The New PlayStation 4 Pro Revealed
So it’s been quite a few months since we first heard of a boosted PS4 system, that too from Sony itself during June before E3 2016. But after the announcement of Xbox One S and Project Scorpio, Sony had gone silent about it. But as assumed, they revealed their new boosted PlayStation 4 Pro today at the Live PlayStation 4 event held at New York.
According to Sony, the new PS4 Pro is aimed at the high-level gamers just like Microsoft is promising their fans with the Project Scorpio. During the Event, Sony’s President and Group CEO Andrew House promised that the main focus for PS4 Pro will be 4K and HDR. Mark Cerny, lead architect expressed his views on PS4 Pro. “Our goal is to deliver high-fidelity graphical experiences,” he added. “We aim to provide developers with tools to further their visions.” Watch the complete meeting here:
Cerny then displayed a number of gameclips on 4K display from the upcoming Spider Man and For Honor. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided was also shown in 4K resolution. Along with this, a number of HDR clips were also shown at the event including Day’s Gone, Infamous: Last Light, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor and Horizon Zero Dawn. Cerny further described the new Pro’s visual fidelity as “transformative”.
Unlike Microsoft’s Xbox One S, the PS4 Pro is not only for those who use 4K and HDR TVs, it will suit perfectly on standard 1080p TVs too. The console can realize the resolution of our TV and can adjust automatically and developers can develop their games accordingly. And for the standard HDTV, the extra power can be obtained to add some visual tweaks.
The PS4 pro will not provide 4K BluRay Player which the Xbox One S offer. GPU is doubled here, with AMD Polaris graphical architecture and as per Sony this allows the Pro to reach resolutions “not thought possible on consoles” in 2016. It also comes with 1TB HDD. Below you can find the complete PS4 Pro specs.
The double-decked PS4 is now tripled. The original PS4 had a division of matte and gloss finish in the exterior but the Pro features no divisions and is coated fully with matte-finish. It does make the console a plain look but the matte-finish prevents the scratches mostly. A blue faded light indicates the power on the console… in the first deck?
The Pro sits aside the original PlayStation 4 and supports all the accessories and discs. But the PS4 discs needs to download a patch before it can be played on the PS4 Pro. This patch provides HDR and 4K compatibility for those games and also determines what further boosts can be given to the game for standard 1080p TVs.
Many developers appeared on the stage concluding their games’ effect on the new Pro. First came Activision with their new Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Moder Warfare 4 Remastered and promised that they would work with the PS4 Pro. Black Ops 3 will also be receiving an update for the Pro. EA also appeared alongside Activison, stating that their upcoming Battlefield 1, FIFA 17 and Mass Effect: Andromeda will also be supporting the new console. Youtube and Netflix will provide two new apps for 4K and HDR streaming.
And the most important feature is that the original PS4 will also support HDR and 4K functionality, with a patch.
Pricing and release
The PlayStation 4 Pro is set at a price range of $399 exactly the price for the original PS4 at the launch date. It is set to release on November 10, 2016. They may bundle a game along with the console, but looking at the original PS4 at launch, there weren’t any games bundled. But due to high-demand for bundled games from the rivals these days, they may bundle any game(s) with it. Also, the PlayStation VR is set to launch on October 13, 2016 about a month before the release of Pro, but it too cost $399 extra. Want next level gaming? Then prepare to clear all your pockets..
Comparing with Xbox One S, which presumably is the rival to the PS4 Pro does level up in some aspects. First of all, the Xbox One has 4K BluRay Player and Microsoft made it as cheap as possible. You can pick up a new Xbox One S for $299 with 500GB storage today but PS4 Pro is asking $100 more. Three years back, Xbox One asked the same and which is one of the factors for Xbox One’s fall (ah! the memories). Also the $399 is for 1TB, but Xbox One S offered 2TB with a free vertical stand for the same price.
But what defeats Xbox One S is that PS4 Pro supports 4K too and as Sony said, ‘the most powerful system’ in 2016. Okay! So let’s take a look at 2016. Already 8 months have passed this year and Sony doesn’t seem to release another powerful console next year as it has already included the 4K support. But the Xbox Scorpio, which has a one-year gap for its release from the Pro, will feature 4K support with 43% more power than the Pro. So at that time PS4 Pro may get out-powered by Scorpio unless they release another console to tear our pockets. The detailed analysis of PS4 Pro vs Xbox: Project Scorpio will be published soon (don’t forget to bookmark Gamer Prompt on your browser).
Another advantage for Sony is that all PS4 models support HDR and 4K but on the other side Xbox One S is the only console which supports HDR followed by the upcoming Project Scorpio.