PS4.5 would be unfair on PS4 gamers

Rumours have been circulating about a potential new PS4. If you’ve not seen them, this rumoured console would basically be a revamped version of Sony’s current console. It’s been stated that it could be twice as powerful as the PS4, that it could support 4K gaming and that it would be more compatible with PlayStation VR. These are, as of yet, rumours. But it still doesn’t change the fact that an updated console would be pretty unfair on current PS4 gamers. Here’s my reasoning.

Re-releasing a console is no new thing. Generally, a ‘slim’ version of a console will be released a few years after the initial release of the console, for example. With the Xbox 360, there were some minor changes between the original and the Elite – a larger hard-drive, and a more efficient motherboard helped to alleviate a lot of technical issues. Then we had the Slim, which replaced the Elite in many ways – this console having a specific port for the Kinect, negating the need for an adaptor. But, in the grand schemes of things, these weren’t wildly different consoles. With the Ps4.5, however, we’re being told that the console will potentially be twice as powerful – which is pretty damn powerful. Not only that, but it could also potentially upscale games to 4K, which is quite a feat.

For those who purchased the PS4 at launch, perhaps an updated console wouldn’t be the end of the world. Perhaps, even, it would be a welcome update. But, I would imagine that there are a lot of people who only recently purchased a PS4, seeing as there have been a lot of great bundles about recently, and that the console hasn’t been out for that long. My thoughts would be with those people, the ones who only just bought the PS4, or quite recently got it, and would perhaps have held out knowing that a better version was on its way. It’s usually a safe bet to assume that a drastically improved console wouldn’t be coming out in the near future, just a few years after a console’s initial launch – so you couldn’t blame them for being disgruntled, if they were of course.

The fact that these rumours are circulating around the same time that Sony are preparing for the launch of PlayStation VR is no co-incidence. And I wonder if, sooner or later, we’ll see some form of this updated console being shipped along with the VR headset. Sure, the updated console might provide a better gaming experience, one which may well work more seamlessly with PlayStation VR. And yes, it would be great to see a console working properly on 4K. But, despite all of that, I still feel that it’s a little unfair on current PS4 gamers. I mean, how are people expected to afford all of this?

I guess the thing that would unsettle me the most would be the fact that its release would only be two and a half years, potentially three, since the release of the initial console – which isn’t very long in a console’s lifetime. The PS4.5, looking at the rumoured specs, would be a considerably more powerful machine; a halfway house between the PS4 and PS5 (hence the name). This is the sort of console I’d expect to see four or five years down the line, and personally, I think that it would be a little unfair to release an ‘almost’ new console, as the PS4 hasn’t been around that long.

I also wonder what the take-up would be like, and whether it’s even necessary at present. For arguments sake, let’s ignore the potential for the PS4.5 to be twice as powerful, which would probably be my main issue with the proposed console – as that’s quite a leap forward from the PS4. Instead, let’s focus on the 4K issue, and the links with VR. Firstly, for the console to be worth the money, more developers would have to be making their games in 4K. Seeing as few are hitting the 1080p mark, at present, I wonder how many will actually make a true 4K game. And, even if they do, how many people will actually own a 4K TV at present? There’s a lot of expenditure there already, assuming that the person would need to buy a 4K TV and the PS4.5. Throw in the fact that PlayStation VR could potentially work better with the console, and you’re looking at a user who’d probably be needing a lot of disposable income, to make the most of the proposed console – so perhaps not your average gamer.

But maybe I’m just being short-sighted. Maybe PS4 gamers are excited at the prospect of a revamped console… or half new console, I guess. If that’s the case, let me know in the comments below! Until then, I’ll just sit back and watch the rumour mill turn, until Sony make some sort of official announcement.

  • Orion Pax

    depends on price, i fear that sony got hyped by the ps4’s success and they’re going to try a ps3 again coming out saying something ridiculous like “here we have the ps4k $799” if this new ps4k is just a hardware refresh with cheaper components and higher clocked cpu/gpu with a 4k bluray and hdmi 2.0 maybe a new wifi chip because the current one is trash, and it has a fair price, it wouldn’t be a big deal

  • Orion Pax

    depends on price, i fear that sony got hyped by the ps4’s success and they’re going to try a ps3 again coming out saying something ridiculous like “here we have the ps4k $799” if this new ps4k is just a hardware refresh with cheaper components and higher clocked cpu/gpu with a 4k bluray and hdmi 2.0 maybe a new wifi chip because the current one is trash, and it has a fair price, it wouldn’t be a big deal

  • sampson3121

    i was upset at first, but now I’m going to wait for an official announcement.
    check out the details.

