Sony's 4K PlayStation 4 upgrade has been something of an open mystery since before E3, yet on Wednesday, the company formally unveiled its high-end game console. It's called the PlayStation 4 Pro, and it'll be available on November 10 for $399.
PlayStation 4 Pro Computing Prowess
The PS4 Pro features an upgraded, x86-64 Jaguar AMD CPU with 8 cores, a 4.2-teraflop AMD Radeon GPU, three USB ports, 5 GHz WiFi support and a 1 TB HDD. Sony say's it's twice as fast as the original PS4, and, of course, it's designed specifically for UHD TVs and the PlayStation VR.
PlayStation's Andrew House says the upgrade has been bound to happen.
"Display technology offers so much potential if there is content to leverage what's now possible. With PlayStation 4, we're pretty much maxing out what 1080p TVs can do with most games," he said.
Thus, it was only a matter of time before the company launched a more powerful console. Hence, the PlayStation 4 Pro.
PlayStation 4 Pro is More Than Just a Console
This is a console designed for the kind of 4K resolution and HDR that so-called conventional TVs simply can't display. So, what does a 4K PlayStation 4 game look like? There are a lot of examples, and Sony has also provided numerous games that users could try out that would really revolutionize the approach towards high-definition gaming.
Sony reported that 4K and HDR video content will be available on the upgraded console as well, particularly calling out a partnership with Netflix to develop a 4K streaming app for the PlayStation 4 Pro. As the announcement wrapped things up, House revealed the new PlayStation lineup: a slimmer PS4 for a cool $299, and a thicker, more powerful PlayStation 4 Pro for $399.
That slimmer PS4 will hit stores one week from now, but people with 4K TVs at home will have to wait for all the way until November 10 for the PS4 Pro. Still, that is a lot sooner than Microsoft's Project Scorpio setting its debut. And, no, Microsoft, the Xbox One S isn't the same thing.