Sony's upcoming PlayStation 4 Neo will deliver the same games that are playable on PS4, only at "a higher resolution" and "with an enhanced graphical experience," SIE Worldwide Studios chairman Shawn Layden has told Time.
"With this move towards a high-end PS4, it's not to bifurcate the market. We're not creating haves and have-nots," Layden explained. "There's only going to be one game on sale, and it will play on both [consoles].
"You'll have the same experience, but one will be delivered at a higher resolution, with an enhanced graphical experience, but everything else is going to be exactly as you'd expect."
Layden also confirmed that Microsoft's approach with Scorpio matches up to Sony's plans for Neo.
"We're seeing apparently Microsoft taking a similar course to ours, which is to innovate within the life cycle of the console," he continued. "It's nothing that's ever been done before, so there is no road map to how to do that. Both companies are trying to find the right way to bring that to developers, to bring it to market, to talk about it. But seemingly they're doing similar things to what we want to do, which is to bring more power to developers, to bring more weapons for them to create games with, to create an enhanced experience. Again I think it's good for gaming, so it's good for us."
Layden did, however, play down the importance of having the most technically advanced system on the market, with rumours pointing to around a 40 per cent performance advantage for Scorpio over Neo.
"Is that going to be the end-all, be-all of the gaming experience? No," he said. "I think more than anything else today, we're seeing the power of narrative move the gaming business forward more than ever before."
Layden went on to mention the "tenderness" of God of War and how excited he is to see more of Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding.
Scorpio is set to launch in holiday 2017, with rumours indicating Neo may hit the market earlier. Sony has yet to announce plans.