The PS4 Pro is finally within reach

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Think of it as a “PS4.5” and you have the right idea of what to expect.

Sony has done amazingly well with their recent PlayStation 4 consoles, selling an estimated 40 million units worldwide to date. The latest iteration of this console comes to us as the “PS4 Pro,” touted as their most powerful console to date. Think of it as a “PS4.5” and you have the right idea of what to expect.

These are the PS4 Pro specs, as officially provided by Sony:

  • Product code – CUH-7000 series
  • 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 – Approx. 295×55×327 mm (width × height × length) (excludes largest projection)
  • Mass – Approx. 3.3 kg
  • BD/DVD drive – (read only) – BD × 6 CAV, DVD × 8 CAV
  • Input/ Output – Super-Speed USB (USB 3.1 Gen.1) port × 3; AUX port × 1
  • Networking – Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)×1; IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac; Bluetooth® 4.0 (LE)
  • Power – AC 100V, 50/60Hz
  • Power consumption – Max. 310W
  • Operating temperature – 5ºC – 35ºC
  • AV output – HDMI out port (supports 4K/HDR); Digital Out (OPTICAL) port

This newer version is not exactly a brand new console as you may think, but is more of an upgrade and improvement on pre-existing hardware. The upgraded specs allow for 4K (4096×2160 pixels) gaming, higher frame rates, and will enable developers to include much more detailed graphics and textures by taking advantage of the extra power. The PS4 Pro can output games at 4K by default, this means that even older games made previously for 1080P, will now benefit by being displayed at 4K resolution, the console will even be able to stream online media in 4K. It must be noted however, that the PS4 Pro will not be able to play 4K optical media, unlike the current Microsoft Xbox One S models.

A feature that I am pleased to see return, is the inclusion of a Digital Optical Out port for audio. This port was for some reason (speculated to reduce manufacturing cost), not included with the updated “PS4 Slim” version. If like me, you currently utilize a wireless digital gaming headset, then this effectively renders the headset useless as the connection requires the optical out port.

All previous PS4 games will be compatible with this new console. Sony has stated that they do no intend on releasing PS4 Pro exclusive games, instead developers will need to ensure their titles can play on both the enhanced pro model, and the base spec slim model. PS4 Pro owners will, however, have access to better quality gaming experiences, as developers are encouraged to include features that will only be available if being played on this updated console, and make use of the upgraded technology.

The PS4 Pro will present a refinement on already amazing technology. It remains to be seen just how much added performance, benefits, and features this will give buyers, or if this console will enable the PlayStation VR to utilize the extra power for its future titles.

Luckily, we do not have to ponder these questions for much longer, as the PS4 Pro is currently scheduled for a November 10th, 2016 release date worldwide.

Let us know your thoughts below in the comments section or on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. Do you plan on buying this new model for the extra power, or are you satisfied with your current PS4 console?

  Source: VG247
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