After almost a year’s worth of rumours stemming from the Game Developers Conference, to an official reveal at Sony’s PlayStation Meeting, the PS4 Pro is finally available for purchase. Here’s everything you need to know about the most powerful video game console that's currently available.
What is the PS4 Pro?
It is a faster version of the PS4 - this generation’s most popular console. The PS4 Pro has been built with support for gaming at 4K resolution, high dynamic range (HDR), enhanced VR experiences on the PS VR, and of course, higher frame-rates.
PS4 Pro Price
The console will cost what the PS4 was at launch - $399 (approximately Rs. 26,500).
Is the PS4 Pro coming to India?
There’s no clarity as to when the PS4 Pro would hit the shelves. If we were to take a guess, given Sony India’s actions in the past, we’d peg it for a January release at Rs. 39,990. It occupies the $399 price - which is what the PS4 was at launch. This translated to a Rs. 39,990 price. It will be interesting to see if foreign exchange fluctuations result in a higher price though.
PS4 Pro specifications
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: 295×55×327mm
Mass: Approx. 3.3kg
BD/ DVD drive (read only): BD × 6 CAV, DVD × 8 CAV
Input/ Output: 3 x USB 3.1 Gen.1, AUX port × 1
Networking: Ethernet, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0
AV output: HDMI (supports 4K/HDR), digital out port
What are the PS4 Pro launch games?
Sony claims to have over 40 games available with PS4 Pro support at launch with more on the way.
PS4 Pro launch games:
• Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
• Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
• Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered
• Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
• Dishonored 2
• Driveclub VR
• EA Sports FIFA 17
• Hustle Kings
• Infamous First Light
• Infamous Second Son
• Mafia III
• Mantis Burn Racing
• Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
• NBA 2K17
• Neon Chrome
• PlayStation VR Worlds
• Ratchet & Clank
• Rez Infinite
• Rigs Mechanized Combat League
• Rise of the Tomb Raider
• Robinson: The Journey
• Super Stardust Ultra
• The Elder Scrolls Online: Gold Edition
• The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited
• The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition
• The Last of Us Remastered
• The Last of Us: Left Behind
• The Playroom VR
• Titanfall 2
• Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
• Until Dawn: Rush of Blood
• Viking Squad
• Wheels of Aurelia
• World of Tanks
• XCOM 2
This is not all. Many more titles will receive PS4 Pro optimisations before the year is up.
“In addition to the titles listed above, more than 45 games will be optimized for PS4 Pro by the end of the year, including Watch Dogs 2, Killing Floor 2, The Last Guardian, and Final Fantasy XV — with the likes of Nioh, Resident Evil 7 biohazard, and For Honor to follow in early 2017,” writes Sony’s Fred Dutton. “Further to that, all first party software launched in 2017 and beyond, including Gravity Rush 2, Horizon Zero Dawn, Days Gone, and Gran Turismo Sport, will enjoy the benefits of the world’s most powerful console.”
Does the PS4 Pro make the PS4 obsolete?
No. This is something Sony has been adamant about even before announcing the PS4 Pro officially.
In conversation with Gameswelt TV, Shuhei Yoshida, President of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios insisted that your PS4 will not be obsolete when its beefier iterative variant hits the shelves.
"PS4 is PS4, new high-end PS4 [PS4 Pro] is still PS4, so you know the life-cycle is not going to be shorter," Yoshida said.
This should come as a relief for many an existing PS4 owner and those still looking to buy the 'regular' PS4, what with Sony having a wealth of bundles available. It's also a smart move considering over 40 million PS4s have been sold, so the last thing Sony wants to do is anger existing users.
Does the PS4 Pro play 4K Blu-ray?
Unlike the Xbox One S, it does not. Sony claims that this is because the PS4 Pro is “primarily for gaming.” Streaming services like Netflix work at 4K though.
It’s an odd state of affairs for Sony. The company is championing some of the latest advancements in tech such as VR, HDR, and Ultra HD/ 4K resolution. At the same time, it’s cordoning off some of these from the physical format that has, at this point in time, the best user experience.
Nonetheless, if Sony chose the right optical drive, this could be alleviated with a firmware update. Right now, though it’s a perplexing decision from a company that claims to have consumer interests at heart.
What you get when you buy a PS4 Pro
There’s an HDMI cable, a power plug that’s similar to what the original Xbox One (not Xbox One S) used, a Micro-USB cable (not USB Type-C) that many Android smartphones ship with, and Sony’s standard headset which in our experience, you should replace with something more substantial.
There’s a Quick Start Guide, and a leaflet for Horizon Zero Dawn. And in case you were wondering, yes, it does ship with the revamped DualShock 4 controller we’ve seen with the PS4 Slim. The light bar on it has been modified so you can see what colour is emanating from it while playing, without having to tilt it.
Also, you can allow for it to relay button presses via USB connection, making it ideal for games that require split second response times, such as Street Fighter V. The new DualShock 4 works with older PS4s as well.
We’ve been testing the PS4 Pro and our initial impressions should be up soon.
Are you buying the PS4 Pro? Or do you think the PS4 is adequate enough? Let us know via the comments below.