Sony confirms existence of PlayStation '4.5'

June 10, 2016 by Kris Ligman

AKA PlayStation 4K, AKA PlayStation Neo, AKA Won't Be At E3.

Though rumors have circled for months now, today Sony confirmed it will be rolling out a new, more powerful version of its PlayStation 4 console, codenamed 'Neo.'

As reported by the Financial Times (paywalled), Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Andrew House says the new PlayStation is "intended to sit alongside and complement the standard PS4," rather than replace it on store shelves. The company plans to sell both over the course of the PlayStation 4's life cycle.

Confirmation for the PS4.5's hardware specs are so far scarce, although the Financial Times confirms that the new machine will run at 4K resolutions. For most players, that is probably not its greatest selling point, unless you're running a particularly high-end display. GiantBomb has additional specs, but these are at the moment still hearsay:

via GiantBomb via GiantBomb

House also mentions compatibility with Sony's upcoming PlayStation virtual reality headset, so the most sensible interpretation for this new console is that it's optimized for VR.

No price point or release window has been announced. Despite the timing, Sony says the new PS4.5 will not be present at next week's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, although we may still hear more about it during Sony's Monday press conference.

(h/t Kotaku.)