Rumors have been circulating online over the past few months stating that both Sony and Microsoft plan to release updated versions of their latest home consoles, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. While Microsoft has commented regarding the matter, Sony remains tight-lipped regarding the upgraded PlayStation 4 – apparently known as the PlayStation 4K. However, according to the GameStop Chief Operating Officer who was speaking today at GameStop’s 2016 Investor Day, both upgraded console launches could be coming soon.
Tony Bartel, GameStop COO who was speaking during the companies annual Investor Day stated:
“Although we have not modeled extensive growth for new innovation in this presentation, we are very pleased to see the introduction of technology like virtual reality and rumored new console launches, some of which seem imminent.”
A recent report claimed Sony would release an upgraded version of the PlayStation 4 before October 2016, which would include ultra high-definition graphics, it has also been widely tipped that Nintendo would release the Nintendo NX before the end of 2016 which would make Bartels comments of “imminent” seem perfectly viable. Head of Xbox Division, Phil Spencer speaking out on the matter stated that the company was building towards a future where its games consoles will be upgradeable, allowing the company to keep hardware viable by incrementally increasing its power instead of replacing it with an entirely new device.
E3 2016, taking place at the Convention Center in Los Angeles June 14-16 is shaping up to be one of the biggest events for many years and we expect a lot of big reveals from all three companies during the expo, whether that includes upgraded/new consoles remains to be seen.