After months of speculation and leaks Sony have taken to the stage in New York and officially revealed the PlayStation 4 Pro. The name is to signify it is the part of the current PlayStation family but for the discerning, high end consumer. The PS4 Pro will launch this November and will cost $399, €399, £349.
Sony were very vague on the hardware specifications, but did say that the GPU power has been doubled, the clock rate for the processor has been increased, and there will be a 1TB hard drive. PlayStation VR games will also get a boost, for example Farpoint has a doubled polygon count on PS4 Pro. However, while the console will focus on 4K content, both in terms of games and media, it does not include an Ultra HD Blu-ray drive.
From photos and official images, we can say that it features two USB ports on the front and one on the rear, alongside HDMI, optical audio, ethernet and an AUX port for the PS Camera.
“PS4 Pro is not meant to blur the lines between console generations,” said Mark Cerny, who continued to talk for a long time about games running in 4K and HDR, the former of which is due to “specialised rendering techniques optimised to the PS4 Pro hardware.” A number of games will be “forward compatible”, meaning the original PS4 games will be patched to include a Pro mode with enhanced graphics and lighting. FIFA 17, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Mass Effect Andromeda, Black Ops 3, and Battlefield 1 will all support PS4 Pro.
[UPDATE] We now know the official specs for PlayStation 4 Pro, which are as follows:
Product name: PlayStation®4 Pro
Color: Jet Black
Product code: CUH-7000 series
MSRP: JP44,980yen, US$399, EU€399, £349.
Main processor: Single-chip custom processor
CPU: x86-64 AMD “Jaguar”, 8 cores
GPU: 4.20 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon™ based graphics engin
Memory: GDDR5 8GB
Storage size: 1TB
External dimensions: Approx. 295×55×327mm (w × h × l)
Mass: Approx. 3.3 kg
BD/ DVD drive (read only):
BD × 6 CAV
DVD × 8 CAV
Super-Speed USB (USB 3.1 Gen.1) port × 3
AUX port × 1
Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)×1
IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth® 4.0 (LE)
AC 100V, 50/60Hz
Consumption: Max. 310W
Operating temperature: 5ºC – 35ºC
HDMI™ out port (supports 4K/HDR)
DIGITAL OUT (OPTICAL) port