On September 7th, Sony officially announced the redesigned PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation 4 Pro, an upgraded version of the PS4 with improved hardware, capable of handling 4K graphics and support for high dynamic range (HDR). The new PlayStation 4 has been compressed into a smaller, more energy efficient form factor, making it both slimmer and lighter. It’s roughly 30% smaller, 16% lighter, and uses 28% less power than the original. Even though it’s been shrunk, it still has the processing power to deliver stunning visuals for hours of entertainment.
For those who are looking for more, the PS4 Pro will be able to provide you with detailed, high-resolution visuals, higher or more stable frame rates, and a wider color spectrum than that of the original PS4. It’s important to note that the PS4 Pro is not a next-gen console so you’ll still be able to play your current PS4 games. On a 4K TV, the Pro is capable of handling select games at 3840 x 2160 at up to 60 frames per second, but with a 1080p TV, you’ll still be able to enjoy high-definition gaming with upscaling to 4K. These options will depend on the developers though, as they’re the ones who are choosing how to use the increased processing power of the Pro to deliver a more satisfying gaming experience. Games updated with PS4 Pro support are able to offer higher and consistent frame rates, increased environmental and character model details, and an improved overall visual quality.
The next improvement with the PS4 Pro is HDR support. It’s fully compatible with the HDR10 specification and allows for increased color depth and improved contrast when compared to the Standard Dynamic Range on traditional HDTVs. When playing content on a HDR-enabled display, you’ll experience fuller, richer images that are closer to what the human eye naturally sees - deeper black levels with finer details, brighter highlights, and wider color spectrum. But that’s not even the best part! Sony has announced backwards HDR compatibility with older PS4 systems with a future firmware update so that ALL systems can support HDR. Please note that you will need an HDR-equipped HDTV with the PS4 Pro to experience it at its best.
The redesigned PlayStation 4 will be available September 15th with Uncharted 4. Those interested in the PlayStation 4 Pro will have to wait until November 10th. Sony also offers a PlayStation 4 Platinum Wireless Headset that’s compatible with both consoles, PCs and Macs via a wireless adapter, and mobile devices with a 3.5mm audio cable.