Sony has officially launched new PS4 Pro console and as rumors suggested it is a mid-life revamp for the machine which will render games in better resolution, increased graphical fidelity.
The big question is, should you really upgrade to the PS4 Pro at this point of time when the next generation console is just a year to go? Here are all the things that the new Playstation 4 could do and the ones that it couldn’t handle. You should be able to make an informed decision once you have a clear idea if the upgrade is worth your money.
Sony unveiled the console at the Playstation event. Slated for launch on November 10th, the console is priced at $399 in the U.S. The new Playstation 4 Pro now features a bigger 1 TB hard drive with a graphics card that is twice as powerful as the older model. It also features a new AMD chip based on the Polaris graphical architecture.
The company’s boss proudly said that the Pro console is capable of rendering games at a resolution that was thought not possible for any gaming device in 2016. However, it is not going to play games in 4K resolution any time soon. PS4 Pro is designed to allow gamers to play most games in 1080p resolution and maybe in 60 frames per second on titles that allow them. Hardware constraints will still be persistent on the console but it will be much better when compared to the PS4.
Instead, they make use of the 4K display and HDR capabilities that makes games look much better. Demos shown during the launch included For Honor, Deus Ex Mankind Divided and the new Spider Man. HDR showcased photorealistic gaming experience that leads to huge visual improvement even though they don’t natively render game in 2K or 4K resolutions for now.
Some existing titles like Uncharted 4, Middle Earth Shadow of Mordor and Infamous Last Light were also demoed on the PS4 Pro console with HDR turned on. They can be enjoyed on 1080p displays as well. The new console will not be able to run 4K blurays. Over half-a-dozen existing games on the PS4 console will be tweaked in the following months so that they can use the full power of the Pro console when it gets launched.
Sony has confirmed that the Playstation 4 console will continue to receive all the games and will use the same discs. However, the quality of content on Playstation 4 Pro will be significantly different.