Sony PS4 Pro: Specifications
Details of the PS4 Pro’s specifications make for good reading for those interested in such things.
Here’s what you get from your new machine:
- Model number: CUH-7000 series
- Single-chip custom processor
- CPU: x86-64 AMD “Jaguar”, 8 cores
- GPU: 4.20 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon based graphics engine
- GDDR5 8GB RAM
- 1TB Hard drive
- Approximately 295 × 55 × 327 mm (excludes largest projection)
- Approximately 3.3 kg
- BD × 6 CAV
- DVD × 8 CAV
- Super-Speed USB (USB 3.1 Gen.1) port × 3
- AUX port × 1
- Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T) × 1
- IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
- Bluetooth 4.0 (LE)
- AC 100V, 50/60Hz
- Max. 310W
- 5-degrees C – 35-degrees C
- HDMI out port (supports 4K/HDR)
- Digital out (optical port)
Sony PS4 Pro: Will it replace the current PS4?
The PS4 Pro is more a mid-generation console than a complete new-gen machine. It is designed to complement rather than discard the original PlayStation. Instead, the company also ranges a new, slimmer PS4, which was released recently to replace the original box completely.
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Sony PS4 Pro: Can it really run games in 4K?
There are plenty of naysayers who suggest that the GPU configuration will never be able to run games in a 4K resolution.
Sony, however, states otherwise. Since its announcement we have seen it running several games in 4K Ultra HD and they look superb. What’s more, they adopt High Dynamic Range (HDR) picture tech too, in order to make use of a wider colour gamut and expanded contrast.
Some developers might choose to drop the resolution a tad in order to up frame rate, but the console itself is capable of native 4K rendering.
Many games will use checkerboard 4K rendering, which is more effective than upscaling but gets around data processing limits by rendering small blocks of pixels rather than each individually. But there will also be some that have full, native 4K graphics.
Sony PS4 Pro: Can it playback 4K video?
During the launch, Sony Computer Entertainment boss Andrew House confirmed that both Netflix and YouTube are on board as streaming partners. New versions of their apps should now be available to PS4 Pro owners.
They both offer 4K and/or HDR video content for users to stream on their consoles via the internet. They will no doubt be followed by other services.
One bone of contention about the console’s media ambitions though is that it cannot, for some unfathomable reason, play 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs. Considering Sony is a major driver in that format, with one of the biggest libraries of discs available, it seems an odd omission.
It doesn’t seem to be something that can be added later through a software update either. The disc drive itself is not capable of spinning 4K Blu-rays.