PS4 Neo Confirmed by Sony, Will Not Appear at E3
Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Andrew House has confirmed that the new 4K capable PlayStation, codenamed the PS4 Neo, is in development but added that it won’t be making an appearance at this year’s E3. In the interview, which appeared in The Financial Times, House said that the PS4 upgrade will be targeted at those who already own 4K television sets as well as hardcore gamers.
In the interview, House stressed that the Neo is not meant to replace the existing PS4, instead, he explained that “It is intended to sit alongside and complement the standard PS4,” and that Sony “will be selling both [versions] through the life cycle.”
The interview also came with the news that the Neo will no be present at E3 2016, with House refusing to say when it can be expected.
“We want to ensure we have a full range of the best experiences on the new system that we can showcase in their entirety,” he said when asked why the Neo wouldn’t be making an appearance.
House also emphasized the fact that games will be available across both the PS4 and Neo, he said that developers would only face a “small but manageable” amount of extra work when developing a game for both variants.
“All games will support the standard PS4 and we anticipate all or a very large majority of games will also support the high-end PS4″
PlayStaiton VR was also confirmed as being supported on the Neo which, given worries about the quality of VR experiences on base PS4s, should prove to be the optimal way to enjoy VR on PlayStation.
“The consumer is attuned to a different cadence of innovation in technology thanks in great part for the upgrades cadence on mobile phones or PCs,” House added, saying he saw the opportunity to improve hardware mid-generation as having “some additional benefits” to both consumers and developers.
Although there was no comment as to when the Neo will be released, or at what price, The Financial Times reported that, as expected, it will be more expensive than the current $350 price point of the PS4.