Sony has launched the PS4 Pro, a brand new, 4K and HDR compatible PlayStation. The only drawback is that it doesn't support 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays...

Sony's new addition to the PS4 family is official. The PS4 Pro is geared towards 4K and features HDR support. It launches 10th November and will cost £349.

The PS4 Pro can upscale games to 4K resolution but stops short of being able to handle native 4K games. However, the PS4 Pro can handle any HDR (High Dynamic Range) content which features in upcoming game releases. Which flavours of HDR content the console can accommodate remains to be seen.

It's been confirmed that Sony's new console can't play 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays, which puts it at a significant disadvantage when compared to the Xbox One S. It seems very strange for Sony to leave this feature out given Sony's support for the original format.

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4K streaming services are supported by the PS4 Pro - a new Netflix app will be available for the PS4 Pro at launch, while Sony is in talks with YouTube to develop a 4K-supporting app for the console. There's no word on whether Amazon Video's 4K service will be supported at launch.

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The console itself shares some design traits of the original, such as the slanted exterior, but the new model features a new triple-layered design, a 1TB hard drive and a more powerful graphics processor.

The Dual Shock controller has been tweaked too, with light from the light bar now running in a strip along the top edge of the touchpad.

In other news, every standard PS4 will be made HDR-compatible via a firmware update which will be made available next week. The original PlayStation 4 couldn't stream 4K video, so this should theoretically only come into play with compatible games.

There's also a slimmer version of the PS4 launching 15th September. The trimmed down version of the console features the same hardware as big brother and will cost £259.

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Comments

NSA_watch_my_toilet's picture

Yeah, let's do this

Everybody speaks about ecology today. So let's do a console needing 3x much more firepower to display a content that nobody could possibly see as better than a 1.2k. This will use more current, this will need more components and ressources, and will cost more.

We are Geniuses !

Your Playstation and Microsoft team.

utomo's picture

Playstation VR

so, when Sony will release Playstation VR ? 

I think it is the right time for VR

Vinci92's picture

Question :)

4k DVD player or only streamer?

AlbaBrown's picture

Lack of 4K BD the only drawback???

For a games machine to be marketed as a 4K Pro (ha) device , when it's clear it won't have the horsepower to run anything but the most primitive games at 4K (and probably only 30fps at that), I'd say that's  another (bigger) drawback!

From a marketing perspective, the lack of 4K BD is will be more damaging for the success of 4K BD.

However, I can't understand why any serious movie fan would want to use a games console for 4K BD playback anyway - the controllers are counter intuitive for the task, and general operating noise, should be putting them off!

Surely, given that the existing machines struggled to hit 1080p60fps on a number of titles, these new higher spec machines are what should have been launched in the first place....

Botswana Jones's picture

2 Birds With One Stone

Why not use an Xbox One S for playback of 4K Ultra Discs and Gaming? Higher specs and a very reasonable price compared to a stand alone 4K player! Many people can't afford the Panasonic and the Xbox One S is half the price! 

The 4K Ultra Disc format will not live or die based on Sonys foolish decision not to include it in their PS4 Pro. Lots of people will buy an Xbox One S. In fact they are already flying off the shelves! Where else can you find a player that will do both functions for $349.99?