Sony announces two new PlayStation 4 models, confirming months of rumours.
Today, two new Sony PlayStation models were officially confirmed, dated and priced by the electronics giant. The only drawback is that we’ve already known about these models for months!
The first announcement, nicknamed the PS4 Slim, is much like the last revisions of the PlayStation 3. This new model is simply a smaller, more compact version of the best selling console with no further enhancements.
This will be the standard model of the PlayStation 4 from this point forwards, hence no “slim” in the title. It officially goes on sale with a 500GB hard drive on the 15th of September. It will cost £259 in the UK or $299 in the US.
Unfortunately, whilst this unit was long rumoured, several units had shipped early and several unboxing videos could be seen online in the past few weeks, spoiling Sony’s announcement.
Sony’s other confirmation was for the PlayStation 4 Pro, referred to previously in rumours as the PlayStation 4 Neo.
PlayStation 4 Pro has several enhancements over the original model with 4K or Ultra High Definition gaming in mind. With a faster-running clock speed and a graphics processor that is more than twice the power of the original machine, this enables users to enjoy gaming in resolutions up to four times that of normal HD and will also be of benefit to the upcoming PlayStation VR system.
High Dynamic Range, or HDR for short, is a technique that allows for more realistic images to be generated, closer to what the human eye experiences. This technique has been implemented into the PlayStation Pro further enhancing the gaming experience, but once again this can only be utilised by newer 4K televisions.
As you can see, the PlayStation 4 Pro is aimed at owners of 4K UHD television sets but Sony claim they aren’t necessary as normal HD gamers will also benefit with enhanced graphics and smoother frame rates in games.
According to Sony, there will be no exclusive PlayStation 4 Pro titles. All games will run on the base model PlayStation 4 with higher resolution and graphic support being available to the Pro system if available.
Several big name titles that have already been released, such as Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 4, are currently being reworked to use these new features and patches will be released.
High Dynamic Range will also be implemented into standard PlayStation 4‘s by the way of a firmware upgrade.
Unfortunately, to keep the cost of the Pro unit down, the machine still comes with a standard Blu-ray drive, so you won’t be able to use it to watch the new 4K UHD discs.
The PlayStation 4 Pro with a 1TB drive will arrive on 10th November for £349 in the UK and $399 for the US.