For the time being, few really seem to like the idea of an updated PlayStation 4 console, apparently launching later this year.
The PS4K – or "PS4 Neo" as it's being called now – has been ticking off fans of the brand since the rumors began. The idea of being forced to upgrade only a few years into a console cycle isn't something console owners are used to.
Of course, maybe we shouldn't use the word "forced" because it's not like the new system will play all-new games, and it's not a full step up, so it shouldn't feel like a whole new generation of hardware. There's a disagreement as to just how big this step will be; some say the effect the extra power has on things like frame rate and resolution is more than significant, while others say we probably won't notice much.
Then there's the very vocal contingent that believes it's really only a ploy to get more people to buy either PlayStation VR or a 4K TV (despite the fact that even the new PS4 won't be able to handle native 4K output). If it really only has a big effect on VR, many current PS4 owners might not care. But what happens when the comparison videos start showing up online, putting PS4 and PS4K versions of the same game side by side? Will the difference be glaring enough to make current PS4 owners feel as if they're missing out? That they have to pay another $400 (or whatever) if they want an obviously better experience?
I guess the real question is: What will make you spring for the updated PS4 right out of the gate? Would you have to be one of the early PlayStation VR adopters? Do you think you'll easily notice and very much appreciate the better tech? And what about cost? If it's over a certain amount, are you just going to wait?