WSJ: PlayStation 4K will be announced prior to PS VR release

It looks like our current PS4 is already obsolete. Thanks, Sony.

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The rumors surrounding a new 4K version of the PlayStation 4 appear to be picking up steam as the Wall Street Journal is now reporting a more powerful version of the console may be coming.

In the report, Sony is said to be working on a PlayStation 4 model that will be able to handle “higher-end gaming experiences”, which includes virtual reality content. Those with a current PS4 will need to purchase this new model in order to benefit from its powerful innards, meaning there won’t be a way to upgrade your current console.

The new PS4 is expected to be announced prior to the October release of PlayStation VR, which would be good timing if Sony also launches the console close to its reveal. If not, the announcement could impact on its holiday sales since new customers would want to purchase this new console over the less powerful one.

[Via WSJ]

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    March 28, 2016 7:00 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, WSJ: PlayStation 4K will be announced prior to PS VR release

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      March 28, 2016 7:06 AM

      No way to upgrade is a bad news.

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        March 28, 2016 7:08 AM

        How would that even work? Did people really think they would be able to upgrade their old consoles?

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        March 28, 2016 7:08 AM

        Well the article says no way to upgrade your existing console. But if they have some kind of trade in deal, while inconvenient, it wouldn't be that bad.

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          March 28, 2016 7:44 AM

          Certainly stores like Best Buy, etc, will have a trade-in, even if Sony doesn't.

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            March 28, 2016 7:49 AM

            yeah, it just sucks that i'm being asked to shell out probably another 200+ after trade in for a console that i've owned for a year at this point. i'm not sure if i'll do it tbh

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              March 28, 2016 10:24 AM

              Is there something wrong with your current PS4?

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        March 28, 2016 8:05 AM

        Beg to differ, I always wanted to see another 32X.

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      March 28, 2016 7:50 AM

      Will it also come with a small hard drive like before?

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      March 28, 2016 7:51 AM

      the ps vr is already 500 bucks for the bundle plus another 200 (after trade in of an existing ps4) for the console?

      kind of rough!

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        March 28, 2016 8:03 AM

        I would be stoked if the PS4k is only $200 after trade in.

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          March 28, 2016 8:08 AM

          haha, it's a bit hard to guess the price of this thing! will sony treat this as a complete new generation and price it accordingly? Or will they offer some sort of program to existing owners to entice them to upgrade?

          When this is released, the ps4 will be 3 years old. this is sort of new territory!

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            March 28, 2016 8:10 AM

            I would imagine they will phase out the current gen console and keep the price the same (at least I hope that's what happens). So assuming it's $400 for the 4k, they would need to give people a $200 trade in credit for the older consoles, and that seems a bit too generous. I bet it will be closer to $100 for your trade in, which isn't awful but I don't know if it's enough to make it a no brainer to upgrade.

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              March 28, 2016 8:18 AM

              It will be higher than $100. Best Buy has still been giving $100 for an Xbox 360 within the past month or two.

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        March 28, 2016 10:06 AM

        Yeah this whole thing is new and interesting!

        I get that the market needs to change and adapt, but I'm worried about Sony fragmenting their user base.

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      March 28, 2016 8:06 AM

      PS4K: Now you have 3 usb ports.

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      March 28, 2016 8:13 AM

      Not looking forward to PS4K only games. It happened with 3DS.

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        March 28, 2016 8:46 AM

        it's not a big deal on the 3ds, there are only like 2 new 3ds exclusive games

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          March 28, 2016 9:26 AM

          What's the other one? I thought it was just Xenoblade (and the SNES VC stuff now).

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            March 28, 2016 9:27 AM

            you may be right that it's only one, for some reason i'm thinking there are two but i can't remember off the top of my head

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            March 28, 2016 10:51 AM

            Binding of isaac

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            March 29, 2016 11:42 PM

            That new Zelda game is apparently complete crap and frame rates get as low as ... 2... on the old 3ds (hyrule warriors legends) not even any 3d support. But its not an "exclusive" to NEW 3ds..

