New More Powerful 4k Playstation 4 Pro Will Cost $399
As expected, Sony today unveiled its new, more powerful PlayStation console, which is called PlayStation 4 Pro. It will launch on November 10, 2016 and cost $399/£349.
The console will compliment the standard PS4 and sit alongside it. The name was picked to show that it is part at the current version of the console aimed at the higher-end gamers, as opposed to entirely new architecture.
During the PlayStation Meeting event, Andrew House discussed Sony’s decision to pursue 4K and HDR, which he said are “natural” paths of progression for visuals. He went on to introduce lead architect Mark Cerny, who said Sony’s vision is to “take the PS4 experience to extraordinary new levels.”
“Our goal is to deliver high-fidelity graphical experiences,” he added. “We aim to provide developers with tools to further their visions.”
Among the hardware upgrades in the PS4 Pro are a 1TB hard drive, doubled GPU power and technology adapted from AMD Polaris graphical architecture. These allow the PS4 Pro to reach resolutions “not thought possible on consoles.” Additionally, the CPU clockspeed has also been boosted.
Cerny went on to show off a number of games running on PS4 Pro. These were shown to attendees on a 4K capable display. The games included Marvel and Insomniac Games’ Spider-Man, Ubisoft’s For Honor, and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. Cerny described the new resolution capabilities of the PS4 Pro and its impact on games as “transformative.”
He went on to talk about HDR, with Sony Bend’s Days Gone used to show how it can represent “a level of photorealism that you’ve never experienced in a game.” Cerny said Sony doesn’t expect developers to support HDR.