Rumors of the PlayStation 4 NEO (also referred to as the PS4.5 or PS4K, although NEO seems to be the closest thing we have to an official name for this as-yet-unconfirmed console) have heavily divided fans. On one hand, you have people looking forward to an upgraded PS4. On the other hand, you have people who feel a new version of the console at this point in its life cycle is a betrayal.
But what do game developers think about it?
Colin Moriarty, the co-founder of Kinda Funny, claimed a couple weeks ago that a “trusted source” told him the majority of developers were displeased with the idea, due to the additional costs and planning needed to develop every game with the NEO in mind. Who his source is, and which developers that source talked to, is unclear.
However, a few developers themselves have come out to give their thoughts on the PS4 Neo.
Jeremy Dunham of Psyonix, the developer behind the popular indie game Rocket League, told GamingBolt that something like the PS4 NEO would be more or less the same has having another console to develop for. To him, what it comes down to from a developer’s perspective is “whether or not you can support another platform.”
Meanwhile, Chris Harvey of the Guacamelee and Severed developer DrinkBox Studios, told GamesIndustry.biz that he doesn’t think it matters too much to indie developers. He feels that since their games aren’t pushing the consoles’ hardware limits, “it’s not going to fundamentally change how we develop our games.” In fact, he was fairly positive toward the idea of releasing a more powerful version of the console.
Others have compared the rumored NEO Mode to being more like giving a PC game different graphics settings, rather than creating a separate version of the game.
Like players, developers’ reactions to the PS4 NEO rumors cover the spectrum. Some see it as beneficial, some are neutral, and some are displeased. The upgraded PlayStation 4 has yet to be confirmed, and these developer comments are based on the hypothetical situation. What effect do you think the PS4 NEO, if it exists, will have on game development?