If you're a gamer that keeps an ear to the ground, the news of revamped flagship consoles for both Sony's Playstation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox One won't surprise you. While previous sources have claimed that new consoles are coming, none of them have given any idea as to when we could actually see these consoles. Now, some semblance of timing may available to us all.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Sony's revamped Playstation 4 will be announced and perhaps launched before its own VR headset sees a release. The publication says it has its own sources that affirm Sony's push to get a new console out that would improve, but not replace, its current flagship console. Given that Sony intends to release the Playstation VR later this year, and assuming the report is accurate, the "PS4.5" could release as early this fall.
You might ask: why do we need refreshed consoles? Because neither the Xbox One or the PS4 can handle VR or 4K as intended. Just look at what the re-mastered Gears of War: Ultimate Edition requires for "ideal" play on PC - the current PS4 and Xbox One consoles are too underpowered to even try to offer that kind of detail no matter how much optimization gets thrown their way. Sony's refresh of the PS4 will allow its own VR headset to offer a satisfying experience for those wishing to immerse themselves in their fantasy worlds.
Those eager to hear more details about these consoles will have to wait for this year's E3, where the WSJ reports that we could in-fact see these consoles revealed.