Sony Computer Entertainment senior vice president Masayasu Ito recently spoke with Japanese gaming publication 4Gamer about the company’s plans for offering a high-performance PlayStation 4 (and translated via DualShockers).
The PS4 uses X86 architecture, meaning that performance improvements theoretically could be made, according to Ito. The PS3, conversely, used Cell architecture, rendering future improvements impossible. Ito clarified that Sony does not have any immediate plans to pursue an upgraded PlayStation 4, however.
There isn’t much precedent for this kind of console revamp, with the possible exception of the release of the New Nintendo 3DS. If nothing else, the re-release of that handheld offered a fair amount of confusion to anyone who wasn’t following Nintendo console news extremely closely. In any case, the PS4 is experiencing pretty good sales right now, and splitting the audience for the console doesn’t offer the company a lot of value.
Whether or not Sony ends up releasing a New PlayStation 4, or…PlayStation 4.1, or whatever they might end up calling it, it will inevitably frustrate gamers who bought the original. Unless they offer a trade-in program of some kind, a lot of people will be annoyed.