The long-rumored, much-anticipated PS4 Neo has been unveiled, with Sony officially christening it the 'PS4 Pro'.
Announced at the 2016 PlayStation Meeting in New York City, the PS4 Pro's design is unimaginative, to say the least, and is essentially a bigger PS4 Slim with an additional slab. It's not going to win any styling awards anytime soon.
But don't judge a book by its cover, right? Unlike the PS4 Slim, the PS4 Pros is an actual technical improvement over the original PS4. Here is everything you need to know:
- The PS4 Pro is powered by the Jaguar CPU found in the standard PS4, but its eight CPU cores have been clocked higher for a significant increase in processing power
- The GPU sees a more substantial boost, offering over double the power of the standard PS4 GPU
- The Pro's more powerful CPU and GPU allow for better support of 4K and HDR visuals
- Every PS4 game, including those of the past and future, will run on all PS4 console variants, including PS4 Pro. However, certain games (e.g. Mass Effect Andromeda) optimized for the Pro will be able to take advantage of its 4K and HDR technology
It must be noted that you will need a 4K HDR TV to see the difference in picture quality and take full advantage of everything the PS4 Pro has to offer. Older HD TVs will still work with the console and all games will look better on them, but just not 4K or HDR better.
The PS4 Pro will also improve the visuals of PS VR games, but it's not mandatory. Interestingly, it doesn't come with a UHD 4K Blu-ray player.
Here are the full specs:
- Product code – CUH-7000 series
- Manufacturer’s suggested retail price – JP44,980yen, US $399, EU €399, and £349
- Main processor – Single-chip custom processor
- CPU: x86-64 AMD “Jaguar”, 8 cores
- GPU: 4.20 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon™ based graphics engine
- Memory – GDDR5 8GB
- Storage size – 1TB
- External dimensions – Approx. 295×55×327 mm (width × height × length) (excludes largest projection)
- Mass – Approx. 3.3 kg
- BD/ DVD drive – (read only) – BD × 6 CAV, DVD × 8 CAV
- Input/ Output – Super-Speed USB (USB 3.1 Gen.1) port × 3; AUX port × 1
- Networking – Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)×1; IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac; Bluetooth® 4.0 (LE)
- Power – AC 100V, 50/60Hz
- Power consumption – Max. 310W
- Operating temperature – 5ºC – 35ºC
- AV output – HDMI™ out port (supports 4K/HDR); DIGITAL OUT (OPTICAL) port
The PS4 Pro releases on November 10, 2016, for $400 in the United States (~$500 in Canada), £350 in the United Kingdom, €400 in the European Union, and ¥44,980 in Japan.
The PS4 Pro will be Sony's answer to the monstrous Xbox One Scorpio. Are you happy with its design, performance, and features?
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