Last Wednesday, Sony announced the PS4 Slim as well as what was going to be the PS4 Neo. Except, now it’s called the PS4 Pro. Basically it’s better graphics: HDR and 4K. The unfortunate thing is that you need a TV that supports it. What this also means is that consoles are no longer going to be on the same playing field graphics and frame-rate-wise.
Whether this is a good thing or not is totally up to you. My own personal opinion is that this is probably the best way. I’m all for improving technology and allowing artists to use the colours they really want and to produce work they can really be proud of but also not letting down the faithful gamers who are playing on what some people have called “lesser TVs.”
And don’t worry, you don’t have to buy a new generation of games and you don’t have to wait for a “PS4 Pro” version of a game. A lot of current games (Uncharted 4 and the latest Ratchet & Clank game for example) have teams working on an HDR setting that’s just a simple 100MB download. For a lot of future games the setting will be built in, but it does depend on the developer.
If you have a PS4 Pro and don’t have the TV to produce such visuals, the console will render the game internally and “super-sample it down for 1080p.”
In all honesty, the PS4 Pro is basically just giving you better visual experience. When you look at it, there is a noticeable difference: the colours are more vibrant, the pictures more detailed and they all tell more of a story. But this is also another way of saying that you can now see every pine needle on a tree, a bush in the far distance is not blurry, and there are prettier reflections on swords and axes. Whether you think this is worth the upgrade, again, is totally up to you.
On that note, this also came out at the PlayStation Meeting:
Some new gameplay from Mass Effect Andromeda!! As you’ll see in the video, a new trailer is announced for N7 day (November 7th) so I am super amped! November can’t come any quicker! And if you, like me, are just too keen, you can download some 4K screenshots to plaster all over your walls from the Mass Effect website