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Rumor: Sony working on more powerful PlayStation 4

Sony may be working on an upgrade for the PS4, allowing developers access to improved graphics

According to a Kotaku report, Sony is working on a new, more powerful PlayStation 4. Kotaku sources say the system will include an upgraded GPU to support 4K resolution for games, in addition to offering more processing power for PlayStation VR titles.

There's no word on how Sony would offer such a system to consumers, whether it would be a completely separate purchase or an upgrade to the current PlayStation 4 in some fashion. Kotaku cites multiple anonymous developer sources for its report and notes that Sony reportedly had meetings with developers about the potential hardware at this week's Game Developers Conference.

Kotaku also cites rumors that Microsoft may be planning something similar with the Xbox One. When Microsoft announced its Universal Windows Platform earlier this month, Xbox head Phil Spencer said that the console space could see the continuous hardware evolution that you see on PCs and mobile platforms.

"We see on other platforms whether it be mobile or PC that you get a continuous innovation that you rarely see on console," he said, according to Polygon. "When you look at the console space, I believe we will see more hardware innovation in the console space than we've ever seen. You'll actually see us come out with new hardware capability during a generation allowing the same games to run backward and forward compatible because we have a Universal Windows Application running on top of the Universal Windows Platform that allows us to focus more and more on hardware innovation without invalidating the games that run on that platform."

Sony declined to comment on the report.

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