After much anticipation, the rumored PS4 Neo has debuted as the PS4 Pro, sporting a $399.99 price tag. According to Sony, the PS4 Pro is “designed to offer heightened gaming experiences, whether via your existing HDTV or a new 4K TV.” It will launch November 10 in North America and Sony has posted an extensive FAQ hoping to clarify the differences between a standard PS4 and the PS4 Pro.
Essentially serving as a high-end version of the PS4, the PS4 Pro is capable of outputting 4K graphics, HDR support, smoother and more stable framerates and 4K video streaming. Unfortunately it will not come with a built-in 4K Blu-ray player, which is a bit strange considering the more affordable Xbox One S does. All existing PS4 games with be compatible with the upgraded system and developers are able to add PS4 Pro enhancements to previously released PS4 games via a downloadable update if they choose to.
The new console will not require a 4K TV, and Sony claims that the PS4 Pro can still improve your gaming experience on a standard 1080p TV. Unfortunately it will be up to the developers on how they use the increased processing power, but games with PS4 Pro support are able to render higher or more consistent framerates, increased environmental and character model detail, improved overall visual quality and other related visual enhancements. In addition, games that render below native 1080p on the standard PS4 can be elevated to render at full native 1080p.
Although full specs weren’t revealed, the new system does use AMD’s latest “Polaris” architecture. The console will come standard with a 1TB HDD, faster Wi-Fi and a third USB 3.1 Gen.1 port on the rear of the unit.
You can learn more about the PS4 Pro by reading the entire FAQ at the source link below, which Sony promises will be updated over time.
Source: PlayStation Blog