Sony just held a PlayStation Meeting to announce two new PlayStation 4 units.
The first unit reveal was PlayStation 4 Slim, which was already leaked earlier this month. The unit will release to shelves officially later this month, September 15. The unit is smaller, more power efficient, and has a new design. The unit will cost $299.
— PlayStation Europe (@PlayStationEU) September 7, 2016
Of course the highlight of the event was the reveal of PS4 Pro, which has been previously known as PS4 Neo or PS4.5. Sony came out strong in support of 4K and HDR gaming by explaining the differences before revealing their new unit.
The unit is launching November 10th and will cost $399.
Without explaining actual details of the hardware itself Sony mentioned that the unit will include double GPU power, 4K resolution, boosted clock rate, and a larger HDD (1TB) compared to standard units. Sony again confirmed that the unit will not be replacing current PS4 units and will instead run alongside current units, and the slim. Sony mentioned that they are asking developers to create experiences for both units.
(Official system specs are being released soon, we will update the post when they are released)
Also mentioned was the fact that PS4 Pro isn’t all about resolution. The unit can recognize TV units and if the unit is not 4K the Pro can adjust the power for better textures and output in HDR resolutions. Sony then showcased how developers can utilize the power to add textures or additional objects into gameplay.
Sony also announced a “play forward” program where currently released games can get a patch to better take advantage of PS4 Pro. Currently over a “half a dozen” first party games are getting patches, with “several third parties” working on patches too. All games will be a single disc that works across all PS4 units.
Also announced was that ALL PS4 units will be getting HDR firmware. Sony noted that all units, even those release back in 2013, will get a firmware patch soon that allows all games to run in HDR. This includes the current models, slim models, and of course Pro.
The following games are all 4K or HDR supported so far:
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Watch Dogs 2
Horizon Zero Dawn
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Remastered
Call of Duty: Black Ops III
Mass Effect Andromeda
Final Fantasy XV
Sony also confirmed a new Netflix app will release with PS4 Pro that allows 4K playback on the unit. Netflix will have over 400 hours of 4K supported content by the end of the year, including new series releases such as Luke Cage.
Youtube will also get a 4K supported app on PS4 Pro that has 4K playback support.
Sony released the official system specs. According to this release the PS4 Pro will not support UHD, 4k Blu-ray discs. All 4K content will have to be streamed.