    • Yeah, that’s the most important thing – we’ve not had anything official as of yet. And when we do, it could well be vastly different to the rumors anyway.

  • sampson3121

    i was upset at first, but now I’m going to wait for an official announcement.
    check out the details.

    • Yeah, that’s the most important thing – we’ve not had anything official as of yet. And when we do, it could well be vastly different to the rumors anyway.

  • Sweetbrandigirl2004

    OMG what a cry baby ! Consoles are always changing and being upgraded or replaced get over sell yours and go buy the next new thing.

    • CygnusRising

      You got it. Hobbies are luxuries and these things just keep moving forward. Buy it and have fun or stick with what you’ve got and be happy.

    • Gamingfan

      The typical sony cocksucker.

      • Elvis Ma

        typical console peasant

        • Gamingfan

          Do you play pc?

          • Elvis Ma

            real men don’t play childish video games

          • Bordomsdeadly

            “Real men” do whatever the heck they want and don’t try deprive themselves entertainment and enjoymet so that they can fit some outdated societal norm.

          • Elvis Ma

            “I do whatever I want”

            Spoken like a true child

  • Sweetbrandigirl2004

    OMG what a cry baby ! Consoles are always changing and being upgraded or replaced get over sell yours and go buy the next new thing.

    • CygnusRising

      You got it. Hobbies are luxuries and these things just keep moving forward. Buy it and have fun or stick with what you’ve got and be happy.

    • Gamingfan

      The typical sony cocksucker.

      • Elvis Ma

        typical console peasant

        • Gamingfan

          Do you play pc?

          • Elvis Ma

            real men don’t play childish video games

          • Bordomsdeadly

            “Real men” do whatever the heck they want and don’t try deprive themselves entertainment and enjoymet so that they can fit some outdated societal norm.

          • Elvis Ma

            “I do whatever I want”

            Spoken like a true child

  • Elvis Ma

    I’m, not surprised The consoles have trouble running Fallout 4 at a smooth 30fps @ 1080p. Its a dead end with these platforms.

  • Elvis Ma

    I’m, not surprised The consoles have trouble running Fallout 4 at a smooth 30fps @ 1080p. Its a dead end with these platforms.

  • Starry Pan

    As long as there aren’t ps4.5 exclusive games I don’t really care. the console is and always has been outdated. We knew that at launch. That didn’t stop me from buying it to play games on it.

    But as someone who would get no benefit from a 4K console (don’t have a 4K monitor and have no interest in VR), I don’t want to get the short end of the stick with games that aren’t supported (or the ps4.5 version come with extra content or some crap).

    • I guess it depends on how much more powerful the console is / would be. When the rumors are saying ‘double’, that sounds like quite a bit – so there could potentially be games which could work on the PS4.5 and not on the PS4. That being said, we don’t know where the extra power is being placed (if it even exists!) – could well be mostly going towards VR side of things.

    • Rick Tucker

      I’ve been saying they should make replaceable graphics cards for consoles forever. I’m hoping this will just be a console with better graphics. Something akin to pushing the sliders up to max like on pc games.

    • PUTEMnKASKETS .

      There will be PS4.5 exclusive games.

  • Starry Pan

    As long as there aren’t ps4.5 exclusive games I don’t really care. the console is and always has been outdated. We knew that at launch. That didn’t stop me from buying it to play games on it.

    But as someone who would get no benefit from a 4K console (don’t have a 4K monitor and have no interest in VR), I don’t want to get the short end of the stick with games that aren’t supported (or the ps4.5 version come with extra content or some crap).

    • I guess it depends on how much more powerful the console is / would be. When the rumors are saying ‘double’, that sounds like quite a bit – so there could potentially be games which could work on the PS4.5 and not on the PS4. That being said, we don’t know where the extra power is being placed (if it even exists!) – could well be mostly going towards VR side of things.

    • Rick Tucker

      I’ve been saying they should make replaceable graphics cards for consoles forever. I’m hoping this will just be a console with better graphics. Something akin to pushing the sliders up to max like on pc games.

