Today in New York, PlayStation unveiled the latest iterations, and honestly the short conference was a let down. While we did see the PS4 Slim model, the PS4 Pro was nothing to write home about.
First Andrew House from PlayStation came out and revealed the PS4 Slim, which leaked on the internet earlier this year, so it was not a surprise. This Slim model will come at a price point of $299, and it releases on Sept. 15th. This was some of the best news of the show. Now those people who were on the fence about buying a PS4 may take the plunge. The newer model is small, lighter, quieter, and more energy efficient.
On the the PS4 Pro, which was explained to excruciating detail by Mark Cerny, lead architect at PlayStation. This was Sony's moment to really sell the PS4 Pro to the masses, and they failed. The Pro is a console only for those who have to have the highest level of visual fidelity possible, even though your average person can't tell the difference between 1080p and 4K. Let's be honest, if you're so concerned with how your games look, you are probably part of the PC crowd, and this doesn't interest you.
The PS4 Pro will play games in 4K, but it will not play 4K Blu-rays, Sony confirms. It will be backwards compatible with the PS4, and some games are even being patched to use the PS4 Pro's tech. Cerny also showed off the HDR capabilities of the Pro, noting the larger color pallet available in HDR. All PS4s will get a firmware update next enabling the use of HDR technology. The PS4 Pro will be available on Nov. 10th, and the specs for the system are below.
Sony used several games to so off the power of the Pro including Mass Effect: Andromeda, Watch Dogs 2, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, and more. The most exciting thing about this whole press meeting was the reveal of some Mass Effect: Andromeda gameplay. The game looks great, and I can't wait for it.