It was previously reported that Sony is working on an improved version of the PlayStation 4. Now we have come to an idea of what to expect of this revised console, codenamed “Neo”.
Development kits have already been sent out, with test kits to be sent shortly.
This has been rumoured since March and is now expected to have a higher clock speed, improved GPU, and higher memory bandwidth. This will also be used to output games in 4K, something the current PS4 wasn’t able to do.
Original PS4 CPU – 8 Jaguar Cores at 1.6 GHz
NEO CPU – 8 Jaguar Cores at 2.1 GHz
Original PS4 GPU – AMD GCN, 18 CUs at 800 MHz
NEO GPU – Improved AMD GCN, 36 CUs at 911 MHz
Original PS4 Memory – 8 GB GDDR5, 176 GB/s
NEO Memory – 8 GB GDDR5, 218 GB/s
It’s been reported that since October, games released for the PS4 must include a “Base Mode” for the current model, and a “Neo Mode” for the new model. Games released before October can be patched to take advantage of the Neo capabilities. Sony tends to not fragment its audience, which means both consoles will share the same store and interface. There will also be no NEO-only games, and no content exclusive to the Neo model. That’s a good thing if you ask.