Yesterday Sony released the new addition to the PlayStation family, the PS4 Pro. The new console will launch on November 10th at a price of around $399/£349. The new PlayStation is aimed at the hardcore gamers or those that are used to a higher standard of graphics from PC. The console is simply an upgraded PlayStation 4 and not a new architecture and therefore is not a new generation.
The upgrades include a 1TB hard drive, doubled GPU power and technology adapted from the AMD Polaris graphical architecture. The CPU clockspeed has also been overclocked. With these upgrades the PS4 will reach resolutions “not thought possible on consoles”. Sadly the new console will not include a 4K Blu-ray player, unlike the Xbox One S. Sony have also announced PS Now and a new DualShock controller which will be compatible with the PS4 Pro.
— PlayStation Europe (@PlayStationEU) 7 September 2016
At the PlayStation Meeting event, Mark Cerny, lead architect, said Sony’s vision is to “take the PS4 experience to extraordinary new levels.” “We aim to provide developers with the tools to further their visions” he added. We will soon see if the PS4 Pro will live up to the expectations laid out before us by Sony.
Downloads and discs will not change and will still work on both models of PS4, however, they will play in different ways. Sony has requested its publishing partners to consider ways to best use the PS4 Pro on both standard HDTVs and 4K. Sony announced the new console in June although they refused to share more details on the specs, price or release date. The full specs have now been released below:
- Main processor: Custom-chip single Processor
- CPU: x86-64 AMD “Jaguar,” 8 cores
- GPU: 4.20 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon™ based graphics engine
- Memory: GDDR5 8GB
- Storage size: 1TB
- External dimensions: Approx. 295×55×327 mm (width × height × length) (excludes largest projection)
- Mass: Approx. 3.3 kg
- BD/DVD Drive: BD × 6 CAV, DVD × 8 CAV
- Input/Output: Super-Speed USB (USB 3.1 Gen.1) port × 3, AUX port × 1
- Networking: Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)×1, IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth® 4.0 (LE)
- Power: AC 100V, 50/60Hz
- Power consumption: Max. 310W
- Operating temp: 5ºC – 35ºC
- AV Output: HDMI out port (supports 4K/HDR) DIGITAL OUT (OPTICAL) port
Let us know if you’ll be upgrading to the new PS4 Pro and if you already have the current PS4 model. We’ll release another article when the console comes out to if it lives up to the hype.