Sony Unveils PS4 Pro with 2x Faster Polaris GPU, 4K/HDR Support, & Forward Compatibility
After months of speculation and reports, Sony finally unveiled PlayStation 4 Pro–previously codenamed Neo–at today’s PlayStation Meeting event in New York. According to the company, the PS4 Pro aims to deliver “high-fidelity experiences,” with 4K resolutions and high dynamic range (HDR).
As expected, the next-gen Pro system sports an upgraded CPU, higher clock rate, 2x faster AMD Polaris GPU tech, and greater memory bandwidth than its predecessors. PS4 lead architect Mark Cerny confirmed that all Pro consoles will ship with a 1TB hard drive which should be enough to accommodate consumers’ growing preference for digital software.
In addition to this, aligning with rumors that PS4 and PS4 Pro would co-exist, the latter is optimized to run all older PS4 games–a technology to which Cerny refers to as “forward compatibility.” To display these games at high-fidelity however, Sony would use a mix of boosted core resolution and anti-aliasing techniques which means you many not experience a true, full boost to 4K resolution on the newer hardware.
Although Sony did confirm that Pro will receive an updated, 4K-compatible Netflix and YouTube apps, as well as HDR content streaming.
Sony has not designed PS4 Pro with “brute force” power that would drive costs up, Cerny explained. Instead, they followed an algorithmic approach “to take the PS4 experience to extraordinary new levels.”
He also revealed that the company would roll out a software upgrade to enable HDR on all editions of the PS4. HDR takes advantage of a greater range of contrast levels between black and white, offering a much larger number of colours and more detailed pictures.
PS4 Pro is set to launch on November 10 for $399.