Sony announced the PS4 Pro today, which will support 4K imaging. The new model will be available on November 10, 2016 across Japan, North America and Europe for $399. Sony stated that the PS4 Pro will be a complement to the standard PS4, including the slimmer and lighter models that was also announced today, so an upgrade won’t be necessary if you’re worried about game-support.
The PS4 Pro will offer improved performance, improved capability of the system architecture including the CPU and GPU. PS4 Pro allows games to deliver graphics with far more detail, and users with 4K TVs will be able to enjoy all PS4 titles in higher quality. This includes 4K quality when available, and faster or more stable frame rates. In addition, PS4 Pro supports 4K video playback to deliver 4K streaming video services such as Netflix and YouTube. It won’t play 4K Blu-ray discs, unlike the Xbox One S.
If you don’t have a 4K TV or monitor, you will still be able to enjoy the enhanced gameplay experiences on PS4 Pro, as the system delivers 1080p resolution for all PS4 games and higher or more stable frame rates for some supported titles. The PS4 Pro will support HDR imaging technology as well, which enables the reproduction of brightness and darkness while realizing a much wider range of colors. Users who own an HDR-compatible TV will be able to enjoy supported games and other entertainment content with visuals that are more realistic than users that have a standard HDTV.
“Today marks an exciting new milestone for PlayStation as we unveiled the high-end PS4 Pro in the midst of the console lifecycle, catering to gamers who are looking for a heightened PS4 experience,” said Andrew House, President and Global CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment. “By accelerating the innovation cadence at PlayStation, we’re introducing choice in the marketplace, enabling gamers to choose the PS4 model that meets their needs. Ultimately, with titles that leverage the potential of PS4 Pro – plus PlayStation VR launching soon – all PS4 owners continue to benefit from having the best place to play.”
The form factor of the new system inherits the slanted body design of the previous models and the body design consists of three layers of blocks, symbolizing the powerful presence of the PS4 Pro and its solid feel, with mirror finished PlayStation family mark emblazoned at the center of its top surface. PS4 Pro also comes with an additional USB port in the rear in addition to two USB ports in the front for connecting additional devices including the PlayStation VR virtual reality system.
The hard disk drive capacity of the PS4 Pro is 1TB, Sony stated that this is to accommodate more games, demos, download contents and favorite gameplay videos. Every PS4 game title, including those already available and those launching in the future, will run on all PS4 including PS4 Pro. Furthermore, all the PS4 system employs the same user interface and shares the same online community for multiplayer gaming and network services.
The PS4 Pro is sure to be a best-seller this holiday, you can pre-order yours and find more information here on Amazon.com.
Sony also introduced the new peripherals that will be compatible with the new line, including a new DualShock 4 controller. There will also be a new PlayStation camera, as well as a vertical stand specifically designed for the new slimmer PS4 and the PlayStation 4 Pro systems. SIE will also introduce the Platinum Wireless Headset this holiday.
The new Wireless Controller for PS4 allows the light from the light bar to emit on the touch pad, making a new luminous line in the same color as that of the light bar. This provides gamers with visual information, such as which character they control or health status, at a glance for more intuitive gameplay. Furthermore, the new controller supports USB communication, in addition to the currently available Bluetooth communication. The PlayStation Camera will be the same as the first generation, including offering PlayStation VR, but it will feature a new compact form. The PS Camera includes a stand allowing users to easily adjust the angle of the PS Camera and set it up in their preferred location, such as on top of their TV or entertainment center.
Finally the Platinum Wireless Headset will offer 7.1 virtual surround sound powered by SIE’s proprietary 3D audio technology. Select PS4 games supporting 3D audio for the headset will deliver surround sound from all directions, including above and below you. The new premium headset also features multi-position, hidden noise-cancelling microphones for clearer chat and is also compatible with PS VR and mobile devices using an included 3.5mm audio cable.