Boasting an increased GPU and native 4K support, sources close to Kotaku claim that Sony is pushing full steam ahead with an enhanced version of the PS4, simply titled the PlayStation 4.5.
At the time of writing, there’s no word on whether PS4 owners will have the option to upgrade their current-gen hardware, or if there are plans in place to launch the hardware revision as a completely new product.
However Sony’s plans fall on the back-end, the report does indicate that the alleged upgrade is a marked step up from the current PS4, which is only capable of displaying photos and videos in 4K resolution – providing you have the required set-up, of course.
Viewed as a mid-generation stop-gap between now and the inevitable PlayStation 5, the yet-to-be-confirmed hardware will allow developers to push visual effects – perhaps opening up a graphical split between PS4 and PS4.5 much like the minimum and recommended specs on PC – thanks to that aforementioned GPU.
How and ever, Sony remained mum about the incremental upgrade when pressed for comment, noting that it doesn’t respond to rumors or speculation. Kotaku, meanwhile, did caution that “some of the details have been vague; one source told us that the device felt “exploratory” and that it may not even be released this year.”
Not long after Microsoft’s Phil Spencer floated the idea of an upgradeable Xbox One – albeit before back-pedalling somewhat – Sony is seemingly on the verge of pulling the curtain down on the PlayStation 4.5. Take this one with a pinch of salt for now, though, and we’ll update you if and when more information comes to light.