Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) recently introduced two new game consoles, namely the ‘PlayStation 4 Slim’ and an upgraded version of the PS4, the ‘PlayStation Neo’ which was then named ‘PlayStation 4 Pro’ (PS4 Pro). The PS4 Pro will fully strengthen VR imaging performance, expected to be opened to the public this year November 10. The PS4 Pro will support 4K resolution, high-dynamic range and higher frame rates.
Dealing with VR imaging requires powerful resources and computing power. PlayStation chief engineer, Mark Cerny, explained it packs the graphics processing unit (GPU), plus the use of AMD Polaris architecture, which doubles the standard in the PS4. The PS4 Pro has a faster processor and a 1Tb hard drive.
“The PlayStation VR experience at Sony Square NYC serves as a great example of our commitment to offer visitors the opportunity to interact with the curated selection of Sony’s groundbreaking entertainment and technologies,” said Steven Fuld, senior vice president of corporate marketing for Sony Corporation of America.
Although the PlayStation VR (PS4 VR) has a screen resolution of 1080p display, it still requires VR image showing a multi-angle vision, in order to achieve a more immersive virtual world. This makes the PS4 Pro to have a higher image computing power, providing no lagging of the images.
Soon after Sony’s presentation, AMD released the full PS4 Pro specs:
- Main processor: Custom-chip single Processor
- CPU: x86-64 AMD “Jaguar,” 8 cores
- GPU: 4.20 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon™ based graphics engine
- Memory: GDDR5 8GB
- Storage size: 1TB
- External dimensions: About 295×55×327 mm (width × height × length) (excludes largest projection)
- Mass: Approx. 3.3 kg
- BD/DVD Drive: BD × 6 CAV, DVD × 8 CAV
- Input/Output: Super-Speed USB (USB 3.1 Gen.1) port × 3, AUX port × 1
- Networking: Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)×1, IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth® 4.0 (LE)
- Power: AC 100V, 50/60Hz
- Power consumption: Max. 310W
- Operating temp: 5ºC – 35ºC
- AV Output: HDMI out port (supports 4K/HDR) DIGITAL OUT (OPTICAL) port
The PS Pro will be in the market for $399 on November 10, which is a hundred dollars more than the PlayStation 4 Slim.
The PS4 Pro supports a broad range of games, including the Horizon Zero Down. Here’s the gameplay trailer on what you’ll find using the PS4 Pro and the VR headset:
[Source: Digital Trends]