Rumours of high-end versions of the current consoles have been swirling for months, and yesterday Sony announced their upgraded version of the PlayStation 4 Pro. In addition, they announced a “slim” version of the current console (simply called the PlayStation 4 Slim), which like earlier slim versions of consoles is mainly a smaller, more energy efficient version of the current PS4.
The PlayStation 4 Pro, formerly called the PlayStation Neo, is a step forward for the console, however. The Pro is optimized for HDR televisions and VR, with 4K support, 60FPS, and a 1TB hard drive. Older games without 4K support will even be able to be output in 4K using the Pro, if the connected television supports it.
As the name would suggest, this is still a PS4, not a PS5. There will not be Pro exclusive games, nor will older games be unable to play on the Pro. It is simply a hardware upgrade to the current system, similar to upgrading a PC. One thing that isn’t being updated, however, is the Blu-ray player. While the Pro will support Blu-ray discs, it will not support the new Ultra 4K Blu-ray discs. It does however support upscaling of any standard Blu-ray or DVD content, and will be able to stream services like Netflix in 4K.
The PlayStation 4 Pro will be available November 10 of this year for a price of $399. The Slim meanwhile will come out next week for a price of $299.
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