At their PlayStation Meeting event Sony have tonight officially announced the PlayStation 4 Pro, the premium mid-generation upgrade to the PlayStation family, formally known as “Neo”.
PS4 Pro launches November 10th 2016, for a suggested retail price of €399.99/£349.99 and will enhance both existing and forthcoming PS4 games by supporting 4K resolution and High Dynamic Range (HDR) technologies, as well as promising smoother frame rates over the base PlayStation 4 unit. All of this is achieved thanks to a more powerful GPU and faster clocked CPU in the box.
“If you own an HDTV that does not support either 4K or HDR, PS4 Pro still provides a number of benefits. All games will run in 1080p resolution, and some will even run in a higher or more stable framerate. If you’re a gamer that wants to be at the forefront of innovation, PS4 Pro is for you.”
The much-rumoured PS4 Slim, which has now become the standard PlayStation 4 – the 2013 model will be phased out at retail – was also unveiled, that too will do 4K, since that’s actually a software update coming to all PS4 units, and it’s a bit smaller, but apart from that, and the fact it’s missing the optical output for audio, which will cause compatibility issues for certain high end headsets, there’s not a whole bunch to say.
The new design PlayStation 4 will be landing in stores next week, with a suggested retail price of some £100 less than the Pro. A great time to pick up that model, unless you’re particularly hyped about slightly shinier games, I’d say.
Over to you, Microsoft.