The gaming industry was set ablaze when murmurs of an alleged upgraded PS4 erupted. First dubbed as being the ‘PS4K’ and then later changed to the ‘PS4 Neo’, this system has been a hot topic of discussion for quite some time now. The idea behind it is that it will offer a superior experience to that of the already highly-praised PS4.
Many gamers have expressed disdain for the idea, and rightfully so. A mid-generation upgrade isn’t exactly a common practice, in fact, it hasn’t really been done before in the home console realm. Assuming that the rumors surrounding this alleged new system are true, here’s something to think about: after the release of the drop-dead gorgeous Uncharted 4, is an upgrade to the PS4 actually necessary?
Naughty Dog’s latest title has been analyzed and inspected from top to bottom by many different professionals, and all the results draw the same conclusion—it’s a technological masterpiece. Uncharted 4 has been deemed by many to be one of, if not, the the most gorgeous game ever created. All one simply has to do is take but a short glance at the title to see that this is indeed the case. Naughty Dog has definitely done an amazing job.
Even before the PS4 was released, developers lavished the console’s design. After the nightmare that was the PS3’s Cell processor, the PS4 proved to be not only a groundbreaking improvement, but a more-than-capable machine for modern-day games. While the Xbox One is able to compete with the PS4 on a technical level, Sony’s system still has the advantage. If there is any console that might be in need of a mid-generation upgrade, it’s not the PS4.
Uncharted 4 runs at a full 1080p resolution with a stable 30FPS framerate, with effects that make it look like nothing short of an interactive movie. Even the character animations look incredibly natural, with extreme amounts of detail that push the realism factor to the max. Naughty Dog has really pushed the envelope with this title, which only leads one to wonder what future releases could achieve if they are given the same amount of attention and polish. Considering the fact that the system isn’t even a full three years old yet, there is still a chance that its limits haven’t been fully realized. Along with Uncharted 4, there are other gorgeous titles like the already released Driveclub , The Order: 1886, and Ratchet & Clank, along with upcoming titles like Horizon: Zero Dawn and The Last Guardian. These are all games that we have seen in action, and have been dazzled by their level of visual fidelity, all while the system is still young.
This leaves the main benefit of having an upgraded PS4 being PlayStation VR. Seeing that the non-VR titles already look very good, the biggest improvement that may come to them is a higher framerate, but visual fidelity is certainly not an issue—as proven by Uncharted 4. If things continue down the current path, then the PS4 should have a very comfortable regular lifecycle. If the Neo is indeed in the works, then let’s hope the upgrades actually make a considerable difference, because right now, it just seems unnecessary.
Considering the high level of visual fidelity that Uncharted 4 possesses, this opens up the floor for future titles on the system, especially exclusives. As developers continue to get more adapted to the hardware , then improvements should naturally be expected. This makes the PS4 Neo almost redundant outside of VR. If the system does exist, then Sony will need to push hard to convince the over 40 million PS4 owners that they didn’t waste their money. Considering the price of PSVR, combining that with the potential high price of the Neo creates a serious expense. This means that either VR is going to have to be mind-blowing, or Sony is preparing to fix a problem that doesn’t necessarily exist.