At least some of the rumours are true, Sony is indeed developing a Playstation 4.5 as originally reported back in March.
Playstation chief Andrew House confirmed the news to the Financial Times, saying the console will support 4K resolutions but stopped short of revealing whether or not it will sport the kind of hardware changes leaked by GiantBomb earlier this year.
“[The PS4.5] is intended to sit alongside and complement the standard PS4,” House said. “We will be selling both [versions] through the [PS4’s] life cycle.”
House also confirmed previous reports that future game releases will support both the current PS4 and the PS4.5, as will Playstation VR.
But if you were hoping for more news at Playstation’s E3 conference on Tuesday morning (AEST), then prepare to be disappointed. House told the Financial Times the PS4.5 won’t feature at E3.
“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.
As for when we would see the new system release or what kind of price to expect, House only said the new console would cost more than the current PS4 (doi), currently sold at $US349.99 ($AU479) for the 500GB model.
So there you have it, at least some kind of mid-generation console upgrade is coming in the future. Playstation are officially on board, with Microsoft also rumoured to be developing a new Xbox One, codenamed Scorpio.
Smaller, more frequent hardware upgrades is new territory for the games console industry, and something PC players have lived with for a long time. I have previously voiced my reservations about this new direction, but only time will tell whether or not those concerns are warranted.