    • PUTEMnKASKETS .

      There will be PS4.5 exclusive games.

  • They need to be carful with how they message this or risk shitting over the people who brought a Playstation in 2013 and helped drive the console sales. You may have to update your PC constantly but the benefit of a console is you don’t have to worry about that. If consoles are becoming more like PC’s then they are at risk of destroying their USP.

    • Elvis Ma

      3DS –> 3DS XL
      PS3 –> PS3 Slim

      Consoles get updated too. Difference with PC there’s actually some noticeable performance increase.

  • They need to be carful with how they message this or risk shitting over the people who brought a Playstation in 2013 and helped drive the console sales. You may have to update your PC constantly but the benefit of a console is you don’t have to worry about that. If consoles are becoming more like PC’s then they are at risk of destroying their USP.

    • Elvis Ma

      3DS –> 3DS XL
      PS3 –> PS3 Slim

      Consoles get updated too. Difference with PC there’s actually some noticeable performance increase.

  • Dirkster_Dude

    The best thing Sony could do for Microsoft would be to fracture the market between a PS4 and a PS4.5. You then have the haves and the have nots and it would all be Sony’s fault to make it work better with a peripheral. How many peripherals no matter how revolutionary have truly worked when part of the charm is knowing it will not change for a few years? People might say: “Oh, but PSVR is different, cooler, better!” – I say it is $500 more money. Before anybody tells me it is only $400 you need the camera and the move controllers for it to work properly, which is an additional $100. Although as I understand you can use your regular controller as well in some situations.

  • Dirkster_Dude

    The best thing Sony could do for Microsoft would be to fracture the market between a PS4 and a PS4.5. You then have the haves and the have nots and it would all be Sony’s fault to make it work better with a peripheral. How many peripherals no matter how revolutionary have truly worked when part of the charm is knowing it will not change for a few years? People might say: “Oh, but PSVR is different, cooler, better!” – I say it is $500 more money. Before anybody tells me it is only $400 you need the camera and the move controllers for it to work properly, which is an additional $100. Although as I understand you can use your regular controller as well in some situations.

  • JimmyNice

    I don’t believe that Sony is so stupid as to allow games to come out that fundamentally play “worse” on the existing (almost) 40 million gamers who purchased a PS4. This is their bread and butter. This is who is pulling a company out of the red and the leading division at the entire company.

    This is more akin to getting a newer version of your smart phone or someone putting a new graphics card in their PC. The operating system is still the same, the environment the game is running in is still the same. You aren’t talking about development of games in 2 completely different environments, like a PS3 and an xbox 360. Those days you had to have different development teams optimizing to make it work as good as you could in COMPLETELY different environments. That is not the case here. These are the SAME games running in the same environments.

    Combined with the fact that digital foundry already did the analysis and said flat out there is NO way a new machine (PS4.5, PS4k, whatever it’s called) could run 4K games natively. So it means we are talking about upconversion… up conversion of existing AND new games. So The Last of us Remastered plays at 1080p and 60fps (or 30fps locked) … maybe on the PS4K it runs at an upconverted 4K with a locked 60fps…. Does the game running on the PS4 somehow become shitty? NO. It just means that it’s at a higher res and more solid frame rate on the PS4K.

    So again, look at developers. Do they want to make games that will somehow ONLY run on the million or so PS4K’s at launch… or do they want the games to still run great on the other 40 or 50 million PS4’s (especially if the PS4 turns into a slimmer version with a price drop). You want the game to essentially play the same with the only difference being resolution and maximum frame rate.

    In fact, the thing that could be amazing is that the PS5 or 6 or whatever we get later on down the road.. if it stays in the same PC style architecture and just keeps upgrading graphics capabilities, processing power and ram… there is not reason why the game library… could continuously run on future systems. Maybe disk formats change or something, but digital files of the games could potentially work on any future systems. Maybe it won’t be a dramatic thing anymore as new consoles come out because they will be more and more of what they are now, essentially simplified, game focused PC’s at easy to swallow price points.

    And as far as VR goes, you know this thing also has to launch to the 40 million existing PS4’s and has been designed from the ground up to run on the PS4… shown at every event, running on PS4. So again, maybe you get a higher frame rate potential from PS4K, but developers are already doing all their work around PS4, so it works on PS4.

