New PlayStation 4.5 Could Divide Proud PS4 Owners

Sony is working on a new, higher-powered version of the PlayStation 4 console, however, it will not be disclosed at the E3 gaming convention which begins on Monday.

The news that Sony has got a 4K update to the PS4 is indeed stunning. Once again Sony shows its power and arrogance over its loyal customers. After all, what will the already 40 million strong install base think by having their PS4’s made redundant like this?

Sony Interactive Entertainment president Andrew House told the Financial Times that the new console, which is believed to be codenamed “Neo“, will “sit alongside and complement” the current generation PlayStation 4.

The new console will support games in the 4K definition for the first time, Mr. House said, though a price and release date were not disclosed.

On Monday, Microsoft is also expected to announce a new, slimmer version of the Xbox One console. Sony is clearly working its way up to keep up with features release.

Sony will be among a host of the largest names in video gaming who will hold showcase events in Los Angeles as part of the opening of E3. War-based shooting series Call of Duty will be part of the titles featuring at the event

For the last fifteen months, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One for thirteen of them, that’s mightily impressive and shows that the PS4 has become the dominant console of this generation.

Therefore, I cannot understand why Sony is taking the path of alienating its loyal fan base boosting company selling revenue.

Following Sony’s statement doesn’t match what the giant company is in the process of doing with PS4.5 : “Thank you to our fans and partners for making PlayStation 4 the top-selling console and software sales leader for the month of March, as well as the number-one console for fans of The Division, according to NPD. We are truly humbled by the success and look forward to delivering more amazing gaming experiences throughout 2016, including the launch of PlayStation VR this October.”

If they are so thankful why back stabbing your PS4 customers and why not investing his strong revenue on bringing a PS3 compatibility mode so we can enjoy those old games too?

Microsoft has been smarter on this and noticed the need to plug some money and make it possible for its Xbox supporters. They worked hard on a software release to make possible to have Xbox One playing old 360 games such as Blacks Ops.

I have been a long time Play Station loyal customer since “God of War“—God of War 3 Remastered – PlayStation 4— is only available in such video game platform. I have the entire collection of Assassins Creed for PS3 and now start buying PS4 franchise titles.

I have been even waiting for latest franchise release of Naughty Dog Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – PlayStation 4, even have a nice blog post on why you should buy it —grrrrr. Not even saying that I bought “Red Dead Redemption” as well, I’m now official mad.

I’m one of those loyal supporters that pretty soon will feel outcasted with a new console version that supports 4k video when mine doesn’t. Don’t get me wrong, it is not the feature release rather than the way it is being done.

With the beginning of new era of 4k televisions, we have big TV makers closing deals with video streaming company like Netflix to reach many homes.

Now Sony wants to ride the same boat.

By releasing its new 4k PlayStation 4 version, users will be able to enjoy coming soon 4k games titles. Whereas PS4 owners like this writer we should able to buy same game and enjoy it in standard mode.

Close to 40 million PlayStation 4 have been sold to date and a 4K upgraded unit would exclude and anger those customers. Not to mention the more pressing issue of increased development costs to support and leverage this new graphical potency mid-way through a console’s life cycle.

I cannot express my sentiment better than Ollie Barder from Forbes and that is why I’m copying his statement as it was mine: “I really wish Sony don’t undo all this good work with a nonsensical 4K upgrade. Make a slimmer and streamlined unit, as they have in the past, but don’t try to compete with the PC side of things.”

Naturally, I’ll be keeping a close eye on this but as someone that has already bought a PlayStation 4. I do have an obscure feeling that my PS4 won’t be with me long time—developers stopping producing titles for— and this PS 4.5 is more than 4K capability…

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