Release date and specs were announced recently for the PS4 Pro, Sony’s amped up version of the original PS4. And it’s leaving a lot of PS4 owners wondering if they should fork over more money to upgrade after only 3 years has passed since the original PS4 launch.
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Here is what you need to know about the PS4 Pro
Q: When can you get it?
The PS4 Pro is launching in the US and Canada on November 10, 2016.
Q: How much will it cost you?
A PS4 Pro will sell for a suggested retail price of $399.99 USD or $499.99 CAD.
Q: Will the PS4 Pro have exclusive games?
No, there will not be games that run only on the PS4 Pro. The PS4 Pro is under the same ecosystem as the original PS4. The only difference you will see is that games running on the PS4 Pro will look better and perform better.
Q: Can the PS4 Pro play 4K Blu-ray discs?
No, the PS4 Pro’s Blu-ray drive does not support playback of 4K Blu-ray discs. It can only handle the same Blu-ray specs as the original PS4.
The people out there that have an extensive collection of 4K Blu-ray’s (I can’t imagine there are many, but leave me a comment below if I’m wrong) are sure to be upset about this. But I personally agree with Sony’s decision to leave this feature out. Consumers continue to move towards digital copies of their purchased games, music and movies. I think it would be foolish for Sony to add development time or updated hardware, bumping up the cost of the PS4 Pro for 4K video that can be viewed with services like Netflix and YouTube.
Q: What’s inside?
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
- 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
- AV Output: HDMI out port (supports 4K/HDR) DIGITAL OUT (OPTICAL) port
When we compare the tech specs above to that of the original PS4’s, we see only three differences. You’ll be getting one extra USB port with the PS4 Pro. The storage size has been increased from 500GB to 1TB. Lastly, the graphics engine will be more than twice as powerful and capable of outputting 4K resolutions with HDR support.
Is that enough of a change to justify a $100 price difference? Without a question, but only if you already have a 4K TV. Even if you have the original PS4, selling it right now is going to net you around $250 to $275. Leaving you with a cost of $125 to $150 out-of-pocket to upgrade. If you stop and think, upgrading the graphics card and hard disk drive in a computer would easily cost this… maybe more. I guarantee you that the out-of-pocket cost will increase as we get closer to launch, so get your pre-order in if you are one of the lucky people with a 4K TV (I’m not one of those lucky people).
I was hesitant and somewhat angered when I first heard Sony and Microsoft were releasing souped up versions of their consoles. After all, I already paid my money three years ago and expected it to last for seven years like it did with the last generation.
But I was wrong to be upset. After seeing the specs and the price tag, I believe Sony is giving us a good deal on a very powerful console.