    Now much like in iOS or on Andriod… yes, eventually many other grades later down the road, you COULD get to a point where some new game requires some latest version of the operating system… and like my generation 1 ipad mini, it just won’t run certain new games on the oldest version of the platform… and then you have to bite the bullet and look at upgrading to a newer version.

    But that time is NOT with the PS4K. Personally the ONLY reason for me to consider one is when I get a 4KTV. Which may be next year… and maybe I’ll look at getting one some time in 2017… but that’s just me.

    • Lots of valid points! I agree with your point about constant upgrades – I can certainly see consoles going this way, what with the success of the Xbox One’s software update system, there’s no reason why that couldn’t for graphics, etc, too.

  • JimmyNice

    I don’t believe that Sony is so stupid as to allow games to come out that fundamentally play “worse” on the existing (almost) 40 million gamers who purchased a PS4. This is their bread and butter. This is who is pulling a company out of the red and the leading division at the entire company.

    This is more akin to getting a newer version of your smart phone or someone putting a new graphics card in their PC. The operating system is still the same, the environment the game is running in is still the same. You aren’t talking about development of games in 2 completely different environments, like a PS3 and an xbox 360. Those days you had to have different development teams optimizing to make it work as good as you could in COMPLETELY different environments. That is not the case here. These are the SAME games running in the same environments.

    Combined with the fact that digital foundry already did the analysis and said flat out there is NO way a new machine (PS4.5, PS4k, whatever it’s called) could run 4K games natively. So it means we are talking about upconversion… up conversion of existing AND new games. So The Last of us Remastered plays at 1080p and 60fps (or 30fps locked) … maybe on the PS4K it runs at an upconverted 4K with a locked 60fps…. Does the game running on the PS4 somehow become shitty? NO. It just means that it’s at a higher res and more solid frame rate on the PS4K.

    So again, look at developers. Do they want to make games that will somehow ONLY run on the million or so PS4K’s at launch… or do they want the games to still run great on the other 40 or 50 million PS4’s (especially if the PS4 turns into a slimmer version with a price drop). You want the game to essentially play the same with the only difference being resolution and maximum frame rate.

    In fact, the thing that could be amazing is that the PS5 or 6 or whatever we get later on down the road.. if it stays in the same PC style architecture and just keeps upgrading graphics capabilities, processing power and ram… there is not reason why the game library… could continuously run on future systems. Maybe disk formats change or something, but digital files of the games could potentially work on any future systems. Maybe it won’t be a dramatic thing anymore as new consoles come out because they will be more and more of what they are now, essentially simplified, game focused PC’s at easy to swallow price points.

    And as far as VR goes, you know this thing also has to launch to the 40 million existing PS4’s and has been designed from the ground up to run on the PS4… shown at every event, running on PS4. So again, maybe you get a higher frame rate potential from PS4K, but developers are already doing all their work around PS4, so it works on PS4.

    Now much like in iOS or on Andriod… yes, eventually many other grades later down the road, you COULD get to a point where some new game requires some latest version of the operating system… and like my generation 1 ipad mini, it just won’t run certain new games on the oldest version of the platform… and then you have to bite the bullet and look at upgrading to a newer version.

    But that time is NOT with the PS4K. Personally the ONLY reason for me to consider one is when I get a 4KTV. Which may be next year… and maybe I’ll look at getting one some time in 2017… but that’s just me.

    • Lots of valid points! I agree with your point about constant upgrades – I can certainly see consoles going this way, what with the success of the Xbox One’s software update system, there’s no reason why that couldn’t for graphics, etc, too.

  • Wolfman Jack

    I totally agree with the author! picked up my Special Edition Star Wars PS4 console this past November, 2015 and already within 5 months it sounds like it’s going to be a thing of the past. I understand from some people on here saying that games will still be made for the current generation but still makes me feel my system is outdated while there is another improved PS4.5 on the market. I, like you am pissed off if this is actually true. I was expecting another three to four years enjoying my supposedly top of the line best console on the market only to now read that it won’t be any longer the best console in a couple of months. Wish I knew this 5 months ago before buying the PS4. However guess what, I’m not buying this mid-level console anytime soon, Absolutly I could definitely afford a PS4.5 but refuse to buy it. Like you said, it’s no question an investment and they seriously MUST have in place an awesome trade in value program for me to even considered such a thought because I would also need to invest into a 4K TV for the purpose of this new mid-level console so therefore I’m going to max out my enjoyment and power of the PS4 Until they make a PS5 console further down the road. I’m not playing into their marketing agenda without a seriously crazy trade in value which I suspect won’t be good enough for me.

