After series of rumors, Sony at an event in New York, announced two new versions of the PS4: a slimmed-down version of the original console, and an upgraded version that will begin shipping next year.
Sony also announced some upgrades coming to its DualShock controllers, as well as a handful of new games.
Smaller and Cheaper PlayStation
The new console is nearly identical to the original in terms of functionality. But the slim version will come with a slightly redesigned light bar that is visible from the front for the first time.
An upgraded console is coming November 10th
The next generation of the PlayStation 4 “PlayStation Pro”, an improved version of the original PlayStation will ship November 10th for $399.
The device, which was codenamed Neo, will feature a faster processor, better graphics, and support for 4K resolution.
PlayStation Pro will be sold alongside the base model, and is intended for more serious gamers. It is powered by an upgraded GPU and comes with a 1TB hard drive.
HDR on every PlayStation 4
Sony announced with firmware update next week, will enable every PlayStation with HDR feature. High dynamic range (HDR) video creates brighter, more detailed images by creating a better range between the darkest darks and lightest lights in an image.
The PlayStation Pro will support HDR gaming and video playback. At this point it’s not clear whether PS4 will support HDR gaming, though. HDR supporting television is necessary in order to view the improved images.
Some PS4 Pro games will get improved graphics
The same games will be available on every PlayStation 4, but owners of the Pro console will get access to better graphics.
An as-yet unspecified number of PS4 games will sport improved graphics on the Pro, including Mass Effect: Andromeda, Horizon Zero Dawn, and an upcoming Spider-Man title.
We’re hoping to get more details about Sony’s plan for improved graphics.