7 September 2016 - 20:50

Sony Announces PS4 Pro and New Standard Slim PS4

A graphically boosted PS4 Pro and a new standard slimmer PS4 are both on the way.

Sony has announced two new models of the PlayStation 4 at a press event in New York today. Thanks to numerous leaks over the past few months, they came as no surprise, but official confirmation came from Sony CEO Andrew House.

First up is the new standard PS4, which is slimmer and lighter and will now retail for $299, a $50 price drop from the previous standard model. It is both smaller, slimmer and lighter than the existing PS4 models as well as being more power efficient.


On top of that, Sony announced the PlayStation 4 Pro. The PS4 Pro has an upgraded GPU, a boosted clock rate, better interoperability and a 1TB hard drive. The system will support 4K visuals and high dynamic range, as well as better support for virtual reality. It will launch on November 10 at $399.

Basically, the system is a more powerful PS4 to run alongside the existing model with 4K resolution support. The PS4 Pro will have certain advantages on existing HDTV's as well, although specific details were not given.


How does this affect esports? It remains to be seen, but it's possible that higher fidelity visuals could give an advantage to players, such as seeing an enemy in Call of Duty at a further distance that may be more difficult to see on a regular PS4. Since CoD's new home is PS4 for the foreseeable future, this could have an effect on the scene.

Activision came on stage to announce that Infinite Warfare and Modern Warfare Remastered would be supporting PS4 Pro on day one, as well as Black Ops III with a title update. So it appears that existing games will need full-fledged updates to operate on a PS4 Pro.

Will you be picking up the PS4 slim or PS4 Pro? Let us know in the comments below.

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