    • Byron Injeeli

      I feel the exact same way. Also, it would have been better to just buy a powerful gaming pc instead of buying two Playstation consoles, if Sony is indeed going to release a PS4.5.

      • Wolfman Jack

        You’re absolutely right! It makes sense for new recent PS4 owners or new prospects looking to get into a PS4 console to purchase a PC gaming system rather then the PS4.5. The way this is going on console life span, it won’t be too long before the PS4.5 gets outdated with say a PS5 introduction and then have to spend about $400 or $500 for that too.

    • Cameron Lourenco

      Um, now you know what it’s like to buy a smart phone?
      LOL oh wait… smart phones are 700-1000 bucks for the absolute best ones on the market, as you’re clamoring for. You only paid 400 for a PS4.

      Only children are concerned with the idea of “fairness”, and gamers are the most childish of all aspects of society if articles like these are being written by them.

      • Wolfman Jack

        Like how you easily compare Apples to Oranges..Smart phones are known to be updated every 6 months or sooner…which is another waste of money here too. Consoles have always been to last in people homes average 6 or 7 years without any serious update only to the design at best…Uh you also know that consoles needs games to play right, each game is average $65 at cost, uh and you also should know that you most likely need another controller average cost $50 to $75. At the end of the day my friend, a console will end up costing abit more than what your smart phone at $1000 cost, so make sure you get your story straight when you’re comparing with accurate numbers. As demonstrated cost is very similar right not as you put it but Difference here like I said is console have always been 6 to 7 years life span. I’m not cool with this, Sony will split its fans and developers…they are trying to move in Apple direction..this will not fly.

  • Wolfman Jack

    I totally agree with the author! picked up my Special Edition Star Wars PS4 console this past November, 2015 and already within 5 months it sounds like it’s going to be a thing of the past. I understand from some people on here saying that games will still be made for the current generation but still makes me feel my system is outdated while there is another improved PS4.5 on the market. I, like you am pissed off if this is actually true. I was expecting another three to four years enjoying my supposedly top of the line best console on the market only to now read that it won’t be any longer the best console in a couple of months. Wish I knew this 5 months ago before buying the PS4. However guess what, I’m not buying this mid-level console anytime soon, Absolutly I could definitely afford a PS4.5 but refuse to buy it. Like you said, it’s no question an investment and they seriously MUST have in place an awesome trade in value program for me to even considered such a thought because I would also need to invest into a 4K TV for the purpose of this new mid-level console so therefore I’m going to max out my enjoyment and power of the PS4 Until they make a PS5 console further down the road. I’m not playing into their marketing agenda without a seriously crazy trade in value which I suspect won’t be good enough for me.

    • Byron Injeeli

      I feel the exact same way. Also, it would have been better to just buy a powerful gaming pc instead of buying two Playstation consoles, if Sony is indeed going to release a PS4.5.

      • Wolfman Jack

        You’re absolutely right! It makes sense for new recent PS4 owners or new prospects looking to get into a PS4 console to purchase a PC gaming system rather then the PS4.5. The way this is going on console life span, it won’t be too long before the PS4.5 gets outdated with say a PS5 introduction and then have to spend about $400 or $500 for that too.

    • Cameron Lourenco

      Um, now you know what it’s like to buy a smart phone?
      LOL oh wait… smart phones are 700-1000 bucks for the absolute best ones on the market, as you’re clamoring for. You only paid 400 for a PS4.

      Only children are concerned with the idea of “fairness”, and gamers are the most childish of all aspects of society if articles like these are being written by them.

      • Wolfman Jack

        Like how you easily compare Apples to Oranges..Smart phones are known to be updated every 6 months or sooner…which is another waste of money here too. Consoles have always been to last in people homes average 6 or 7 years without any serious update only to the design at best…Uh you also know that consoles needs games to play right, each game is average $65 at cost, uh and you also should know that you most likely need another controller average cost $50 to $75. At the end of the day my friend, a console will end up costing abit more than what your smart phone at $1000 cost, so make sure you get your story straight when you’re comparing with accurate numbers. As demonstrated cost is very similar right not as you put it but Difference here like I said is console have always been 6 to 7 years life span. I’m not cool with this, Sony will split its fans and developers…they are trying to move in Apple direction..this will not fly.

