Sony launches its PS4 Pro, bringing 4K gaming to the masses
This week Sony Interactive Entertainment America officially launched the long-awaited PlayStation 4 Pro, which has been going by the shorter name; the PS4 Pro. The new platform will enhanced games, allowing titles new and old to look richer and more detailed.
The PS4 Pro offers dynamic 4K gaming and digital 4K entertainment, and it is now available in the United States and Canada at a suggested retail price of USD $399 and CAD $499 respectively. The device is currently be sold in retail stores across the country, and can be found in several bundled options on authorized retail sites like Amazon.com.
Previous titles are available as well as new releases, including Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (Activision), Ratchet & Clank, The Last of Us Remastered, and UNCHARTED 4: A Thief’s End (SIE Worldwide Studios. The PS4 Pro will still play all of your PS4 games, and games moving forward will be available on both platforms as well.
“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,” said Shawn Layden, President of SIEA and Chairman of SIE Worldwide Studios. “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.”
PS4 Pro leverages the latest imaging technology by supporting dynamic 4K quality resolution. The powerful CPU and GPU of PS4 Pro allows developers to create higher-quality games that output dynamic 4K quality graphics with visual precision, or smoother and more stable frame rates. As with all PlayStation 4 systems, PS4 Pro is also compatible with HDR imaging technology that produces more realistic, strikingly vivid visuals that are truer to the way the human eye naturally sees.
The introduction of PS4 Pro, which sits alongside the standard PS4, will provide consumers with more choice. Users can play every PS4 game on both PS4 Pro and the standard PS4, which was recently released in a slimmer and lighter model for $299 (MSRP). PlayStation VR is compatible with both systems, so you don’t have to worry there either.
The PS4 Pro and the standard PS4 will also share the same user interface and have access to the same vibrant online community. Users are able to select their console of choice, based on their needs and preferences.
In addition, Netflix on the PS4 Pro has been updated, enabling Netflix members to stream content such as “Stranger Things,” “Narcos” and “Marvel’s Luke Cage” in 4K. Over 600 hours of 4K content are expected to be available on Netflix by the end of the year. YouTube, already one of the largest sources of 4K content, is also receiving an update to support 4K content on PS4 Pro.
For gamers who own an HDTV that does not support either 4K or HDR, PS4 Pro provides a number of benefits, such as higher or more stable framerates, and enhanced graphics and environments in PS4 Pro enhanced titles.
You can find more information on the bundles being offered through retailers like Amazon.com.