The Playstation 4.5* has been confirmed, but will not appear at E3 2016
The Playstation 4 Neo has been officially announced by Sony, but have quashed rumours that the console will be unveiled at E3 2016 (June 14-16 2016). However, we’re a little skeptical.
Sony have denied that the Playstation 4.5 will be announced at E3 2016, but have confirmed its existence. CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, Andrew House said:
“It is intended to sit alongside & complement the standard PS4.
“We will be selling both [versions] through the life cycle.”
From Andrew House’s interview with the Financial Times, via Videogamer.com: The new console will not be revealed at E3 next week, however, with Sony instead waiting to “ensure we have a full range of the best experiences on the new system that we can showcase in their entirety,” House says.
All PS4 games will remain compatible across both consoles, House adds, with Sony expecting “all or a very large majority of games” to be optimised for the new PS4. The platform holder also expects the hardware to be profitable from launch, rather than selling it at a loss.
A price, release date, specs and official name for the new console has not been revealed. It isn’t clear whether the hardware will arrive this year, although rumours suggest all PS4 games will be required to be compatible with the console from October.
With this news, we’re really looking forward to what is announced at E3. Sony really are keeping tight lipped and have no reported leaks ahead of their presentation.
E3 2016 will begin on June 14th 2016 at 12pm and conclude on June 16th 2016 at just after 10:30pm.
In other news, Microsoft are reportedly working on a slim Xbox One or possibly straight into the Xbox Two, with the Tech giants looking at reducing the size of the Xbox One and making the console more powerful.
From TheVerge.com: Alongside the usual teasers of upcoming games, Microsoft looks to launch a wide range of new Xbox hardware this year. Rumors suggest the first new device we’ll see is a slimmer and smaller version of the current Xbox One. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell us that it will be around 40 percent smaller than the current model, and will likely support 4K video playback. Microsoft previously created a slimmer version of its popular Xbox 360 console, so an Xbox One Slim isn’t exactly surprising. What might be surprising is what’s inside. Microsoft could opt to ditch its Kinect port or even the HDMI-in port it uses for TV set-top box controls.
*The Playstation 4.5 does not have an official name yet, however fans believe it to be ‘Playstation 4 NEO’.