Sony's new PS4 sports 4K upscaling, upgraded CPU, GPU and RAM

Sony's new PlayStation 4 upscales 1080p games to 4K, may be powered by AMD's new Polaris GPU.

Published Mon, Apr 18 2016 10:11 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:00 PM CST

Sony's new PlayStation 4 console, also known as PS4K or PS4.5, is codenamed NEO, and will feature beefier internal components with upgraded CPU, GPU, and RAM. The new PS4 will support 4K image output and upscale 1080p games to 4K UHD.

Sony's new PS4 sports 4K upscaling, upgraded CPU, GPU and RAM |

According to Giant Bomb's Austin Walker, Sony's new PlayStation 4 won't be a dramatic upgrade over the current version, and certainly not the crazy native 4K UHD console we had hoped for. The new system, codenamed NEO, is built around the existing structure with 8 Jaguar CPU Cores at 2.1 GHz, and improved AMD GCN GPU with 36 Control Units clocked at 911MHz.

The NEO's GPU specs seem to match the specs of AMD's next-generation Polaris10 Ellesmere chip found in the upcoming Radeon R9 480, so we could see the new PS4 powered by Polaris after all. If so, we'd undoubtedly hit 1080p 60FPS in all games along with native PlayStation VR support.

Original PS4

  • CPU: 8 Jaguar Cores at 1.6 GHz
  • GPU: AMD GCN, 18 CUs at 800 MHz (equivalent to Radeon HD 7850)
  • Memory: 8 GB GDDR5, 176 GB/s


  • CPU: 8 Jaguar Cores at 2.1 GHz
  • GPU: Improved AMD GCN, 36 CUs at 911 MHz (possibly built on Polaris10 Ellesmere?)
  • Memory: 8 GB GDDR5, 218 GB/s

Giant Bomb goes on to say that NEO will not replace the PS4, but compliment it, and every game released after October 2016 will need to have two versions: a "Base Mode" that supports regular PlayStation 4's, and "NEO mode" which leverages the new console. Devs will also be able to upscale their 1080p games to 4K UHD, but Sony has set strict guidelines to ensure that 4K upscaled games match the exact FPS found in the original game. Devs cannot make NEO exclusive games, nor offer NEO exclusive features.

Outside of the enhanced specs, the NEO will act just like a normal PlayStation 4. It will connect to the same PlayStation Store, and users can migrate their PSN accounts over to retain all their purchased content and PS Plus games. A release date wasn't mentioned in the leak, but the publication suggests the PS4 NEO will be $399.


Derek joined the TweakTown team in 2015 and has since reviewed and played 1000s of hours of new games. Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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