Sony today took the wraps off its most powerful console yet, the PlayStation 4 Pro.
The PlayStation 4 Pro is the first console from Sony to offer support for 4K gaming as well as High Dynamic Range (HDR). While Sony hasn’t revealed key details regarding the hardware yet, the PS4 Pro packs a new GPU based on AMD’s new “Polaris” architecture with nearly twice the shading performance of the PS4’s GPU. The PlayStation 4 Pro GPU is rated at 4.20 TFLOPS, which is a significant improvement over the PS4’s 1.84 TFLOPS. Thanks to the more powerful SoC, the PlayStation 4 will be able to deliver a much smoother VR experience when paired with the PlayStation VR headset.
However, most games aren’t expected to run at native 4K resolution on the PS4 Pro. Instead, you can expect resolutions ‘close’ to 4K with most titles, which will still make them look a lot better than 1080p on the PlayStation 4. At launch, PS4 Pro enhancements will be downloadable for games such as Uncharted 4. In the future, Sony expects similar patches for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Horizon: Zero Down, Mass Effect: Andromeda and Days Gone.
Apart from games, you will also be able to enjoy 4K movies and videos on the console, as Sony is working with its partners to offer new apps for the PlayStation 4 Pro. Netflix and YouTube are both said to be currently developing a new 4K-compatible app for the console. However, the new PS4 Pro won’t be able to play 4K Blu-ray discs, only regular Blu-rays and DVDs.
Sony also announced a slimmer and lighter version of the PS4 console, which will still be simply called the PlayStation 4. It is going to go on sale starting September 15 for a retail price of SGD$449 (500GB) and SGD$499 (1TB). Sony claims they have reduced the volume by 30 percent, weight by 16 percent, and power consumption by 28 percent when compared to the older PlayStation 4. In terms of the hardware, the new PS4 slim is identical to the regular model. You still get the same performance and a 500GB hard drive.
The PlayStation 4 Pro on the other hand, launches on November 10th for a suggested retail price of SGD $599 in Singapore. It ships with a bigger 1TB hard drive, which is to be expected from a high-end gaming console.