Everything You Need to Know About the Playstation 4 Pro with Specs
Sony Playstation 4 Pro Announced
Today, Sony Interactive Entertainment announced the upcoming Playstation 4 Pro (PS4 Pro) console – previously referred to via the code name “PS4 Neo.” It’s already available for pre-order on Amazon.
The PS4 Pro will be available on November 10, 2016 for $400 USD or $500 CAD.
According to Sony’s press release, the PS4 Pro will support “faster or more stable frame rates,” 4K UHD output via upscaling, and 4K video playback and streaming (with HDR support) from services such as Netflix and YouTube. Normal HDTV users will still be able to use the PS4 Pro for more stable frame rates as well.
The important clarification here, in my opinion, is that they confirmed that all PS4 games (current and future titles) will run on all PS4 versions – the original PS4, PS4 Slim, and the PS4 Pro. This is always a concern when hardware upgrades are made, so it’s comforting to hear that there’s no hard-coded compatibility issues. However, we will likely see a huge performance drop-off with future games on the original PS4. Developers may end up favoring the higher-end console and leaving original PS4 users with poor performance in games.
While all games will work on the PS4 Pro, only some will get 4K upscaling or HDR support. These games are:
- Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
- Killing Floor 2
- Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
- Infamous: First Light
- Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
- The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited
And upcoming games that will have this support include:
- Spider Man
- For Honor
- Watch Dogs 2
- Days Gone
- Farpoint (PSVR)
- Horizon: Zero Dawn
- Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
- Mass Effect Andromeda
- Final Fantasy XV
- Dishonored 2
- Battlefield 1
- Fifa 17
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered
- Rise of the Tomb Raider
Also, somehow through technological voodoo, ALL PS4 users will be given HDR support via an online patch that will rolled out in the upcoming weeks. However, it’s important to note that ONLY the PS4 Pro will support 4K upscaling.
PS4 Pro Specs
- Color: Jet Black
- CPU: x64 AMD “Jaguar” 8-Core
- GPU: AMD Radeon GPU, 4.20 TFLOPS
- RAM: 8GB GDDR5
- Storage: 1TB HDD
- Disk Drive: BluRay/DVD
- I/O: 3x USB 3.1 Gen.1 Ports, 1 “AUX port”
- Networking: Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0
- AV Out: HDMI 2.0 out (supports 4K and HDR), Digital Optical Audio out
This is actually really interesting: The PS4 Pro is potentially more powerful than most budget gaming PCs right now, at a very competitive price. It would be hard to build a cheaper – but still as capable – PC build for just $400. It only upscales games to 4K instead of running them at 4K (much like how last generation only upscaled to 720p/1080p) but it will likely perform very well.
All in all, things are looking good for the PS4 Pro. Competitive specs at a competitive price, with promised compatibility across the full PS4 ecosystem. I can’t give a complete opinion without having my hands on one (anyone ordering a spare?) but I will say that I’m pleasantly surprised with the details of this announcement.
Sony also announced the PS4 Slim for $100 less than the Pro model. But don’t get that one…. It’s basically an externally fancied up console with the same “guts” as a standard PS4. If you are in the market for a new PS4, the Pro is a better bang for your buck than the Slim.
Watch Nic’s PS4 Pro rundown here:
~ Adam // EposVox