Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro 4K gaming console launched today
Stephan Jukic – November 10, 2016
It’s a major day for Sony and especially for its consumer gaming electronics department thanks to today’s launch of the new PlayStation 4 Pro, finally! However the news of this may have gotten a bit lost amidst all the mass coverage of the 2016 Donald Trump presidential victory.
In any case, as was speculated up on and later promised months and weeks ago, Sony launched their PlayStation 4 Pro 4K-capable HDR gaming console today to fans of the Sony platform waiting to finally give the new device a spin and see if it lives up to its hype. The new $400 dollar console offers native 4K gaming capacity, supports high dynamic range in games and comes with heavily beefed up performance specs from those of the original PlayStation 4.
Sony will of course continue to sell the old PS4 and the company has also promised that virtually all of their games will be cross-compatible with both consoles without a problem but the release of the new console also does represent for Sony a new move in the direction of a different model of console releases, which will be more frequent and depend more on mid-generation hardware updates instead of complete revamps followed by the release of an entirely new platform every several years.
According to Mark Cerny, system designer at Sony on this very subject of mid-generation change, “PS4 Pro is not the start of a new generation, nor is it a console that is going to blur the lines between generations,”
Sony Interactive Entertainment president Shawn Layden also had a few words to say on the release of the PS4 Pro in a statement earlier today during the console’s launch,
“The launch of PS4 Pro marks the first time ever that PlayStation is introducing an upgraded console in the midst of a platform’s lifecycle. PS4 Pro caters to our fans who embrace innovation and want to enjoy the advancements in visuals made possible by the latest imaging technology. The development community is already taking advantage of the boosted power within PS4 Pro, and we’re eager to see how their creative efforts continue to make PlayStation the best place to play.”
A number of games are being prepared or has even already been released by Sony and its game design partners which come with patches to support the new graphics and processing benefits of the 4K-capable PS4 Pro gaming console. Games patched for the platform will see improvements that range from full native 4K gameplay capacity to improved graphics upscaling over their lower Full HD or other resolutions. Many games will also be given HDR gaming support and the list of patched or ready-made enhanced PS4 Pro games is expected to grow considerably in the coming months. We’ve published a partial list of current or near-term PS4 Pro patched game releases right here.
While we haven’t yet reviewed the PlayStation 4 Pro, everything we’ve heard about it does definitely indicate that this is possibly the most robust and powerful new non-PC gaming platform on the market today and its specs for superior gameplay performance with 4K-like enhancements and high dynamic range do indeed look absolutely stunning, as many gamers and tech watchers have already pointed out. However, for gamers who already own a PS4, upgrading to the 4 Pro might be a bit premature, especially if they don’t own the kind of 4K HDR TV which really makes this console worth going for.
Additionally, the full native 4K gaming chops of the PS4 have been heavily called into question and what we’re seeing so far about the console indicates that at least when it comes to gameplay in native, full 4K ultra HD, frame rates can drop very dramatically. This was to be expected since even with its heavily beefed up specs, the GPU combo of the PS4 Pro comes nowhere near the power of a typical 4K PC gaming graphics card in power.
Sony has also released a tutorial video which demonstrates how to get the best possible use and picture quality from the PS4 Pro and yes, the best benefits from this console will come to owners of 4K UHD TVs, especially of the HDR type, though users of 1080p models can use the platform on their TVs without a problem.
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