Sony probably won't be happy today, as the PlayStation 4K has leaked in full – assuming that Giant Bomb's sources are correct. We've already heard a lot about the Japanese giant's hypothetical hardware half-step, but it seems that documentation regarding the device is now in the hands of the media – with an announcement surely due any day now.
So, what's being reported? Well, the PS4K is real, and it's codenamed Neo internally – it seems that someone at Sony is a Matrix fan, what with Project Morpheus and all. As expected, the new console is more powerful than its existing counter-part, boasting improved CPU, GPU, and memory performance. It doesn't appear to be a colossal leap, but still a noticeable step forward.
According to Giant Bomb, starting October, developers will be required to ship games in two formats: "Base Mode" and "Neo Mode". This is to ensure that all titles work on existing consoles, but also take advantage of the PS4K's new hardware features. Apparently, the platform holder has no desire to split the market; there'll be no Neo exclusive features or anything like that.
As previously reported, the new console will also support 4K output, but it won't pressure developers into hitting this resolution. Instead, the upgraded console will offer upscaling for those with fancy new televisions. Otherwise, the enhanced appliance will connect to the same PlayStation Store, will offer the same PlayStation Network services, and will run on the same operating system as the current PS4.
It'll also work with the same peripherals, so your PlayStation VR experience will likely be the same whichever system you own. It sounds like the manufacturer's targeting a $399.99 price point for the unit, and we have to imagine that it will launch this year if the platform holder's requiring developers to support it as soon as October.
All in all, it doesn't really sound as bad as first envisioned – the upgrade's there for those that want it, but the Japanese giant will be requiring developers to support both hardware models, so the market will not be segmented. With the right messaging, the manufacturer could very well pull this off yet. It won't, of course, be pleased seeing all of its plans laid out online ahead of time.