Sony Unveils New PS4s

Originally posted Sep. 12.

At Sony Interactive’s New York Conference on Sept. 7, two new PlayStation 4 models were announced.

The PlayStation Slim model had been leaked online in late August, but was officially confirmed at the conference. The model is a slimmer, lighter and “more energy efficient” version of the company’s PlayStation 4, according to Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Interactive. It will be available Sept. 15, and is currently available for preorder from Amazon for $299.

The other console that was announced was the PlayStation Pro. Originally named the PlayStation Neo, the Pro console is “designed to stand alongside and compliment the PlayStation 4,” said House. The Pro’s graphic processing unit is twice as powerful as the original PlayStation 4’s at 4.20 teraflops. It will also contain a one-terabyte hard drive.

The games will be the same discs and downloads, but the in-game models and graphics will be more detailed on the Pro. House said that the Pro will also improve the framerate on the future PlayStation VR, the company’s virtual reality headset.

The following games are some that are already released, but are expected to be forward-compatible with the Pro: Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, The Last of Us: Remastered, The Witness and The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited.

The PlayStation Pro will be released on Nov. 10, but is already available for preorder on Amazon for $399.

House also announced that, through a firmware update, all PlayStation 4 models will be compatible with High Dynamic Range TV sets. HDR TVs are capable of 4k HD playback, allowing for a more realistic and detailed image than a current HD TV.

A new PlayStation 4 controller with USB connection for control has also been announced. This will allow players to play without a constant bluetooth connection, as the current controllers rely on it even when they’re plugged in to charge.

There were not any new games announced, but various upcoming games were used to show of the Pro’s abilities. These games included Mass Effect Andromeda, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Watch Dogs 2, and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.

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