New PlayStation NEO documents have allegedly leaked on to the web, giving us a look at what Sony’s improved PlayStation 4 model is going to be bringing to the table. Note that there’s no way of verifying the leak; hence, it would be prudent to take the following with a pinch of salt.
PlayStation NEO Specifications
- CPU: Uses same “Jaguar” cores as the original PlayStation 4, at higher frequency
- Original PS4: 8 cores at 1.6 GHz
- NEO: 8 cores at 2.1 GHz (1.3x faster)
- GPU: Uses improved version of AMD GCN CUs, more CUs/at higher frequncy
- Original PS4: 18 CUs at 800 MHz
- NEO: 36 CUs at 911 MHz (2.3x FLOPs)
- Memory: Uses same 8 GB GDDR5 as the original PlayStation 4, at higher bandwidth
- Original PS4: 176 GB/s
- NEO: 218 GB/s (1.24x)
- HDD: Same as original PlayStation 4
Interestingly, the rumor about PlayStation NEO utilizing the same components of the original PlayStation 4 but at higher clocks made rounds earlier this year as well. Perhaps there’s more truth to that than we originally thought.
The documents also reveal that Sony is forcing game developers to add support for the new console in all games that are scheduled to release for PlayStation 4 from October 2016 onwards.
Both the original PlayStation 4 and upgraded iteration model are going to coexist in harmony. According to the documents, there will be no kind of exclusivity set in place. Consumers don’t have to fear about games releasing exclusively for NEO or PlayStation features being set aside for the newer model.
As for the performance metric, PlayStation NEO promises higher and more stable frame-rate compared to PlayStation 4. Graphics are going to see to a tremendous improvement and new features are going to be introduced to help with that visual fidelity. Additionally, there will be 4K display support for UHDTV owners.
The documents also contain guidelines from Sony to developers. The core focus is on frame-rate and resolution, so as to differentiate every game from the original PlayStation 4. Sony is apparently not in favor of utilizing low resolutions to meet frame-rate targets.
“Our experience is that using lower resolutions for 4K TV support (such as 1440p) does not create much differentiation from 1080p on an HDTV,” reads the document.
Sony wants developers to keep experimenting with rendering techniques to achieve a significant performance gain without sacrificing too much from the original.
PlayStation NEO is slated for a release later this year, or so do the rumors state.