Back in August, we brought to you the news that Sony would be announcing their new console in September.
That time has come, and Sony has brought us the PlayStation 4 Pro. As Sony has alluded to for months, the new console will support HDR and 4K. The console will retail for $400 USD, and will be available for purchase on November 10th.
During a hardware event today, lead architect on the project Mark Cerny said that Sony’s goal “is to deliver high-fidelity graphical experiences”. The PlayStation Pro has a 1TB hard drive, a faster CPU, and an upgraded GPU, and (seemingly in an answer to the call from gamers) will be backwards compatible with all PS4 games.
With all its specs, however, the PS4 Pro will not play 4K Blu-Rays, Sony said today. The rest of the specs are as follows:
Some of the games that were shown off on the Pro were: Watch Dogs 2, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, and For Honor, and audience members at the event were wowed at the crispness of the video. Following those demos, developer Activision took the stage to announce that the new Call of Duty: Infinite WarfareCall of Duty: Infinite Warfare—as well as last year’s Black Ops III—will support the PlayStation 4 Pro. Activision was then followed by Aaryn Flynn of Bioware, who demo’d some gameplay footage of Mass Effect: Andromeda, as it will appear on the new console.
Sony also announced that a firmware update, due out next week, would provide HDR support to every current-gen PS4. This refresh to the hardware has been expected since March, when website Kotaku broke the news about the new iteration of the PS4.
With the upcoming release of the PlayStation Pro, and Microsoft working on releasing what they are calling “Project Scorpio” during the 2017 holiday season, this looks to us like the console wars will be heating back up.