The PlayStation 4.5 release date may have been accidentally leaked by a French distributor. The announcement seemed to confirm that the console will be available later this year.
VideoGamer.com initially reported that the PlayStation 4.5 release date may have been revealed by French video games distributor Innelec Multimedia. Apparently, the console could arrive before October.
The PlayStation 4.5 release date was believed to have been accidentally leaked in a press release for the company's FY16 earnings report. It was stated that an "evolution" of Sony's PS4 console, deemed as "Neo 4K," is set to arrive during the first half of Innelec's current financial year.
The video games distributor's financial year runs from Apr. 2016 to Mar. 2017. This seems to confirm that the PlayStation 4.5 release date will happen between today and the end of September this year.
This fueled speculations that the console will be available this year. It was previously reported that the PlayStation 4.5 will be unveiled at the Tokyo Game Show (TGS) 2016 this September along with the Nintendo NX.
According to Game Rant, Sony will be appearing at E3 2016 next month to discuss its PlayStation VR headset. The publication noted that TGS 2016 would be "a great time to unveil the rumored new hardware."
It is also possible that the PlayStation 4.5 would be revealed at Gamescom 2016. The event is scheduled for Aug. 17 to 21 in Germany.
VideoGamer.com added that Innelec has issued a statement regarding the PlayStation 4.5 release date. The statement was released on afjv.com.
"Innelec denies any official information about the launch of a PS4K Neo," the company said. "It is possible that during the 2016/2017 fiscal developments exist on the current PS4 [but] for the moment we have no information about the nature of them."
PlayStation 4.5 is believed to run on better hardware with a CPU of 8 Jaguar Cores at 2.1 GHz. Its GPU is also said to have an improved AMD GCN, with 36 CUs at 911 MHz. Its 8 GB GDDR5 memory reportedly has a speed of 218 GB/s.