Seconds after Apple showed folks how to do a keynote, Sony Playstation popped up with broken microphones and 13% of the charisma to announce something somewhat deflating. The Playstation Pro is the upgraded Playstation 4 being in up to the minute technology, possibly, at a new, much more expensive price point.
Whilst avoiding going into any actual hardware spec details Sony now has the time to tweak their machine however they see fit to make sure it’s competitive. Shockingly one thing we do know is the PS4 Pro does not have a 4K Blu-ray player. Perhaps this gives Playstation something to announce in time for Christmas next year, if the disc market remains popular. The Pro seems entirely competent with the ability to do 4K and HDR gaming and perhaps it might seem refreshing to focus on gaming. Whilst that might so hopeful Netflix’ new 4K app was mentioned.
From the demonstration, the Pro seems entirely competent with the ability to do 4K and HDR gaming. The hardware required for making the PS4 capable of gaming 4k would be considerable, take a look at PC gaming, an expensive endeavor and most PC’s can’t do it competently yet, at 60fps. Many fear the PS4 Pro would probably just upscale games.
Similar to how they handled the price point: announce first with only vague details, forcing the competition to be specific, allowing Sony to make a last minute decisions.
Digging around the net GameSpot has the specs for the PS4 Pro (known as the Neo before announcement) has:
- Main processor: Custom-chip single Processor
- CPU: x86-64 AMD “Jaguar,” 8 cores
- GPU: 4.20 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon™ based graphics engine
- Memory: GDDR5 8GB
- Storage size: 1TB
- External dimensions: Approx. 295×55×327 mm (width × height × length) (excludes largest projection)
- Mass: Approx. 3.3 kg
- BD/DVD Drive: BD × 6 CAV, DVD × 8 CAV
- Input/Output: Super-Speed USB (USB 3.1 Gen.1) port × 3, AUX port × 1
- Networking: Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)×1, IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth® 4.0 (LE)
- Power: AC 100V, 50/60Hz
- Power consumption: Max. 310W
- Operating temp: 5ºC – 35ºC
- AV Output: HDMI out port (supports 4K/HDR) DIGITAL OUT (OPTICAL) portSome notable things.1TB storage, no 4K Bluray support, 802.11 AC Wifi (thank the tech gods for improved wifi), it does retain optical audio output (unlike the PS4 Slim), USB 3.1 Gen. 1 is actually USB 3.0 rebranded. Expect the same performance out of it as a USB 3.0 port. Improved bluetooth (I’m not sure if the new controller is rocking bluetooth 4.0 but my guess is yes)
4.2 TFLOPS puts the GPU between the GTX 970 (3.49) and the GTX 980 (4.6 TFLOPS) in pure compute power but we need to keep in mind pure compute power isn’t everything. Realistically I would expect it to perform equal to or slightly better than a 980 once you take into account new rendering tech and optimization.