Sony took the wraps off its PlayStation 4 Pro, and it packs an intriguing amount of power and features unforeseen in the console world. It is a more powerful PS4 that will support 4K and HDR. It will cost $400 and be out on November 10. It’s intended to be sold alongside the base PlayStation 4 instead of replacing it, and new games will still be playable on the older hardware.
The GPU inside the PS4 Pro is widely believed to be a downclocked variant of AMD’s RX 480 running at 911MHz. The GPU is substantially more powerful than the PlayStation 4’s GPU, with twice the CUs and a higher clock rate. It is absolutely capable of delivering much better performance than the PlayStation 4 could.
Unlike with the Xbox One S, Sony also spelled out the benefits of the buying a Pro, even if you don’t own a 4K TV. The new, beefier machine will make the existing games look and perform better on the 1080p TV that is sitting in your living room right now, and can also give PlayStation Virtual Reality games a facelift, too.
Sony also boosted the clock rate for the new PS4 Pro. It’ll also come with a 1TB hard drive. ‘PS4 Pro isn’t intended to blur the line between the console generations,’ Mark Cerny, the chief architect for the PS4, said that. ‘Instead, the vision is to take the PS4 experience to extraordinary new levels.’