PlayStation fans will be pleased to know that Sony is releasing a new model, which is expected to be called the PlayStation Neo, PlayStation 4K or PlayStation 4.5.
The new device will reportedly have the ability to run games at 60 frames per second with a 4K resolution, allowing players to enjoy clear and crisp graphics and have a better and more engaging gaming experience.
It’s important to note, though, that Sony has not released an official statement about its newest PlayStation model. Most of the information floating around the web about the new device either stem from analysis made by fans and tech experts or come from other companies that are associated with Sony.
One example is Innelec Multimedia. This French multimedia and video game distributor accidentally revealed in its press release that the PlayStation Neo may arrive during the first half of its fiscal year (which runs from April to September 2016). Innelec Multimedia later denied the info, causing many fans to believe that the initial statement was true.
Another example is AMD. In a slideshow that was shown during its Investors Day, the tech company revealed that it would have “New semi-custom business in 2H 2016”. Some people have speculated that this refers to Nintendo’s NX console, but many believe that it actually refers to the PlayStation Neo.
If the above reports are to be believed, then it’s highly likely that the PlayStation Neo will be released later this year or, at the very least, early in 2017. However, fans aren’t just excited about the release date of this device but also by its price tag. Many people believe that it would be less expensive than current models because it would be cheaper to produce.
Redditor Flight714 reached the conclusion about cheaper production costs by analyzing an article from VR World. The article mentioned that AMD was stopping the production of the 28 nanometer planar transistor (which Sony is currently using) to make way for the new 14 nanometer FinFET transistor with new Zen CPU cores. Sony had to choose between sticking to the old transistor (which would entail spending millions to install customized production lines) or adopting the new one (which would be cheaper). Understandably, they went with the latter option, which allows them to upgrade the PlayStation’s hardware while saving money.
But here’s the thing: just because the PlayStation Neo’s hardware is cheaper to produce doesn’t mean it would be automatically cheaper than older models. As many Redditors point out, it may still end up being more expensive than older PS4 units since it may have more advanced features, such as a 4K Blu-Ray player.
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