First it was defending the lack of Backwards Compatibility, next it was defending the pseudo "remakes" of PS2 games on PS4, and now it's the worst defense of all. Defending PS4K, a.k.a. PS4 Neo. This needs to stop.
For the sake of simplicity, this blog will assume that the PS4 Neo is actually happening even if Sony are not talking about it at all. In fact, the very fact that they have said absolutely NOTHING about it is a great indication that it's happening.
Sony is making a really stupid move, and really stupid people are defending said really stupid move.
I've seen lines like "It's for PSVR to have better performance so it's great" and "People who wanted PSVR already were already accepting of the fact that it wasn't as powerful as HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, so having a PS4 Neo hurts no one" and even "If you can't afford one, it won't impact you anyway since PSVR will work with base model PS4s anyway."
All of these comments HAVE to be from young gamers who know next to nothing about gaming history, and/or are really blind defenders of Sony just because it's Sony and they can do no wrong this gen.
PS4 Neo is a bad idea because all incremental, .5 like console updates are historically bad ideas.
The absolute best (or worst depending on how you see it) example of this is the Sega 32X. Do you remember the 32X? I'll provide a link for a more thorough explanation, but I'll summarize as well.
The Sega 32X was a .5 if you will. It was a piece of hardware that attached to a Sega Genesis and it had extra power to boost 16bit games to 32bit games. Pretty much exactly the same concept as the PS4 Neo, only it was an attachment and not an actual console re-release.
The link above has information that should apply to this situation as well, specifically...
"Journalists were similarly concerned about Sega's tactic of selling two similar consoles at different prices and attempting to support both, likening Sega's approach to that of General Motors and segmenting the market for its consoles."
Segmenting the market is the biggest concern of all. It SHOULD matter to all of you, it SHOULD matter (and indications are that it does) to developers.
A PS4 Neo will create development hell. Costs of development will increase as the developers will either have to choose to make only a base PS4 game, or make two versions of one game for what is essentially one general platform.
If developers make two versions of one game, then sales will be affected because the user base will be segmented between those WITH a Neo and those WITHOUT a Neo.
Eventually developers will treat the difference, if they don't already from the start, between PS4 base and PS4 Neo in the same manner as they have treated cross gen development. That is to say they will not develop base PS4 versions any longer because it would be financially stupid to do so. This will have the obvious consequence of forcing consumers into a position of having to buy a PS4 Neo because the base PS4 simply won't be getting the newer games. It's not the base couldn't get the newer games, from a technical standpoint it should be similar to how lower spec'd PCs still get games but underperform compared to higher spec'd PCs. But, why would a developer want to bother with that and come away with less money? Why would a publisher even ALLOW for that at all?
And yet the blind defense of anything Sony does still continues. It's this kind of defense that breeds complacency and arrogance. The same kind of complacency and arrogance that led to Ken Kutaragi's quotes about the PS3. The same kind of complacency and arrogance that plagued the Xbox One's early launch. Do you not understand this?
Stop defending Sony when they make a stupid move. I assure you that calling them out on their B.S. WILL NOT mean Playstation goes away forever. You can help to make the brand better, as evidenced by how MS felt with the launch of Xbox One and the backlash that ensued, by voicing the very correct negative opinions about B.S. moves.
PS Neo is a bad idea. It's a bad idea for PSVR because it will segment that userbase, and it's a bad idea for games in general for the same reason. If Sony wanted a more powerful VR experience, then the thing to do is release a 32X style attachment specifically for the VR device, not a whole new console barely into the PS4's 2nd year.