Sony is reportedly planning to launch an upgraded PlayStation 4 before the October release window of the PlayStation VR. This could mean a shortening of the console release schedule from six or seven years down to a mere three years between new hardware.
Reports are still claiming that the new PS4 is being designed to cater to gaming in 4K, while also providing more power for virtual reality games. Sony Computer Entertainment is still declining to comment on the rumours, but more reports about the new console have been appearing.
It is understood that the new PS4 will still support older games, but it is unknown how it will affect development of titles in the future. Chances are that Sony could implement the same strategy as Nintendo and design games to support both consoles, with several titles being exclusive to the more powerful machine.
We could potentially also see additional graphics options start appearing in games, allowing players to switch to better graphics if they are on the upgraded PS4.
Sony is not the only company looking into a shortened life cycle for its consoles. Microsoft has begun talking about an upgradeable Xbox One, while Nintendo is apparently already working on its next generation machine in the NX.
[Source: Wall Street Journal]