Sony planning more graphic-intense PlayStation ahead of VR release: Report

Sony is like Oculus: It wants VR to run smooth straight out the box.

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Sony is planning a new PlayStation for more graphic-intense games, according to the Wall Street Journal, ahead of the company's VR headset release in the second half of the year.

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The console will be completely separate from the PlayStation 4 that has sold roughly 36 million units worldwide. The upgraded PlayStation's advanced graphics and power would still take advantage of similar software to the PlayStation 4, according to the report.

A new console this soon after the PlayStation 4 would be a big step for the video game industry, which is often stuck in five to seven year console cycles.

Kotaku previously reported the upgrade will bring high-end 4k resolution. The release is expected before the PlayStation VR headset in October for $399.

The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive use high-end PCs for power, giving Sony a reason to need an enhanced console. The PS4's price dropped from $400 to $350 in 2015. It's not clear if the new PlayStation will take the $400 spot or cost more.

The founder of the Oculus Rift, Palmer Luckey, discussed how important a smooth launch of the new VR headset is in an interview with Wired over the weekend. Luckey, considered a VR visionary, spends hours a day opening unopened Rifts envisioning himself as a new customer.

The Oculus Rift, set to be big competition for Sony, began shipping on Monday for $599.

We have reached out to Sony for comment.

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