Sony’s PlayStation “Pro” (formerly Neo) 4K HDR gaming console finally here

by on September 7, 2016

Stephan Jukic – September 07, 2016

Sony has finally unveiled its 4K upgrade to the PlayStation 4 console and instead of being called the “Neo” as was believed to be the case for months before today’s formal public reveal, it turns out that the new PS 4K console is known as the “Pro”, or PlayStation 4 Pro to be precise.

The new Pro will be available for sale as of November 10th for a retail price of $399 and has been designed with 4K TVs, 4K graphics and PlayStation VR headset technology firmly in mind.

PlayStation chief at Sony, Andrew House has stated that the new console’s GPU is twice as fast as that of the standard PS4 but beyond this, the executive hasn’t gone into tremendous detail on other upgrades inside the new console. What we do now know is that the new PS 4 Pro is designed to output 4K High Dynamic Range video and also sports a boosted clock rate. Furthermore, the new PS 4 Pro comes with a 1TB hard drive and superior gaming capacity due to its doubled GPU power. More specifically, the new PS4 Pro offers an upgraded x86-64 Jaguar 8-core AMD CPU along with a 4.2 teraflop AMD Radon GPU. It also includes three USB ports, HDMI 2.0a and 5GHz WiFi support.

As Mark Cerny, chief architect behind the PlayStation 4 Pro said, “PS4 Pro is not intended to blur the line between console generations, instead the vision is to take the PS4 experience to extraordinary new levels”.


Whether the enhancements now revealed in the PS4 Pro are exactly “extraordinary” remains to be seen when the first review metrics come out in November or a bit earlier but for now, based on what we’re seeing of its revealed specs, the new console doesn’t doesn’t give the impression of being a serious 4K gaming console in the same sense that some of the newer 4K GPUs for PC gaming at the resolution are.

On the other hand, Cerny showed off 4K gaming footage of actual gameplay in 4K ultra HD on the PS4 Pro, with game sequences being shown from “Spider-Man” and “Deus Ex: Mankind Divided”. These weren’t just clips of staged 4K video running through the PS4 Pro but actual recordings of gaming being done on the console with these games in 4K, according to Cerny. The PS4 Pro architect also explained that the console will work particularly well with games that have been selectively mastered to play particularly robust graphics with the Pro console. These include, titles like “Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare” and “Modern Warfare: Remastered” will be able to give users the benefit of the PS4 Pro’s extra 4K and HDR capabilities right from the day the console goes on sale and titles like “Battlefield 1”, “FIFA 16” and “Mass Effect: Andromeda” will all be upgraded to support HDR and 4K in the PlayStation 4 Pro later in 2016 and early 2017.

the new PlayStation 4 Pro and the new slimmer PS4 release side by side

the new PlayStation 4 Pro and the new slimmer PS4 release side by side

We should also note that, unlike the Xbox One S from Microsoft which was released in August, the new PlayStation 4 Pro will not yet support 4K UHD Blu-ray playback. Instead it will only offer streaming of 4K HDR content from certain streaming apps. Sony has elaborated on this app functionality by saying that they’re working with Netflix in particular for a 4K streaming app which will be customized for the new PlayStation console.

Sony also used today’s event to announce the impending release of a slimmer, more compact version of the regular PlayStation 4. This model will go on sale as of next week and will retail for $299.

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  • WhiteShmoo
    September 7, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    Not 4K UHD Blu-ray playback. That’s bad.


  • Kbone Jackson
    September 7, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    no 4k blu ray = no interest, would’ve gladly paid an extra 100 bucks for the unit had that feature been included.

    seems like a mediocre upgrade from the current ps4, since they are releasing a HDR update for it anyway.

    the only people who should buy this are the ones who still haven’t upgraded from last gen.


  • Cnorth
    September 8, 2016 at 9:54 am

    A complete swing and miss on Sony’s part not to include a 4k player in the PS4 Pro. The Xbox One S does it for $299. Absolutely the worst business decision possible. They’re basically trying to get you to pay $400 for a Roku that plays games! All 4k Tvs already have 4k streaming apps as does stand alone streaming units already on the market that does HDR now and or will with the next release wave coming anytime. The leading manufacturer of 4k Tvs, projectors, UHD discs and a 4k streaming service. They’re all in on the 4k bandwagon but yet refuses to include a player with the premiere product in their 4k lineup that has the potential to give them the majority of the market share and push the 4k format to the next level which woud bring millions of consumers still on the fence to adopt the format exponentially! Not everyone has the internet speed to even push 4k streaming to their homes. Streaming can never match the picture quality of a physical disc. To top it off, they’re adding HDR capabilities to all current PS4’s and to the PS4 Slim disqualifying any need for the more expensive option of the Pro.


  • Bryan Ferreira
    September 8, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    Sony Interactive’s Andrew House says, “It will not be possible to add 4K UHD to PS4 Pro via a firmware update,” so your article might need to be corrected again.


  • David
    September 14, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    How about letting the public know what tv were used to show the capability of the new ps4 pro hdr settings. It means alot to the ones interested in the new console.


    • Stephen
      October 4, 2016 at 12:11 am

      Hi there David we haven’t actually reviewed the PS4 console ourselves yet since it’s not even on sale anywhere but for the testing that Sony demonstrated in NYC at the Sony PlayStation meeting, they used their own X930D or X940D TVs. I think they even did a demo on one of the company’s new ZD9 4K HDR TVs.


  • R. Morton
    October 5, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    No one is leaving any info about the hard drive. If it’s up gradable as the regular ps4. I can already see that access to the hard drive is not the same. The old ps4 has a lid that’s on top. Where is the pro’s access located? Simply because these games are so very big 1T isn’t really enough. I upgraded my old PS4 hard drive and I have so much on there now I won’t be able to transfer it to that small hard drive. For some that may be the difference between getting a pro or not. I know it is for me especially starting out with the price tag and it doesn’t have 4K Blu-ray playback. They may not feel the need to get it if they have to start almost every game over that they own. Besides the fact that 4K TV’s are still way too expensive. I just shelled out $4500 for my new 4K TV And another $250 to upgrade my cables to suitable 4k speeds. Now I have to buy another PS4 with no 4k play back??? “IT MAKES NO SENSE BECAUSE IT’S SONY’S TECH!” How could they not have it in there system day one? It would be so worth it if they did equip the pro with it. Because I could save money if it also doubled as a 4kBlu-Ray player. But no, so I’d have to buy both a PS4 and a separate 4k Blu-ray player. You see how it could start to get very expensive for the consumer? So many ways I feel that Sony missed the mark on this this time. And I’m an big fan that was supportive from the beginning. PS1 Nov. 1995! Yes a life time gamer. But your killing your fan base your consumers buying quantity and not quality. I can see a new console coming out every 3 months for $399 with upgrades slightly better then the last. There’s nothing from keeping those companies from sandbagging us just to draw as much money out as they possibly can. Then we do something like this only for them to throw the PS5 in our faces after about 2 years??? I fear this road we are traveling on and you should too. Because these home systems are not like when cell phones upgrade every 6 months to a year. Each one of those companies have payment plans and trade in’s something you cannot do with your current house hold console. Truly yours.. maybe. R.A.M.


  • Nathaniel
    October 18, 2016 at 1:14 am

    Would a Sony XBR43X800D TV be a good choice for the PS4? Seems to be a favorite for the Xbox one S.


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