Sony Might Consider A Beefier PS4 In The Future With Improved Hardware
There is no denying that Sony’s PS4 has the more capable hardware when it comes to next generation consoles but there is still the fact that even then it fails to deliver a 1080p experience with smooth 60 frames per second when it comes to multiplatform games, such as the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront which is 900p and 60fps (although in a lot of cases the hardware even fails to maintain 30 solid frames). That leads a lot of people to believe this generation of consoles has failed despite the PS4 having massive sale numbers.
Now it seems like the company might be considering a new iteration of the PS4, as indicated by SCE Senior VP Masayasu Ito, with improved hardware. And since it will just be an improved PS4 and not a new console altogether, it should be able to run the current released games while providing better performance.
There are no immediate plans for a superior version of the PS4 and a big part of the discussion is centered on splitting the console user-base. Sony has strong sales momentum at the moment, so it probably wouldn’t want to do anything to jeopardise that.
This new idea of hardware updates isn’t exactly new when it comes to consoles since even Sega attempted hardware add-ons in its days; however that didn’t end up a good experience for everyone involved.
Since the PS4 is based on x86 architecture, the potential for incremental hardware updates is stronger, similar to a PC although probably not with that much freedom. Even Nintendo attempted this recently with the new 3DS although it prevented people from playing the games designed for new 3DS on their old ones.