People suspected that there was a new console in the works from Sony after rumours of a PlayStation Neo emerged online, and as it was made official its name was confirmed as PS4 Pro. Sony revealed the new console at their PlayStation Meeting in New York City yesterday. After much speculation, they clarified what the console could do and when fans can expect to see it.
Size, weight and shape
The slanted body returns for the Pro and the body consists of three layers of blocks, something Sony claims symbolises "the powerful presence of the PS4 Pro and its solid feel" and produces a look somewhat reminscent of the original PS2. The logo is on the top with a mirrored finish.
In terms of dimensions the console is 295×55×327 mm (width × height × length) and weighs 3.3 kg. This makes it a bit bigger than the original PlayStation 4.
Processing power, CPU and GPU
The main processor for the Pro is a single-chip custom processor and in terms of CPU it actually has the same as the Slim, the other console Sony revealed on the night, being x86-64 AMD "Jaguar" with 8 cores. Though it's worth mentioning that the Pro's CPU is faster than PS4's. Sony does however not want to specify how much faster.
The Pro's GPU is significantly better than the original, having 4.20 teraflops with an AMD Radeon based graphics engine. This is improved, but still weaker than what Project Scorpio promises.
In terms of memory the PS4 Pro has GDDR5 8GB.
What will come as a relief to many who struggled with WiFi on the PS4 is that the Pro will support both 2 GHz and 5 GHz, the latter of which the original PS4 did not support (although the Xbox One and Xbox One S did).
When Sony were talking about the PS4 Pro they were keen to emphasise High Dynamic Range (HDR) content, but that wasn't just localised to the Pro. Andrew House said the original PS4 will get a firmware update next week making it HDR compatible as well as the Pro and the Slim. Sony will, as the Xbox One S support the HDR10 format, not Dolby Vision. HDR promises to reproduce striking colours in an effort to make things look as the human eye would see the world.
4K but not 4K Blu-rays
Andrew House was also proud to boast the fact that the Pro will support 4K content from Netflix and specific YouTube channels but he neglected to mention that it won't support 4K Blu-rays. Reliable sources say that this probably can't be fixed in future updates too, however this remains to be seen.
4K gaming is also possible with the Pro, producing faster and more stable frame-rates with that. That's not to say there aren't benefits if you've got a 1080p display.
The interface of the Pro will be the same as the rest of the PS4 community and the same online community is shared between all versions of the PS4 as well, including network services and multiplayer gaming.
Sony were keen to announce that many games will look and run better on this new console, including Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, For Honor , Horizon: Zero Dawn, Days Gone, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, Spider-Man and Watch Dogs 2. There was no mention of potential PS4 Pro exclusives.
Since the announcement there have been details of a lot more games planning to use the upgraded capabilities of the PS4 Pro, including Days Gone and The Elder Scrolls Online with Bethesda revealing that a free update will make the game compatible with the new console, even showing off a trailer too. In fact, a number of released titles are becoming 'forward compatible' in the same way, updating to become suited for the new console. These include Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Infamous: First Light, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, The Last of Us: Remastered, The Witness and Paragon.
A lot of the focus is obviously on unreleased titles that will come out closer to the PS4 Pro's own release. Those that have been confirmed as supporting the Pro are Battlefield 1, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, Dishonored 2, PS VR game Farpoint, FIFA 17, Final Fantasy XV, Ghost Recon: Wildlands, Killing Floor 2, Mass Effect: Andromeda, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Steep, Titanfall 2 and Skyrim Special Edition.
Forward compatibility and interoperability
PlayStation 4 Pro will also feature interoperability, meaning that game purchases on a normal PS4 will carry over to the Pro. Mark Cerny also used the example of Shadow of Mordor to show how one game can be patched (which it will) to take advantage of existing hardware upgrades.
Ports and output
Additional to the two USB ports on the front there is a USB port in the rear for connecting additional devices such as PSVR. An AUX port is also on the console.
HDMI output is supported, including HDR and 4K, as is a digital out (optical) port.
Hard disk drive capacity
The PS4 Pro has 1TB HDD for more games, demos and downloads.
Like the Slim, the Pro's operating temperature ranges from five to 35 degrees Celsius. That's the recommended range at any rate.
Release and price
The PS4 Pro will come out on November 10 and will cost £349 ($399/€399)
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