After months of speculation and a soft confirmation back in E3, Sony has finally revealed the PlayStation Neo as PlayStation 4 Pro.
The meeting started with Andrew House, the President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, talking about the success the PlayStation 4 has had since launch with 40 million units sold worldwide since its release back in 2013. A new version of the way the system looks is being released. It will act like the original PlayStation 4, but its design is smaller now. It will be the new standard of the original version of the PlayStation 4 and it will arrive in stores on September 15th, for $299.99.
After that announcement, Andrew House started talking about the future of the PlayStation 4 system and what we all wanted to know.:What is PlayStation Neo. With this, Andrew House had finally given us something with PlayStation 4 Pro.
Mark Cerny, the lead architect of the PlayStation 4, came out and started talking about what PlayStation 4 Pro is. The PlayStation 4 Pro is a 4K machine. He came out and showed off For Honor, Insomniac’s Spider-Man game, Watch Dogs 2, Horizon: Zero Dawn and Days Gone in 4K. People without a 4KTV can still enjoy added visuals to the game with better lighting and denser foliage. If you are going to get PlayStation VR, you’ll be able to enjoy it with the PS4Pro with better framerate and higher fidelity.
Activision then came out and showed off some new footage of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare running on PlayStation 4 Pro. They promise that the standard 60FPS that they pride themselves on will still be there working at 4K with PS4Pro. After the gameplay footage they announced that Infinite Warfare and Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Remastered will be PlayStation 4 Pro compatible out of the box with a Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 patch to support it later this year.
Electronics Arts took to the stage and showed off brand new gameplay footage of Mass Effect: Andromeda running on PS4Pro. They really didn’t show much but did hint that it’s coming early next year.
Andrew House came back to the stage and said that by the end of the year, Youtube and Netflix will have their 4K content ready to be used for the PlayStation 4 Pro. Because it doesn’t take much power to support HDR, both the PlayStation 4 Pro and the regular PlayStation 4 will have HDR. A patch to get HDR in regular PlayStation 4s will arrive sometime next week with PlayStation 4 Pro getting it out of the box.
The PlayStation 4 Pro will arrive on November 10th for $399.99.
That was a hell of lot of nothing. The only good thing to come about this is the hint that Mass Effect is coming early next year. I don’t have a 4KTV so this doesn’t really excite me, but it would have been better to show off unannounced games so we can at least be excited about something. While I do understand they needed to show games that are already announced, it wouldn’t hurt them to show something new and strongly emphasize that it’s coming to the original PlayStation 4 also. The fact that the PlayStation 4 Pro doesn’t support Ultra HD Blu-Rays is baffling to me. Maybe if I had 4KTV I might be a little bit more excited on it, but even with that I think I would at least wait awhile. It’s going to be interested to see what Microsoft does next with Scorpio.
Jesse Webster is a Senior Writer for MONG and is still quite happy with his PS4