tech2 News StaffJul 18, 2016 16:21:09 IST
Amazon’s Spanish division might have leaked the pricing and release date of Sony’s upcoming PlayStation Neo.
A listing on Amazon’s Spanish website listed the PlayStation Neo as going on sale for around €399.99 (around Rs 30,000) with a release date of October 13. The PS4 is currently listed at €300 (around Rs 23,000). The listing has since been pulled down and only the release date remains.
This price is actually much lower than we expected, but as you will see from the specifications below, the changes to the system aren’t that dramatic either.
It was just a few days ago that slides from what appear to be an internal presentation leaked online. These slides highlight the differences between the PS4 and the upcoming PlayStation Neo.
|PlayStation 4||PlayStation Neo|
|CPU||8 Jaguar cores at 1.6 GHz||8 Jaguar cores at 2.1 GHz|
|GPU||18 CUs at 800 MHz||36 CUs at 911 MHz|
|Memory||8GB GDDR5||8GB GDDR5|
|Memory bandwidth||176 GB/s||218 GB/s|
While it was rumoured that the PlayStation Neo would use a new CPU, the leaks suggest that the device will use the existing Jaguar architecture, but at a higher clock speed. The biggest bump comes in the GPU department, which bumps the CU (Compute Unit) count from 18 to 36 and clocks them slightly higher.
Together with improvements to the RAM modules and other tweaks, the system should be capable of 4K gaming. As can be expected, the leaked slides suggest higher, more stable frame-rates at HD resolutions as well as improved fidelity and more graphics features.
It’s long been speculated that the bump in specs is mostly to do with the launch of the PlayStation VR headset (for $400). Given that the VR headset only supports 1080p, it’s obvious that the need for high-frame rate HD gameplay was more important than higher resolution. It’s also important to note that even a $550 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 (Rs 64,000 in India) can just barely manage playable frame-rates at 4K, which would lead us to believe that 4K gaming on the PlayStation Neo may not be all that it's hyped to be.
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