The PlayStation Meeting took place in New York last night and featured the reveal of two new PlayStation 4 consoles – The PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro. Let’s take a look at all the features and details we were shown at the event.
The PS4 Slim is smaller all over, cutting down an inch or two and is almost identical to the previous models on the inside. But the main changes that we like are the power and eject buttons. No more hidden touch sensors to accidentally press. If you’re not planning on upgrading to a 4K setup anytime soon, the new PS4 Slim (officially called the PS4) is the ideal purchase.
The redesigned PS4 will be available in stores starting 16 September 2016 and is priced at $299.99, which is a highly competitive play from their side.
After months of speculation, the PS4 Pro is finally here and it looks amazing. The PS4 Pro is set to launch on November 10 at $399 and comes with a 1 TB HDD. The new three-layered block design looks impressive and features 2 USB slots in the front as well as one in the back for connecting devices like the PlayStation VR Headset.
Performance-wise, Sony talked at length about the PS4 Pro’s power and capabilities, confirming that it will deliver 1080p resolution gaming at stable and high frame-rates. The PS4 Pro is also Sony’s first console that allows you to play games in 4K and HDR. They have stated that all the previous PS4 consoles will also be capable of playing games in HDR via a patch at the end of the month.
Apart from the obvious 4K upscaling of older games, the PS4 Pro also allows supported games to be played in native 4K and can play content from third-party apps like Netflix and Youtube in 4K and HDR. Sony was clear about their plan moving forward that no PS4 will be left behind. All future games will be able to run on older PS4 systems, creating one singular platform for PlayStation console gamers to enjoy.
The technical specifications of the console speak for themselves. The new PS4 Pro is clocked at almost twice the speed of the regular PS4. The rest seem pretty standard and although the console does support 4K for video streaming apps, we learned that Sony has opted to not support Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray discs. This may be a bit disappointing for people looking to completely restructure their home entertainment system around the new PS4 Pro, but only time will tell if Sony plans on fixing this in a future update.