Last night’s livestreamed PlayStation Meeting saw Sony officially reveal PlayStation 4 Pro, an upgrade to the standard PlayStation 4 model.
Touted as the company’s most powerful PlayStation console yet, the Pro variant features the same architecture as that of the standard PlayStation 4 model. We’re not jumping into the next generation of consoles and the Pro should be considered as merely the big brother of the standard model.
According to Sony, the “PROfessional” version is aimed at the higher-end gamer who wants to take advantage of the glory that 4K resolution brings. In order to achieve this, the company had to double the current GPU power and boost the clockspeeds of the CPU and memory. This has allowed the PlayStation 4 Pro to reach resolutions “not thought possible on consoles” in 2016.
“Today marks an exciting new milestone for PlayStation as we unveiled the high-end PS4 Pro in the midst of the console lifecycle, catering to gamers who are looking for a heightened PS4 experience,” said Andrew House, President and Global CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment. “By accelerating the innovation cadence at PlayStation, we’re introducing choice in the marketplace, enabling gamers to choose the PS4 model that meets their needs. Ultimately, with titles that leverage the potential of PS4 Pro – plus PlayStation VR launching soon – all PS4 owners continue to benefit from having the best place to play.”
Here is the full official specs-sheet of the PS4 Pro:
- CPU: x86-64 AMD “Jaguar,” 8 cores
- GPU: 4.20 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon™ based graphics engine
- Memory: GDDR5 8GB
- Storage: 1TB
- Dimensions: Approx. 295×55×327 mm (width × height × length)
- Weight: 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
Unfortunately for the consumer-base, Sony’s console upgrade appears to be releasing without a 4K Blu-ray drive. While owners will be able to stream 4K content through dedicated apps such as Netflix and YouTube, the ability to play your Ultra HD movies has been taken away for some odd reason.
Sony confirmed that there will be no exclusive releases for the PS4 Pro, each game/disc will be compatible with both models. Currently, developers of “over a half-dozen Sony titles” are working on patches to take advantage of the new hardware.
PlayStation 4 Pro is scheduled to launch on November 10 worldwide and will cost $400/£350.
In addition to the new console from Sony, the PlayStation 4 Slim was finally made official last night. The slimmer variant of the standard console is scheduled to arrive in “most markets” on September 15 for $300. According to the company, its size has been reduced by 30 percent.