After a report on Giant Bomb yesterday dropped new info on Sony’s rumoured plans to launch a more powerful Playstation 4 (referred to internally as ‘Neo’), Eurogamer supported the story earlier today, after waiting to confirm the details of the system with a second source (via. GameSpot).
“Sony is now openly sharing this specification with developers and while Giant Bomb beat us to the punch, we have access to the same documentation.” said Eurogamer in the supporting article, “There is no doubt – this is real. This is the new, more powerful PlayStation 4.”
In addition to receiving the same information as Giant Bomb, however, the site also appears to have added new details on the mysterious Neo. According to Eurogamer, “test kits” will be sent out to developers later on, whilst “second-gen” development kits will allegedly arrive in June.
The test kits will not match the console’s final design, and Sony has told developers not to leak any images of the system. Exactly who the dev kits are being sent to remains currently unknown, although it’s rather likely that those affiliated with Sony will be getting their hands on some of them.
Eurogamer’s report alo says that “more intensive” briefings will be given on the Neo at May’s Devcon, before Sony begin accepting submissions for Neo-supported games in August. The console itself has yet to receive a release date, however.
Giant Bomb claims the Neo will have an upgraded CPU, GPU and RAM. Every PS4 game will apparently be required to carry two modes – one intended to run on the PS4, the other to be run on the PS4.5. The upgraded mode will feature faster and more stable frame rates, whilst supporting higher resolutions. Whilst it was mentioned that 4K output would be available, games would not be required to run at 4K.
There’s been no word yet from Sony that a new PS4 is on the way, but according to Giant Bomb, the system will be priced at $400 (or £278). Whilst these stories have been supported by several sources, it’s important to remember that the stories are subject to change until information about the Neo is officially announced by Sony.