Well, that was a little bit boring. Just as expected the PlayStation 4 Slim was announced at the PlayStation Meeting, before Sony went headfirst into the PlayStation 4 Pro, the official name for PS4 Neo. It was touted as a 4K console with HDR capabilities, and Sony said a number of first and third-party titles will be getting patched to support it.
As for the innards, Sony remained fairly tight lipped. The PlayStation 4 Pro has double the GPU power and makes use of AMD Polaris architecture advancements.
The troubling bit is, not once did Sony specifically any game was running at native 4K resolution. Mark Cerny said it was phenomenally close, but it looks like we have an upscale job on our hands. If you’re one of the 99% of people who don’t have a 4K HDR TV, then the 1080p versions of games are also going to see increased fidelity and antialiasing improvements via patches. It was tricky to see on a blurry stream but I couldn’t see much of a difference in truth. Insomniac’s Spider Man game was on show and that appeared to have a very poor frame rate. Also shown running on PS4 Pro was Watch Dogs 2, For Honor and the ever impressive Horizon: Zero Dawn.
We then had a couple of publisher big dogs take to the stage and show off COD: Infinite Warfare at supposed 4K / 60 frames per second and a new trailer for Mass Effect Andromeda. Both looked mighty fine, I have to admit.
One of the biggest benefits seems to be for PlayStation VR. A game called Farsight was shown and Cerny claimed the pixel count had been doubled over the normal PS4 version, leading to a much more detailed image. The benefits for PSVR seem a lot more tangible than 4K upscaling, although the value proposition of PSVR against the competition dissipates when you factor in a new console purchase.
And for the all important price - PS4 Pro will retail for $399 / £349, while the PS4 Slim will be $299 / £269. The PS4 Slim hits next week on September 15th and the PS4 Pro is with us November 10th. And that was just about it. No Rockstar, so boo, but we did at least get a few new peeks at some upcoming titles.
What do you make of the announcements, interested in buying either of these consoles?