Sony’s PlayStation Meeting featured prices and release dates for both the revision to its current hardware and the beefed up 4K console, new firmware will add HDR support to all PS4 models
Update: A newly redesigned DualShock 4 controller will feature a light on the front of the controller that can be used for functions like the health bar. The controller can now be connected directly to the console as well where as before, plugging it in via USB just provided it with power. A new look for the PS4 camera, vertical stands for the new consoles and a $159 Platinum headset were also announced.
Sony held its much-anticipated PlayStation Meeting today at noon and announced the PlayStation 4 Pro (previously referred to as Neo), the PlayStation 4 slim model and a new feature of next week’s firmware update that will add HDR support to all PS4 models, including the existing launch PS4.
The PlayStation 4 Pro will feature 4K gaming capabilities and will launch on November 10 for $399. Full details of the new PS4 model, which is aimed at high-end gamers and is not meant to replace the current PS4, are below.
The PlayStation 4 slim model (officially just called PlayStation 4) will launch on September 15 for $299. This model will eventually replace the current PS4 model. It features a 500 GB hard drive, is 30 percent lower in volume, is 16 – 25 percent lighter and uses between 28 and 34 percent less power.
Mass Effect Andromeda footage was shown today as running on the PS4 Pro. Sony confirmed that several games–both first and third party–will receive patches to add PS4 Pro mode as well. All models of the PS4 will play all games and downloads, but they may function differently depending on how developers use the new technology.
It was stressed that the Pro is not just for people with 4K TVs and that developers can still use it and the new HDR compatibility to improve the visuals of games even for those using 1080p displays.
New Netflix and YouTube apps that will support 4K streaming are on the way as well.
In other news, Sony announced that a new firmware update will launch next week and bring with it HDR (high dynamic range) support to all models of the PlayStation 4. Support for HDR was added to Xbox One, but only on the new slim model. It’s not clear whether this will be a separate update or if it will be part of the upcoming 4.0 firmware that is currently in closed beta.
For more on PS4 Pro, PS4 slim and HDR support, and everything else regarding PlayStation and gaming in general, keep it locked to SCG.
PlayStation 4 Pro specs:
- Main processor: Custom-chip single 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: 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 temp: 5ºC – 35ºC
- AV Output: HDMI out port (supports 4K/HDR) DIGITAL OUT (OPTICAL) port