Sony Interactive Entertainment announced today the introduction of the PlayStation 4 Pro!
Delivering enhanced experiences through improved image processing capability and support for 4K quality images [note]Outputted by graphic rendering or up-scaled.[/note], the PS4 Pro will be available on November 10, 2016, in New Zealand at the recommended retail price of $639.95 NZD [note]Prices in New Zealand include GST.[/note].
This marks the first time ever in the history of PlayStation that a higher-end system will be introduced in the middle of the platform’s life-cycle and will look to complement the standard PS4. Joining both the Standard and Pro consoles, will be the Slim, which is a slimmer and lighter model also announced today!
By boosting the performance and capability of the system architecture including the CPU and GPU, the PS4 Pro allows games to deliver graphics with far more detail and unprecedented visual precision.
Users with 4K TVs will be able to enjoy all PS4 titles in higher quality, such as 4K quality resolution and faster or more stable frame rates as the system delivers 1080p resolution for all PS4 games and higher or more stable frame rates for some supported titles. In addition, the PS4 Pro will support 4K video playback through streaming services such as Netflix and YouTube.
Looking ahead to the future of imaging technology, all PS4 systems will support HDR imaging technology [note]Supported through system software update.[/note], which enables the reproduction of brightness and darkness while realizing a much wider range of colors. Users who own an HDR-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.
“Today marks an exciting new milestone for PlayStation as we unveiled the high-end PS4 Pro in the midst of the console lifecycle, catering to gamers who are looking for a heightened PS4 experience,”
~ Andrew House (President and Global CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment.)
“By accelerating the innovation cadence at PlayStation, we’re introducing choice in the marketplace, enabling gamers to choose the PS4 model that meets their needs. Ultimately, with titles that leverage the potential of PS4 Pro – plus PlayStation VR launching soon – all PS4 owners continue to benefit from having the best place to play.”
The form factor of the new system inherits the slanted body design of the previous models and the body design consists of three layers of blocks, symbolizing the powerful presence of the PS4 Pro and its solid feel, with a mirror finished PlayStation family mark emblazoned at the center of its top surface. The PS4 Pro also comes with an additional USB port in the rear in addition to two USB ports in the front for connecting additional devices including the PlayStation VR virtual reality system.
“As Andy House said, our vision is to present a clear choice to the gamer and we are steadfast in our commitment to being the best place to play. Today’s announcements are a testament of this. With PlayStation 4 Pro, we look forward to introducing our players to our most powerful home console with the offering of the first class 4k and HDR technology.
At 30% reduced size, the new model PS4 Slim offers great value for the gamer and will also join the HDR revolution from next week.”
~ Michael Ephraim (Managing Director for Sony Interactive Entertainment New Zealand)
The hard disk drive capacity of the PS4 Pro is 1TB [note]The hard disk drive contains space that is available for users and space that is reserved for the system, therefore the actual space that is free for users is smaller than the total space stated in the document.[/note] to accommodate more games, demos, download contents and favorite gameplay videos.
Every PS4 game title, including those already available and those launching in the future, will run on all PS4 including PS4 Pro. Furthermore, all the PS4 systems employ the same user interface and share the same online community for multiplayer gaming and network services.