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