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Rumor: Upgraded PS4 To Be Announced Before PS VR Release

by Matthew Kato on Mar 28, 2016 at 05:09 AM

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that its sources not only confirm that Sony is working on a more powerful PS4, but that it will be announced before the PS VR is released in October.

Citing "people familiar with the matter," the paper says that the upgraded system will be needed to make the most out of virtual reality, but one source said it is likely both the current PS4 and the higher-end model would share the same software catalog. Also, production of the current PS4 would continue.

While WSJ's sources indicated that Sony wants to target consumers willing to pay for a high-end experience, the report did not mentioning pricing or any other specifics. Earlier in the month, Kotaku originally reported a rumor on the PlayStation 4.5, as it has been colloquially called.

Sony has previously refused to comment on the matter. We recently shared our thoughts about the rumors, specifically the aspects focused on high-end, 4K gaming.

[Source: The Wall Street Journal]


Our Take
The pre-October timing certainly isn't surprising given that the PS 4.5 will amplify the PS VR, but given how long the company has been talking about its virtual reality venture, it feels like Sony is not giving consumers enough time to save up for both PS VR and this supposed upcoming system.