Sony unveiled its highly-anticipated PlayStation 4 Pro a month ago, awing the world with its 4K and HDR capabilities.
The mid-generation console update improves on an already-impressive console, the PlayStation 4, and takes on Microsoft’s upcoming Project Scorpio. Sony is already leading Microsoft in terms of console sales, but it needed this upgrade to maintain a stronghold on the console gaming industry. And if the Pro’s specs are any indication, it looks like the company has indeed delivered.
Sony’s chief architect, Mark Cerny, shed some light on what PS4 Pro is and what it is capable of. While he did say that the Pro doesn’t necessarily represent a new generation of consoles, he mentioned that it is meant to help delivers work on even more impactful and immersive games than possible before.
4K and HDR
The Pro is powered by a second identical GPU along with the main one. Compared to the PS4’s 1.8 teraflops, the Pro is capable of producing a massive 4.2 teraflops. The number of CPU cores is the same (eight) but the clock speed is comparatively higher. In addition, there is a higher 8GB GDDR5 RAM, along with an extra 1GB of conventional DRAM for better multitasking.
All this additional power is what makes the PS4 Pro capable of achieving a native 4K resolution. Upcoming games like the Horizon Dawn, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will be playable at an impressive 2160p resolution, thanks to this firepower and a checkerboard technique that changes the formation of the pixels to achieve higher-fidelity graphics. However, do note that not every game will be playable on 4K
“The PS4 Pro is 2.28 times more powerful than the original PS4.”
Sony has also worked out a way to help the PlayStation 4 Pro play games designed for its predecessor. All it does is turn off the second GPU and makes a few tweaks here and there. As a result, developers don’t need to do any extra work to make their games playable on both the consoles.
The PlayStation 4 Pro is scheduled to hit the stores in a few months time while the Microsoft Project Scorpio willsee a public release in the last quarter of 2017. Neither company has revealed the exact release date, nor the pricing details.
Via: The Verge