PlayStation 4 Pro Announced

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

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PlayStation 4 Pro Feature Image

Sony held a special Press Event today, September 7, 2016, in New York City. During the event the console formerly known as the PlayStation NEO was finally revealed in full detail. For all those who speculated at the release name, we now have the answer, and it is the PlayStation 4 Pro. There were a lot of rumors going around that Sony may pivot from their previous announcements for this device in order to compete directly with Microsoft’s next console, code named Scorpio. That turned out to not be the case.

PlayStation 4 Pro Features

PlayStation 4 Pro Comparison Image

Here is the price comparison between the new model of PlayStation 4, and the PlayStation 4 Pro. And this was possibly the largest surprise of the entire Press Event. The rumors going around started at $499 and went up from there. So to have the new model release at $399 was a bit of a shock. Second on the surprise list is that it will release this year, November 10th. That means that it will still be in the Christmas shopping season, and it will be right around the release of the PS VR.

Other than that, all the rumored aspects of the system proved to be accurate. It does make the PS VR games work better, it is compatible with 4K televisions and HDR televisions. And the developers will be able to patch previous PlayStation 4 games to make better use of the better rendering and lighting. None of this was particularly surprising, especially if you pay attention to the gaming press. But not everyone does follow gaming news that closely, so this may be completely new to them.

Of course, this move may be seen as controversial to some. It may seem like they are taking a more PC or even a more Cell Phone approach with step upgrades. But for now Sony has assured that the games will only look better on the upgraded console. There have been no announcements for games that will be exclusive to the system. And it looks like any optimization for the console will be from the developer’s end, similar to the way gaming works on PC. Let us know in the comments your own reactions to this news. Sony is my normal beat reporting for Operation Rainfall and I’m quite neutral on this one, so I’m interested to hear what our audience thinks.

About William Haderlie

Born in the 1970's, I've been an avid participant for much of video game history. A lifetime of being the sort of supergeek entrenched in the sciences and mathematics has not curbed my appreciation for the artistry of video games, cinema, and especially literature.




  • Mr0303

    I still think that this mid generational upgrade is a bad idea – segregating the player base just for the sake of better graphics for the minority of people who own a 4K TV.

    • Lord Ackercocke

      Agreed. Maybe if it was $100 it wouldn’t be such an issue but fragmenting the userbase def a bad move.

    • Mr0303

      There is no way it could’ve been 100$.

    • Lord Ackercocke

      I know but asking present owners of PS4s to pay an additional $400 is a tad much. Since it’s an upgrade i’d prefer to pay an upgrade price. New purchasers of the Pro should pay the full price.

    • Mr0303

      Ah, I see what you meant. Yeah, I agree. I don’t think that many of the existing users will double dip.

    • Jeremy Barnes

      It’s not really segregating the playerbase. All games work on the original system.

    • Mr0303

      The question is how well and which version will be optimised.

  • DizzyGear

    Why even bother keeping up the pretense with that slim. WIth a price difference of only a 100 bucks most people without a PS4 will go straight for the “pro”.
    Calling it now: Support for the PS4 “Old” wont last long.

    • Mr0303

      That depends. If the Pro doesn’t pick developers may want to focus on the already established 40 million user base.

    • Lord Ackercocke

      Especially RPG developers.

    • Panpopo

      Casual gamers or people that don’t know much about games (like parents buying for their children) may gravitate towards the lower priced model.

      There are now 3 models on the market – all this will do is confuse non-hardcore gamers imo. The whole point of a console is for simplicity and convenience. I wonder if this will turn into another New 3DS situation.

    • Mr0303

      I feel Sony was inspired by the N3DS business model for the Pro. I definitely think that this will introduce confusion at retail.

    • Ibi Salmon

      From what i’ve heard, the PS4 slim is replacing the standard PS4. Starting next week, the ps4 slim will be the “new standard PS4” and PS4 Pro will release about two months later.

    • Panpopo

      Ah, that makes sense. Thanks!

    • Ibi Salmon

      No problem.

    • Jeremy Barnes

      I’m confused. You think Sony is going to go back on their statement that all PS4 games will work on the old PS4?

    • DizzyGear

      Either they go back on their word at some point or they will work on the old PS4 but run at 10 FPS or something like what they pulled with the 3DS