In addition to Apple’s announcement of the iPhone 7, Sony unveiled two new PlayStation products last night. The PS4 Pro and PS4 Slim are launching this year and here’s everything we know.
08-09-2016 - by Thijs Kaagman
During a live conference in New York last night, Sony unveiled two new consoles in the PS4 line: the PlayStation 4 Slim and the PlayStation 4 Pro. Both models should release this year; the Slim on September 15 and the Pro on November 10.
The PlayStation 4 Slim is the least exciting console of the two, because essentially it’s the same machine Sony launched almost three years ago. (Yes, it’s been three years already) However, the console’s case has been upgraded and as the name suggests; it’s a lot slimmer. It’s width and depth should be the same as the current PS4, but it has almost half the height.
The PlayStation 4 Slim will launch on September 15 with a suggested retail price of € 299,-.
With three instead of two ‘layers’, the PlayStation 4 Pro is considerably “fatter” than the Slim, but it also packs a lot more hardware. Down the line, the Pro has around twice the graphical power that the current PS4 has and this is mostly used on 4K and HDR technology.
When we’re talking about 4K, we’re talking about the resolution. Currently 1080p is the standard for most hardware configurations, but we’re slowly moving towards the 4K-standard. The Pro will use upscaling techniques to display the 1080p images on a 4K screen. HDR stands for High Dynamic Range and this has a lot of effect on the depth of colours. Black should be a deeper black and red should be a brighter red, for example.
All this results in a sharper, brighter and more colourful image, even when you’re playing on a 1080p television instead of a new (and considerably more expensive) 4K screen. The system should also provide better support for the upcoming PS VR. Digital Foundry has all the ins and outs on these technologies.
The Pro also contains a new processor and a 1 terabyte hard disc. Notably lacking is a SSD hard disc, which would make the system boot itself and games a lot faster. The PlayStation 4 Pro will launch on November 10 with a suggested retail price of € 399,-.
Alongside these new consoles, the current accessories will receive an upgrade as well.
The DualShock 4 controller will be upgrade with a small light bar on the touch pad. It should glow in the same colour and patterns as the bar on the front of the controller.
The PlayStation Camera now has a cylindrical form instead of being a square block. This should make it easier to adjust the angle. Of course it’s also optimized for PS VR.
To place the PlayStation 4 in an upright position you’ll need a small stand to put it in. This new version is upgraded for the Slim and Pro editions.
Finally, the Platinum Wireless Headset. This one is marketed at the high-end market, with positional 7.1 virtual surround sound and hidden noise-cancelling microphones. It also works with PS VR and you can use it on your mobile phone using a 3.5mm cable (tough luck, iPhone 7 users).