Earlier this year, rumors began to fly that Sony would release an upgraded version of the PlayStation 4, a console often called the “PS4.5 or the PS4K” by fans and the press.
As of yesterday, multiple sources confirmed to Giant Bomb; the largest video game database online, about the details of the project, which is internally referred to as the “NEO”.
Giant Bomb reported that, the NEO will feature a higher clock speed, an improved GPU, and higher bandwidth on the memory. The HDD is the same as that of the Original PS4 (but it’s not clear if that means in terms of capacity or connection speed).
Starting in October this year, every PS4 game is required to ship with both a “Base Mode” which will run on PS4 and a “NEO Mode” on the new console.
However, games running in NEO mode will be able to use the hardware upgrades to offer increased and more stable frame rate and higher visual fidelity. NEO will also support 4K image output, but games themselves are not required to be 4K native.