Time to go Pro, bro.Sony Computer Entertainment’s CEO and President, Andrew House, revealed the PS4 Slim and the PS4 Pro to the public at the PlayStation Meeting presentation and livestream today. While the Slim had very little revealed (since it’s basically just a sleeker, faster baseline PS4 that got leaked to the public before the event), the Pro (formerly known as the Neo) was given the lion’s share of the presentation with a number of speakers singing the system’s praises. Mark Cerny, the PS4’s main architect, demonstrated the system’s capabilities and features via a number of gameplay videos and trailers from released and upcoming games such as Uncharted 4 and the Insomniac Spider-Man game, among others. These features include 4K and HDR resolution format compatibility, an AMD Jaguar CPU, an AMD Radeon graphics engine, and a 1 terabyte hard drive. Cerny and the other speakers emphasized the Pro’s graphical fidelity and the ability for developers to patch their older games rather than spend resources on making totally new discs or downloads. Every currently-existing PS4 will also be receiving a firmware update to make them HDR compatible in the near future.
This seems like a great option for people who already have 4K TV sets or HDR-compatible TVs and monitors, but it seems like a bit of a stretch to expect the average consumer to upgrade to this. Given that they hyped up 4K and HDR so much, though, it might not be for that market. We’ll find out for sure on November 10, 2016, when the PS4 Pro drops at a price of $399.99 USD.