  • PUTEMnKASKETS .

    As long as Sony partners with Gamestop. If I can get atleast 150usd for a buyback then I am all for it.

  • PUTEMnKASKETS .

    As long as Sony partners with Gamestop. If I can get atleast 150usd for a buyback then I am all for it.

  • gordo_c_123

    Correct me if im understanding this the wrong way. In order for a PS4.5 to work you would essentially need three things: 1) a 4K TV, 2) a PS4.5, and 3) video game developers to make their games in 4K resolution. Am I right? If so, this sounds like a big stretch. You mean to tell me that, let’s say Ubisoft, would have to re-develop (or whatever they have to do) The Division or RockStar re-develop GTA V in 4K? It would make more sense if Sony made the PS5 in 4K because then it gives developers and 4K technology time to become more mainstream. I’ll buy a 4K TV when they starting filming 4K content, otherwise im just watching 1080p on a 4K TV.

    • Wolfman Jack

      Totally agree!

  • gordo_c_123

    Correct me if im understanding this the wrong way. In order for a PS4.5 to work you would essentially need three things: 1) a 4K TV, 2) a PS4.5, and 3) video game developers to make their games in 4K resolution. Am I right? If so, this sounds like a big stretch. You mean to tell me that, let’s say Ubisoft, would have to re-develop (or whatever they have to do) The Division or RockStar re-develop GTA V in 4K? It would make more sense if Sony made the PS5 in 4K because then it gives developers and 4K technology time to become more mainstream. I’ll buy a 4K TV when they starting filming 4K content, otherwise im just watching 1080p on a 4K TV.

    • Wolfman Jack

      Totally agree!

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  • Tifa Lockhart

    It is people like YOU is slowing the evolution of gaming industry. I meant if Sony release PS5, will YOU complain that it is unfair to PS4 gamers as well? Jesus man. They better just kill off gaming as a whole so it will be fair to everyone because if nobody get a newer console, then it’s fair for everyone, right? IDIOTS!

  • Tifa Lockhart

    It is people like YOU is slowing the evolution of gaming industry. I meant if Sony release PS5, will YOU complain that it is unfair to PS4 gamers as well? Jesus man. They better just kill off gaming as a whole so it will be fair to everyone because if nobody get a newer console, then it’s fair for everyone, right? IDIOTS!

  • Karl B

    GOODBYE SONY, hello to PC land if they do this. Having bought a ps4 after years of loyalty buying their products, I will be cancelling my pre-order VR if they do release an upgraded PS soon. To be told you need another PS (4.5/4k or whatever the current codename is) to get the most from their VR system is misleading and they should be advising customers of this NOW. IF the rumours are false, they should be making a statement – Sony does not respond to rumours but by not doing so in this case would be a disaster as it is likely many will not buy a console until things are more certain. If it true they are releasing PS4.5, then they appear to be contented to continue to sell a machine that allegedly play VR games but is in fact not up to the job. If I had known this, I would have postponed parting with my money. Yes, consoles, phones etc are regularly updated and we expect this, but this is sooner than expected and PS4s are selling on the basis that it will be powerful enough. Customer loyalty will be adversely affected to put it mildly. I would expect an upgrade offer for existing customers at a reasonable cost. If not, I will be jumping ship.

  • Karl B

    GOODBYE SONY, hello to PC land if they do this. Having bought a ps4 after years of loyalty buying their products, I will be cancelling my pre-order VR if they do release an upgraded PS soon. To be told you need another PS (4.5/4k or whatever the current codename is) to get the most from their VR system is misleading and they should be advising customers of this NOW. IF the rumours are false, they should be making a statement – Sony does not respond to rumours but by not doing so in this case would be a disaster as it is likely many will not buy a console until things are more certain. If it true they are releasing PS4.5, then they appear to be contented to continue to sell a machine that allegedly play VR games but is in fact not up to the job. If I had known this, I would have postponed parting with my money. Yes, consoles, phones etc are regularly updated and we expect this, but this is sooner than expected and PS4s are selling on the basis that it will be powerful enough. Customer loyalty will be adversely affected to put it mildly. I would expect an upgrade offer for existing customers at a reasonable cost. If not, I will be jumping ship.