Sony Interactive Entertainment announced the introduction of PlayStation 4 Pro delivering enhanced experiences through improved image processing capability and the support for 4K quality images outputted by graphics rendering or upscaling. Available from November 10th in Japan, North America and Europe, with a suggested retail price of £349 / $399 / €399.
The PS4 Pro also benefits from a performance boost including the CPU and GPU, allowing games to deliver graphics with far more detail and unprecedented visual precision. Users with 4K TVs will able to enjoy all PS4 titles in high quality 4K resolution and faster or more stable frame rates. In addition, the PS4 Pro supports 4K Playback to deliver 4K streaming video services such as Netflix and YouTube.
All PS4 systems will support HRD imaging technology which enables the reproduction of brightness and darkness while realizing much wider range of colours. Users who own an HRD-compatible TV will be able to enjoy supported games and other entertainment content with visuals that are more realistic, strikingly vivid and truer to the way the human eye sees the real world.
Sony also took the time to announce the PS4 Slim alongside the PS4 Pro announcement last week, available from September 15th for £259 / $299 / €299, while the PS4 Pro ships with a whopping 1TB Hard drive, the PS4 Slim will ship with a 500GB hard drive.
The PS4 Slim is about 30% smaller than compared to previous models slashing power consumption by 34% and 28% compared to the very first and current models of the PS4, it’s also shed 25% of its weight.
Both the PS4 Pro and PS4 Slim also get the added bonus of being able to stand vertically however, you’ll need the new Vertical Stand which will set you back an additional £16 / $24 / €19.
With the addition of the vertical stand, Sony also announced some new peripherals, such as a new Wireless Controller, PlayStation Camera and Platinum Wireless Headset.
The new Wireless Controller allows the light from the light bar to emit on the touch pad, making a new luminous line in the same colour as that of the light bar. This provides gamers with visual information, such as which character they control or health status, at a glance for more intuitive gameplay. It also supports USB communication in addition to the currently available Bluethooth communication, allowing users to have control via cable.
The PlayStation Camera’s been redesigned featuring a new compact cylindrical form, including a stand allowing users to easily adjust the angle of the PS Camera and set it up in their preferred location such as on top of their TV or entertainment center. The PS Camera inherits all the existing features of the current model and will set you back £54 / $ 49 / €59.
The Platinum Wireless Headset which will available at £129 / $159 / €179 is a high-end gaming headset that makes games on PS4 come alive with rich and immersive 7.1 virtual surround sound powered by Sony’s proprietary 3D audio technology. Select PS4 games supporting 3D audio for the headset will deliver surround sound from all directions, including above and below you, for more immersive experiences. The new premium headset also features multi-position, hidden noise-cancelling microphones for clearer chat and is also compatible with PS VR and mobile devices using an included 3.5mm audio cable.