Sony has finally thrown back the curtain on the highly anticipated PS4 Neo. The official name of the new and improved console, however, is the PS4 Pro. With enhanced graphics capabilities, a bigger hard drive, and a different design the PS4 Pro edges out its predecessor, but isn’t as powerful as some were expecting.
PS4 Pro Details
As everyone expected, Sony officially unveiled the PS4 Pro, as well as the PS4 Slim, at the PlayStation meeting that took place on September 7th, 2016. There have been all kinds of rumors that were spreading like wildfire about the console long before it was announced. Some of these rumors turned out true while others were confirmed as false.
Below we’ve provided a complete breakdown of the official specifications of the PlayStation 4 Pro including details regarding it’s GPU, processor, built-in RAM, 4K capabilities, and more.
Here are the official specs of the Pro:
CPU: X86-64 AMD Jaguar 8-Cores
GPU: 4.2 TFLOPS (AMD Radeon)
RAM: 8GB GDDR5
I/O: (3) USB 3.1, (1) Aux
Networking: Ethernet, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0
A/V: HDMI with 4K/HDR Support, Optical Port
Many analysts and gamers were expecting this console to release at a price as high as $499.99. Turns out, it is slightly cheaper than most believed. Sony announced that the PS4 Pro will be available in November and will retail for $399.99.
Is that too expensive? A lot of gamers believe it is considering the system isn’t capable of running 4K Blu-Ray discs and, in some cases, will only provide upscaled 4K. Additionally, the console only got a 500GB upgrade to the original PS4’s hard drive and just a slight boost in processing power.
Regardless, the console will debut at $400. We also fully expect Sony to announce a couple of bundle packages for the system before the holiday season. This will likely only mean the addition of games and perhaps an extra controller, though – similar to the standard PS4 bundles. We highly doubt there will be a version of the Pro that comes with a larger hard drive at this time.
PS4 Pro Compatible Titles
Okay, so a new, bigger, badder system is coming out – will there be many games that support the enhanced graphics and capabilities of the hardware, though? The answer is yes. Several developers have already come out and stated that some of their titles will be 4K-ready by the time the PS4 Pro launches in November.
What games can you expect to be able to play at higher resolutions?
- The Elder Scrolls Online
- Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
- Uncharted 4
- Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
- Infamous: First Light
- Middle Earth: Shadows of Mordor
- Mass Effect: Andromeda
- Final Fantasy 15
- For Honor
- Days Gone
- Horizon: Zero Dawn
- Dishonored 2
- Rise of the Tomb Raider
- Killing Floor 2
- Watch Dogs 2
NOTE: The games listed above are ones that are currently confirmed as being Pro-compatible. Additional titles will likely be announced in the near future. We’ll keep everyone updated as more developers provide details on the games they will make compatible with the new system.
PS4 Pro vs Xbox Scorpio
So how does the Pro stack up against Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox Scorpio console? Well, to be honest, it’s still difficult to say since we don’t have any concrete details regarding what the Scorpio will have to offer. Microsoft has, however, come out after Sony announced the PS4 Pro and stated that they are still confident their new console will edge out the competition.
The biggest thing, though, is that the Scorpio isn’t expected to release until November of 2017. That date could change since Microsoft is certainly under pressure to get in the market and compete with the recently announced PS4 Pro, but, nevertheless, the Scorpio isn’t coming anytime soon.
For the sake of speculation, though, let’s talk about the pros and cons of each system based on the information we have at this time.
In terms of graphical power it would seem that the Scorpio is definitely going to come out on top providing the info we have so far is accurate. Many sources have claimed that the Scorpio’s GPU will have 6 teraflops of power whereas the PS4 Pro only has 4.2. This data alone leads us to believe that the Scorpio will have a major graphical advantage.
In other hardware departments, such as CPU and RAM the Pro and the Scorpio seem to be fairly similar. Both are said to have 8GB of DDR5 RAM and both are equipped with 8-core processors. The biggest differences here will be in how each platform utilizes architecture which will only provide mostly negligible advantages.
One big thing that could have a major impact on how people view these 2 consoles is price. Right now, we only know that the PS4 Pro will be available for $399.99. Microsoft hasn’t laid out a figure for the Scorpio just yet. Rumors are running amuck claiming that the Scorpio could be deemed a more “premium” console and launch at a more expensive price point. This could Sony a decided advantage, but only time will tell.
Based on all of the information we have at this time and how both Sony and Microsoft have treated this new mid-generation of consoles we truly believe Sony did NOT create the PS4 Pro to directly compete with the Scorpio. It seems they wanted to deliver a product for the more hardcore fans that want a little more from their system, but not an entirely new generation of console.
The Scorpio, in all honesty, sounds more like a next-gen platform than a slight upgrade to the Xbox One. Hence the hefty improvement in graphical power and the ability to play 4K Blu-Rays out of the box. It’ll be interesting to see if these companies market their products as competing platforms or as a midway upgrade for their predecessors.