Sony Computer Entertainment really seems to have a love for The Matrix movies. The virtual reality headset was codenamed “Morpheus”, and the newly rumored PS4.5 is codenamed “Neo”. While they might call their next big thing Mr. Smith, the currently rumored Neo has yet to be confirmed. However, in speaking with French Publication Challenges, the Sony Computer Entertainment Vice President for Southern Europe, Philippe Cardon, basically stated the system is a go without actually saying so. The article was translated by a user at NeoGAF, but it pretty much seems things are certainly a go for this system as it will help extend hardware life and better support the PlayStation Virtual Reality.
Cardon mentioned that the hardware is already dated. “PS4 has been developed to be compatible with VR, but within the life of a console research and development teams are still working on improvements. The current PS4 dates back multiple years. It’s normal to think of its update. However, I have no more information than that to provide.”
The updated system will most likely be unveiled at E3 2016. It may or may not have some design changes, as more demanding hardware will lead to more heat. One of the possibilities why Sony is going this route could be the lack of trust between the PlayStation VR and the current hardware setup. Couple that with not wanting to abandon a console that was released only three years, but needing some extra juice to really push games. Before this generation, the talk was all about achieving a full 1080p resolution with games running at 60 FPS, and this has rarely been the case. While Sony is fully invested in its Virtual Reality headset, hopefully it will catch on better than its motion control and 3D movement from the past generation. Stay tuned for more information involving the PlayStation 4 Neo.