So PlayStation has announced that there’s a PlayStation 4.5 coming out soon.
It’s more expensive than the PlayStation 4. It’s going to go up to 4K instead of being limited to 1080. Aaaand… so, like, what’s the main selling point?
The graphical upgrade is nice, I suppose, but I’m still in the “1080 is more than good enough” place. Of course, that doesn’t mean that everyone is but in order to make the whole “this offers 4K!” a truly sexy sales pitch, you need quite a few folks out there with 4K televisions. 4K televisions have only been around for, what? Two years? Three years tops? We’re far from market saturation. Given that most folks have switched to HD television in recent memory, getting them to switch to Even HDer requires something so very awesome that they’re willing to drop 4 figures on (yet) (another) new television.
Maybe there will be synergy between the 4K PlayStation and the 4K television. Sure. That, however, will require the PS4.5 to be able to do stuff that the old PS4 just can’t do… and this generation is a mere 3 years old.
Doing something like that will, effectively, burn a whole bunch of people. Sure, the people who bought a PS4 on Day One got a full 3 years with it, but there are a lot of folks who waited a year or two to get the console. Coming out with a New And Improved PS4 will burn these folks.
Of course, the other option, is that the PS4.5 is just an option for those folks out there who bought a 4K television on Day One and have spent the last couple of years wishing that they could get a game system that would provide 4K graphics to it.
I just don’t know that there are enough of those folks to justify manufacturing costs.
All in all, this strikes me as somewhere on the spectrum between “premature” and “bad decision”.
But maybe I’m missing something.
So… what are you playing?
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