Everyone seems to be coming out with bigger and better versions of standard tech these days. The iPad was followed by the iPad Pro, the Samsung Galaxy S6 with the S6 Edge and the S6 Edge+. Even the iPhone has a Plus version. Sony has jumped in to the game with their PS4 Pro. It was announced today to give a graphics boost to the PS4 games and to accompany the multiple versions and accessories of the PS4 coming out this year including the PS4 Slim and the PSVR.
The PS4 Pro, previously known as the PS4 Neo, allows you to play games at a 4K resolution with high dynamic range (HDR). It will ship in November on the 16th, with greater CPU and GPU performance and higher memory and bandwidth than its predecessors. It will cost $399 and ship with a 1 TB hard disk with all its models. That’s why there’s a third wedge attached to it instead of the two on the standard PS4.
Sony’s Mark Cerny announced all this at a Sony Press Conference but didn’t share further details about the specs. He did however show some 4K footage of games for the PS4 Pro including Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Ubisoft’s For Honour and the new Insomniac Spider-Man game. Mark Cerny emphasised that the bulk of the work would be done by the system itself instead of the developers to run high graphics games.
Cerny hinted at core resolution boosting and anti aliasing techniques for games. This may not offer true 4K resolution but just making the games look like they were truly given a boost. Cerny calls this “forward compatibility”. He showed off some third party games like Paragon and Shadow of Mordor to demonstrate boosts for 1080p, standard HD television sets. Sony’s Andrew House added that the PS4 Pro will receive a 4K compatible YouTube app in the future.
The press conference also mentioned an area where 4K really counts, VR. And with the PS VR coming out, the PS4 Pro is more poised than ever to give resolution boosts to virtual worlds that, as a result, can seem more and more immersive.
To add a cherry on top, Activision CTO Andy Hendrickson announced PS4 Pro support for the upcoming Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare and CoD: Modern Warfare remaster. He also announced forward compatibility for the Call Of Duty Black Ops 3 title.
The PS4 Slim has also been announced after months of rumours and speculation. It’s 40% smaller than the standard PS4 and doesn’t feature an optical port. It comes out on September 15th for $300.
With all this happening for Sony, Microsoft has also promised to fire back with it’s own mysterious project called Scorpio. It is rumoured to be a high end console featuring 4K capability, HDR and VR. The latter would probably be supported by some aspect of the Microsoft HoloLens and the Holographic Processing Unit.