your QA can be costly. A new, higher power PS4 would be interesting, potentially leaving the Rift and Vive with no market, but nothing is set in stone until you have a unit on the shelf with a price tag attached.

“VR needs more games, though possibly not more hardware. Leaving the PS4 to have its highly accessible VR experience seems like a better plan for the future of VR, until we get new technology that changes VR, such as tetherless, or foveated rendering.”

At this point it seems that the PS4.5 could happen but it could be a while before the benefits it brings to VR are felt in the long run. What are your thoughts on the same? Let us know in the comments.


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