Nothing gets the internet in more of a scramble for gossip than the leaked possibility of a new games console, and this time it is Sony’s proposed PS4K (still not an official title). The main difference being offered by a new console is graphics capabilities, with the name hinting at its ability to play games in 4k resolution. TVs, and PCs, have already made this leap leading the path for consoles to follow.
The gossip was started on a gaming forum, called Neogaf, by a user claiming they were partial to a meeting which supposedly had taken place within Sony. The details are sketchy, but it seems it would be able to play games at twice the power of the current PS4 console and will have the ability to play blu-ray DVD’s in 4k resolution.
The other purpose of this upgrade is to support virtual reality (VR) on the console, with it being presumed that this upgraded console would be necessary in order to play VR games, whilst it may be not necessary to for normal gameplay. This suggests that Sony will still be releasing games and updates for the original PS4, with the only new additions being VR games. There has also been speculation that Gods of War 4 is one of first games being released for this console.
Phil Spencer, Microsoft’s Head of Xbox, has proposed the console would be getting an upgrade soon; with the end of new consoles replacing the old, and instead would have updates just like phones or computers that would allow it to play better games. This is only his idea in a speech, but it could be crucial to the Microsoft’s future trajectory, and determines if they want to follow Sony or not.
I personally believe that a new console so soon would put people off, mainly due to the cost. The price tag shouted is not within the normal range of an ordinary shopper and so would prove more costly than current gen consoles now. Companies will have to find another way to innovate; keeping with what consumers and gamers particularly are after. Phil Spencer’s idea is a creative one which, I imagine, would be supported by a lot of people in the gaming world.
The next step is into the unknown for consoles, as Sony is set to release its VR addition at the end of the year, hoping to rival Oculus Rift(which is currently being sold to a select few) and Microsoft’s HoloLens is becoming available for developers. There is certainly tough competition in this market, the biggest question for the companies is: is there any appetite for VR let alone a new console as well?