PS4 slim & Pro details released


May 4, 2013
Summary from the Sony Playstation Meeting

The PS4 Slim will release on September 15 for £259.

Sony's next generation PS4, the PS4 Pro (aka PS4K/PS4 Neo), will be aimed at more hardcore PlayStation gamers.

The new system has more than double the power of the original PS4's GPU. The CPU clock rate has also been boosted. It also comes with a 1TB HDD as standard. Here are the specs:
  • Product code – CUH-7000 series
  • Manufacturer’s suggested retail price – JP44,980yen, US $399, EU €399, and £349
  • Main processor – Single-chip custom 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 – (read only) – 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 temperature – 5ºC – 35ºC
  • AV output – HDMI™ out port (supports 4K/HDR); DIGITAL OUT (OPTICAL) port

PlayStation Architect Mark Cerny came on stage to discuss in his soothing voice the PS4 Pro’s ability to stream HDR and 4K content, it’s faster processor (AMD Polaris), how it can run games at a reliable 60fps in 1080p all tossed in a case with a 1TB hard drive. It also sports the same user interface currently available on PS4.

By boosting the performance and capability of the system architecture including the CPU and GPU, 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*1 resolution and faster or more stable frame rates. In addition, PS4 Pro supports 4K video playback to deliver 4K streaming video services such as Netflix and YouTube.

HDTV owners will also be able to enjoy the enhanced gameplay experiences on PS4 Pro, as the system delivers 1080p resolution for all PS4 games and higher or more stable frame rates for some supported titles.

All PS4 systems will support HDR with an upcoming firmware update.

A new Netflix app will be available with the PS4 Pro at launch so that subscribers can watch 4K streaming from the content provider. More than 600 shows and movies will be streamable in 4K from Netflix by the end of the year. It will also stream YouTube videos which support 4K.

Games such as Watch Dogs 2, Horizon: Zero Dawn, For Honor, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Spider Man were shown along with environments from Killing Floor 2 all in 4K. He also showed the differences between a game running on a standard gaming system, the firm’s first-party game Days Gone, and one which supports HDR. The Last of Us was also shown to promote how much better the game looks compared to a standard TV when running in HDR on the PS4 Pro.

Still, even if you don’t own an HDR TV, games will still look “upgraded” by boosting the graphics for lower definition displays. Cerny said the PS4 Pro will automatically output to the best resolution possible, and will play the games at the determined setting.

A number of games have been or will be patched to work on PS4 Pro, so there is no need to buy new versions of the PS4 games you already own. For example, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and its pre-order incentive, Modern Warfare Remastered, will support PS4 Pro “out of the box” and Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will be patched to support Pro.

So, that means every PS4 game title, including those already available and those launching in the future, will run on all PS4 including PS4 Pro. Battlefield 1 and FIFA 17 will support the new console, and Mass Effect Andromeda will be released for the console, per EA.

The PS4 Pro will release on November 10 for £349.