Yesterday evening Sony unveiled the new line of Playstation 4 consoles: The Slim and the Pro. The former announcement was pretty funny considering someone already unboxed it a fortnight ago.
The Playstation 4 Slim is a smaller Playstation 4, nothing too exciting there. The really interesting part was the Playstation 4 Pro. It is a more powerful Playstation that is capable of outputting games at a 4K resolution and use HDR (High-Definition Rendering) which, basically means that the games will look even better than they do now – to a point.
There will basically be two versions of games: the “Pro” version and the normal version. The latter will be the one shown at 4K with HDR whilst the latter, if you are playing the Pro on a non-4K resolution television, will just have the HDR enabled. So your games will look better regardless of what kind of HD television you are playing the Playstation Pro on.
Older games won’t necessarily take advantage of the extra power, however. It will be up to the developers and the publishers if they want to release a patch that lets them do that. It isn’t clear which older games will outside of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and Shadows of Mordor, but one could make an educated assumption that any big AAA Sony published game will eventually work. Newer games that are from now on will be able to be played in 4K and use HDR. There were trailers and previews of games like Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Watchdogs 2, Horizon Zero Dawn, For Honor and, surprisingly, Mass Effect: Andromeda.
There was one problem: those of us who were watching it over the internet could not tell the differences between the “Pro” and normal version of games. I mean, the presentation was streamed at 720p-1080p over the internet. High resolutions and HDR are just lost. Word on the street that the games looked great, though.
I personally wouldn’t buy a Playstation 4 Pro unless I owned a 4K Television. HDR looks good, but it isn’t such a profound jump that I would buy a “Pro” over a Slim with a normal HD television. And 4K televisions are too expensive right now for it to be worth the investment.
The Playstation 4 Slim is out on the 15th of September and is priced at £259/$299/€299.
The Playstation 4 Pro is being released on the 10th of November and is priced at £349/$399/€399.