The rumors have been circulating the internet about PS4K for quite some time, and the most consistent one claims that SONY has mandated backwards compatibility for PS4K. Developers are to develop games for both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4K, and can not introduce a feature that exists in one but not in the other.
However, an anonymous developer has challenged this rumor, and claims that PlayStation 4K upgrade is necessary. He claims that the reason why SONY started producing PlayStation 4K is because PS4 can’t run VR on target frame rate.
The anonymous source told Edge Magazine:
PSVR was going to be terrible on a [launch] PS4. It was going to be truly awful. Something a bit more powerful starts to bring VR into range.
This source also commented on SONY’s plans to upgrade the console:
I’m not interested in marketing strategies or adoption rates or whatever. I’m not considering that. But as someone who does the technology for video games, somebody doubling my GPU and adding 30% CPU is brilliant. I’d love that every two years. I’d love it every six months, if possible. All I want is the most powerful hardware that I can get my hands on.
There are some inconsistencies in the statement, firstly SONY have been demoing the PSVR system for months now, and the feedback is positive.
There might be a possibility that this anonymous source is talking about an earlier version of PSVR, possibly before Sony added an additional processing box or unlocked another core for developers to use.
Secondly, the comments about SONY commitment to backwards compatibility for PlayStation 4K is a little exaggerated, as there are some virtual reality titles that run well on PlayStation 4.
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