Today at the PlayStation Meeting in New York, President and Global CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment Andrew House announced two new models of the PlayStation 4.
The first new model will be the new standard model after it rolls out after September 15. It will have several improvements over the original PS4 model. House explains,
Our engineering and design teams collaborated to consolidate PS4’s high-performance technology into a smaller, more energy efficient form factor. When comparing the new PS4 model to the current model, we’ve reduced volume by 30 percent, weight by 16 percent, and power consumption by 28 percent. Despite the sleek design, the new model packs all of the same powerful components that have made PS4 the best place to play.
When the new standard model becomes available after September 15, 2016, it will retail for $299.99 USD
The second model is one of the worst kept secrets in the industry in the last year. Previously codenamed the Neo, the PlayStation 4 Pro will support 4K resolution and High Dynamic Range (HDR) as well as improved framerates thanks to a stronger CPU and GPU. For those whose eyes glaze over when these acronyms and numbers are thrown around, basically the new model will look a lot better on newer TVs that support 4K and HDR. If you have an older TV, the new model won’t benefit you much except some games may run smoother.
For those of you who like to know all the gritty details, here are the full specs of the PS4 Pro below:
- Main processor: Custom-chip single 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: 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 temp: 5ºC – 35ºC
- AV Output: HDMI out port (supports 4K/HDR) DIGITAL OUT (OPTICAL) port
House also announced that Netflix will launch a new app at the launch of PS4 Pro that supports 4K. YouTube is also developing a new 4K-compatible app for PS4 Pro.
The PlayStation 4 Pro will launch November 10, 2016 for $399.99 USD
You can watch the announcement yourself, if you wish, here.