Sony has announced the PlayStation 4 Pro, an upgraded PS4 model capable of 4K and High Dynamic Range visuals, at a press conference in New York City. The device will retail at £349 and be released on 10 November 2016.
Lead hardware architect Mark Cerny took to the stage to discuss details of the console once code-named Neo. The focus was on the capabilities of 4K visuals and High Dynamic Range (HDR) that the console will support and the benefits it brings to HD-enabled, but not 4K, television sets as well.
While detailed specs weren't discussed on stage, Cerny did say that the GPU in PS4 Pro has been doubled and the CPU clock rate has been boosted. A greater bandwidth was also confirmed.
Andrew House later confirmed that all PS4 games will continue to work on both original models, the new slimmer PS4 model and Neo, but with differing levels of performance. Sony is adamant that Neo players don't gain an unfair advantage however.
House also announced that all PS4 consoles, including the models sold in 2013 will be granted HDR support through a firmware update coming next week.
The PS4 Pro will retail in the US at $399, in Europe for €399 and in Japan for ¥44,980.
Cerny showed off the increased visual fidelity with footage from Ubisoft's For Honor and Watch Dogs 2, Square Enix's Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and Rise of the Tomb Raider, Insomniac's upcoming Spider-Man game and Tripwire Interactive's Killing Floor 2.
Sony Bend's post-apocalypse action game Days Gone, Naughty Dog's Uncharted 4: A Thief's End and Sucker Punch's Infamous: Second Son were also used to show off the impact HDR has on a game's visuals.
New footage from Guerrilla Games' upcoming open world adventure Horizon: Zero Dawn and Activision's Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare followed. Then came Mass Effect: Andromeda from BioWare, which showed off its first significant gameplay demo with PS4 Pro footage.
New Netflix and YouTube apps are also coming to PS4 Pro, with the former ready in time for Pro's release.
It was later confirmed that the Pro does not support 4K Blu Ray discs.