Sony’s epcial event that was scheduled for today has officially come and gone. With the presentation we now have a crystal clear picture of Sony’s vision for a family of PlayStation 4 consoles. There were two consoles revealed at the event, one that was the worst kept secret in gaming and the other is one that was a foregone conclusion.
The first console revealed is what will be referred to as the new, standard PS4 system. What is basically the PS4 Slim is a slimmer, sleeker model of the system that will be rolling out to stores over the next week. The new system is a standard mid-life, console redesign and really doesn’t bring anything new to the table in terms of performance or features. It has more efficient hardware under the hood but ultimately does everything that your current PS4 does now. This console will retail for $299.99.
The other reveal was the PlayStation 4 Pro. This is Sony’s suped-up version of the PS4, which is designed to take full advantage of Ultra HD / 4K resolutions and HDR enabled displays. In order to get the full benefit of this system, you will need to have a television or monitor capable of these things. Owners of standard, high def displays (1080P) will notice slight improvements to their games, such as higher polygon counts and smoother frame rates. The system, which will launch on November 10, 2016 for $399.99, will include a 1TB HDD and deliver the most visually impressive console performance that the industry has seen.
Both systems will run the exact same games, so you don’t have to worry about there being a split in the user base or title offerings. There will just be some visual differences between them depending on which system you happen to be using.