Welcome to a special edition of the Weekly Knockout, our weekly round-up of the biggest gaming news for the week. In this special edition we detail all the announcements Sony made at the PlayStation Meeting (7th September), from the official unveiling of the PlayStation 4 Slim, to their latest console, the PlayStation 4 Pro.
PlayStation 4 Slim Announced
First of Sony started by officially unveiling the already leaked, to the point of being un-boxed and even reviewed, PlayStation 4 Slim. The PlayStation 4 Slim is, surprise, surprise, a slimmer version of the PlayStation 4 that will become the standard version of the console moving forward. The console will be available in select territories from 15th September, and will cost $299 / €299 / £259. It’s worth noting that other than being more energy efficient the PlayStation 4 Slim will feature no enchantments over the current model, in fact some consumers may even see the Slim as a downgrade as it will not feature an optical out port.
PlayStation 4 Pro Unveiled
The PlayStation 4 Pro – previously titled as the PlayStation Neo in rumours, and as the high-end PlayStation when Sony confirmed the device’s existence – was unveiled at today’s PlayStation Meeting. The console will serve as a “complement [to] the original PS4” as opposed to being “…the start of a new console generation, nor is it a console that’s going to blur the lines between generations.”. The console will support HDR and 4K gaming (as a result of up-scaling), in addition to improving upon the visuals and performance of PlayStation VR games if compared to the current PlayStation 4. 4K and HDR support will be available for a range of current and upcoming games, such as Shadow of Mordor, inFAMOUS First Light, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Horzion: Zero Dawn, Mass Effect Andromeda, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, and Spider-Man PS4 [working title].
In addition to supporting 4K gaming, the console will also feature a Netflix app that will feature over 600 hours worth of content including titles such as MARVEL’s Luke Cage. However, the PlayStation 4 Pro will not support 4K Blu-rays. Finally, the PlayStation 4 Pro will boast a 1TB HDD as standard, models with high storage capacity, or if the HDD can be replaced (as with both the PlayStation 4 current and PlayStation 4 Slim).
The PlayStation 4 Pro will release 10th November at the price of $399 / €399 / £349.
HDR Firmware Update
At today’s PlayStation Meeting, Sony also announced that a firmware update, scheduled for release next week, will allow all PlayStation 4 models to support HDR 10 output.
And that’s pretty much a wrap on the fairly short PlayStation Meeting. Doubtless we will hear more about the PlayStation Pro at PSX this year. Finally, if you are interested in our thoughts on the event then you can check out our live blog, and be sure to tune into the Punch Cast, where we will almost certainly spend way to long talking about a device probably none of us are going to buy.