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        March 28, 2016 8:48 AM

        Is there more than one example? I would hope it would be rare to see unless you are crossing 2 generations. Maybe the highend PSVR games would require the new console but if they do this, I could see them forcing developers to support current and one gen back on all titles (albeit at lower performance)

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          March 28, 2016 9:05 AM

          I've seen requirements for add-on hardware such as N64's ram pack, 32x, CD players, and Broadband modems.

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            March 28, 2016 9:36 AM

            Sure but those are all slightly different than just updating CPU/GPU and drive type which is all I'm expecting this will be.

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      March 28, 2016 8:19 AM

      I wish there was a way to upgrade but hopefully they will have a trade in program or something... not holding my breath though.

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      March 28, 2016 8:31 AM

      3 year product cycles for consoles will be interesting. 2-3 years for cell phones seems to be the average for most people when upgrading so I don't see why consoles cant manage 3yr cycles especially if the hardware is so similar to PC making backwards compatibility easier. However I will hold my breath until we actually see how much more powerful the next ps4 is versus the older model.

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        March 28, 2016 12:33 PM

        that whole backwards compatibility thing is the only way this could be successful. games need to play on both old and new systems

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      March 28, 2016 8:56 AM

      Hah! I called it!

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      March 28, 2016 8:59 AM

      if this is true and they're targeting ~$400, hopefully it's polaris based

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      March 28, 2016 9:08 AM

      Pee Ess Fork! Pee Ess Fork!

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      March 28, 2016 10:16 AM

      Fuck consoles. I just fucking bought a PS4.

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        March 28, 2016 7:10 PM

        its all good. return dat shit. play some nintendo for a while.

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      March 28, 2016 10:30 AM

      Just when I was thinking of getting a ps4. I'm sure leaks like that cannibalize sales, so hopefully this will come out sooner rather than later.

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      March 28, 2016 10:33 AM

      I get the feeling that most people are bothered by the idea that they don't have the best latest and greatest thing. There is noting to indicate that the PS4's lifespan will be cut short.

      I'm thinking the performance gain will be to support future 4k playback of videos more than increasing performance from barely managing 1080p, to a 4k gaming box. This may also have a lot to do with Morpheus. Which was a cool name that I wish they kept.

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        March 28, 2016 10:42 AM

        Yeah, I bet this will shake out to being 1080p/60 on the "new ps4" and 720/900p at 30 for the "current PS4" on software titles that will play on both.

        Gross generalization, but that kind of thing.

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      March 28, 2016 11:43 AM

      Assuming it's at the $400 mark (less with ps4 trade in?), that's about what the 4K HDR blu Ray players cost. I'd rather get a newer ps4 then spend $400 on a single function player.

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      March 28, 2016 12:11 PM

      PS4K: Now with folder support.

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      March 28, 2016 4:26 PM

      This is so rad. If the new unit has 100% native support for all the old PS4 games(and I bet it will) and they are not emulating and both units share the same OS and API(of course the new one would have extras) this will be a massive success.

      To me its simple make the unit the same OS with upgrades and of course and allow all the PS4 games to work natively then everyone will pretty much buy the new unit.

      Take it one step further as a dev your game could then have two modes sort of like a PC 60FP MEGA version for the PS5 and a 30 FPS medium version that works on the PS4.

      Man if they do this right it will be amazing, this is 100% the way all consoles should work(aka their cycles). Man I hope MS does this as well and puts out a Xbox Two.

      Man I can not wait for E3, if its what I think it is I will get it day one with out question.

      Also I am going to bet 100% the new unit will play PS4 games 100% natively,and probably 16AF and AA++. Be cool if old games could be patched to run at 60FPS, +rez and other tweaks.

      Its a win win if you do it this way/right and would be EPIC!

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      March 28, 2016 7:08 PM

      PS4K: Great new hardware, same crappy controller

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      March 28, 2016 7:11 PM

      PS4K: Now you can run The Evil Within.

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      March 29, 2016 5:54 AM

      I'm still waiting to see if I won a PS4 from Mountain Dew. I sent in to get a winners list, but haven't even gotten that yet.

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      March 29, 2016 7:03 AM

      No trade in = bullshit.
      My PS4 is just fine and I've bought about 3 others recently.
      And they have been modified with bigger hardrives.
      Sony is out of their minds with this.
      This better be optional. Cause segregating your marker is an epic fail.

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      March 30, 2016 5:36 PM

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