Amazon seems to have accidentally spilled the beans on the upcoming PlayStation 4 Neo, briefly listing the price and release date of the 4K-ready console.
We already knew the PS4 Neo was coming this year, but had no specific timeframe to go on. If Amazon's Spanish arm is right, however, the console will hit the scene on Oct. 13. The retailer also revealed the price of the device, and it's a surprisingly affordable €399.99 (roughly $440 based on conversion rates, although euro prices include tax). Given the top-notch specs we heard about, we were expecting a much heftier price tag.
Amazon likely posted the listing by accident, as it promptly deleted the pricing info. At the time of writing, the listing only shows the Oct. 13 release date, but no additional info.
Nevertheless, the folks over at VG Leaks were quick on their feet and grabbed a screenshot of the original listing, pricing details and all. The fact that Amazon Spain deleted the info shortly after posting it adds even more credibility to the claim. Moreover, the retailer is already selling the existing PS4, so that Oct. 13 release is for another PlayStation console that might as well be the Neo (or perhaps a PS4 Slim?)
The PlayStation 4 Neo is not designed to replace the existing PS4, at least not at this point, but rather to complement it. The PS4 Neo would come as the top-end option, but it would still be tied to the PS4 as it doesn't have its own games. Sony will sell the PS4 Neo and PS4 side by side, so consumers will have more choices.
The higher-end PS4 Neo is expected to offer significant advantages over the current PS4, taking things up a notch in the CPU and GPU departments and enabling users to play games in an upscaled 4K resolution. This means that gamers will be able to get ultra-crisp visuals even without a 4K Ultra HD TV. The upgraded PS4 Neo should also deliver some considerable performance improvements over the regular PS4.
Sony is expected to take the wraps off the PS4 Neo at the Tokyo Game Show 2016 in September, so an October release would make sense. Without any official information from the company, however, nothing's set in stone. As always, it's highly advisable to take leaks and reports with a dose of skepticism.
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