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By 8 September 2016 | Categories: news

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The big talk heading into E3 2016 earlier this year was what Microsoft and Sony had on the hardware front. For the former it was the sleeker Xbox One S console, as well as the mysterious yet powerful project Scorpio. Sony on the other hand, opted against showing off any new consoles, instead using its PlayStation Meeting event in New York to do so last night.

To that end the Japanese company had two new offerings, with a slimmer standard model of the PS4 and high-powered Pro variant on show. Whereas the slim version is all about being smaller and lighter, the Pro is focused on staying faster, better and stronger to paraphrase some Daft Punk lyrics. As such, the PS4 Pro is capable of delivering gameplay on four different visual platforms: 4K, High Dynamic Range (HDR), HDTV and PlayStation VR (PSVR).

It was the former two that were shown off last night, with Horizon Zero Dawn getting an extensive gameplay demo in 4K (featured below). A number of upcoming titles will also cater to 4K gaming visuals, including EA's FIFA 17, Battlefield 1 and Mass Effect: Andromeda. Publisher Ubisoft also has PS4 Pro compatible titles on the way, with watch Dogs 2 and For Honor to name a few. One of the first games to work on the PS4 Pro is the divisive Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.

One of the interesting aspects of PS4 Pro, is that it will not require a different disc to be purchased, with select standard PS4 ones working on both the normal and Pro versions of the console. Added to this, Sony is in talks with publishers to port a dozen or more older titles to the PS4 Pro platform as part of its 'Forward Compatibility program'.


The PS4 Pro will launch on 10 November in select regions for an estimated $399.99. Much like the new PS4, there's no confirmation of when it will land in SA. One thing is certain, however. Microsoft now has a benchmark for how much more powerful Project Scorpio needs to be when it debuts next year.

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